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Grass Dukes and Shepherd Kings

Event Information

  • 14 Dec 2012 10:00am - 21 Apr 2013 5:00pm
  • State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place
  • South Bank
  • Queensland
Other Information
  • Cost: Free

Nineteenth century pastoral life on the Darling Downs comes alive in this intimate exhibition of treasures at State Library of Queensland. 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 provides an insight into the lives of the early ‘squatters’ and their pastoral and political power.