Today our friends, Joan and Norm, asked us to meet them in the city as they had to come in from the country town of Esk for an appointment. We had lunch and then visited the newly renovated City Hall and its Museum.
|Brisbane City Hall|
We entered the City Hall's impressive foyer with its marble staircases on both sides. However we went by lift to the 3rd floor where the Museum is located. It is possible to go on a tour to up the clock tower but we would have to wait over an hour so we gave that a miss.
|Norm and TOH|
The two exhibitions on now are 'Light Fantastic: Expo 88 Parades Rewired' and 'The River'.
|TOH and Joan walking from one gallery to another past a rest area.|
We have known Joan and Norm for 50 years. .Joan and I taught together in Papua/New Guinea and we have kept in contact ever since by attending concerts together or visiting museums and galleries.
|Amazing panorama photos span 150 years of our city's growth. |
There were paintings, photos, models and videos showing the history of Brisbane and our relationship with the river.
|Models of a few of the floats in the parades.|
In 1988 Brisbane hosted the World Expo. The rest of the country laughed at us because we had always been thought of as a 'hick' town. However, the Expo committee did a fabulous job and not only impressed the rest of Australia but the international visitors too. The 'Light Fantastic' exhibit is to celebrate 25 years since Expo put Brisbane on the map. The exhibit concentrates on the work that went into designing the characters and floats that went into the Lunchtime and night "Light Fantastic" parades. It was too difficult to photograph all the models, photos, memorabilia and videos. We visited Expo regularly every week because our girls were in one of the marching bands that were in the parades and the following show. They worked hard but enjoyed themselves and we were very proud of them. See pics of them on TOH's blog here