Museum of Brisbane
18 May, 2018 - 28 Oct, 2018
Moreton Bay penal colony was established by the British Government to “…reinstate transportation as an object of real terror to all classes of society”. It succeeded. Life in Irons: Brisbane’s Convict Stories provides a vivid insight into daily life in the settlement using original documents, personal accounts, historical objects and contemporary art, brought to life with immersive new technologies.
Life in convict Brisbane was unrelentingly harsh for the 3,000 men and women imprisoned here from its founding in 1824 to the penal colony’s closure in 1839.
It also irrevocably changed the life of the Aboriginal peoples on whose Country the colony was built. This exhibition offers a rare chance to view the few remaining official documents from the Brisbane penal colony. These original registers, maps, drawings and Book of Trials are listed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register and treasured by Queensland State Archives.
Life in Irons also features new artworks from renowned contemporary artist Danie Mellor and Brisbane sound artist Lawrence English.
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64 Adelaide Street, Level 3, City Hall, Brisbane City,
Museum of Brisbane has partnered with immersive theatre company Folly Games where the stage is the Museum itself.
Museum of Brisbane has partnered with immersive theatre company Folly Games to create an exciting new production that brings 19th century convict history to life using 21st century technology and where the stage is the Museum itself.
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