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Curator’s tour: Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings

Event Information

  • 24 Mar 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, Level 4, State Library of Queensland
  • Brisbane
  • Queensland
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  • Cost: Free

Join curator Dianne Byrne for a walk through this intimate exhibition of treasures where nineteenth century pastoral life on the Darling Downs comes alive. Explore the prized possessions, photo albums, planting journals, and other records of farm life of the Europeans who settled in the Darling Downs from 1839.

Popularly known as the ‘grass dukes’ and ‘shepherd kings’, they lived up to their image as antipodean aristocrats, erecting fine homesteads, grand stables and woolsheds and transforming the landscape with exotic plants and formal gardens.

Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings is an exhibition that provides an insight into the lives of the early ‘squatters’ and their pastoral and political power, and is currently running until 21 April 2013.