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March 2021

Writing Women into the history of the Queensland Irish Association, 1898-2020: Challenges, Culture and Contributors

March 10, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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Free

The presentation attempts a gender-oriented analysis of the Queensland Irish Association (QIA). This organisation, formed in Brisbane in 1898 by members of a disbanded ethnic military corps, the Queensland Irish Volunteers, was constituted as a male-only body with female relatives confined to ancillary, though not unimportant, roles. We explore male members’ attitudes towards gender and the masculine culture encoded in the Association’s symbols, processions, songs, oratory, and recreational activities. Full and equal female membership was won incrementally between 1971 and…

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February 2022

Uncovering a Lost Culture: Australian Convict Dance 1788-1840

February 9 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Free – $10

Although it was recognised that convicts brought their popular culture when transported to colonial Australia, little was known of the details. Dr Heather Blasdale Clarke has investigated the culture of dance and music which was important for these forced migrants by examining Old Bailey Court Transcripts, Medical Journals from convict ships, newspaper reports in the colony, and contemporary art and literature. These resources have revealed a remarkable amount of information about non-elite music and dance in the late 18th and…

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March 2022

Early Queensland Maritime History

March 9 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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Free – $10

The coast of Queensland was the world’s last major coastline to be explored. The earliest European discoveries are examined and how these were received by the major powers of the day. Following settlement in Port Jackson in 1788, great interest was shown in what lay to the north and this opened a new era in maritime exploration. The types of ships and crews involved are examined, ranging from the earliest type of sailing ship to the arrival of steam in…

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April 2022

An Historical Overview of the Queensland Ambulance

April 13 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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Free – $10

Today, the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) operates as a state-wide service within Queensland Health, and is accountable for the delivery of pre-hospital ambulance response services, emergency and non-emergency pre-hospital patient care and transport services, inter-facility ambulance transport, casualty room services, and planning and coordination of multi-casualty incidents and disasters. The QAS now delivers ambulance services from 302 response locations through 15 Ambulance Districts geographically aligned with Queensland Health’s Hospital and Health Services’ boundaries. The QAS has a proud history of…

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May 2022

Lady Cilento: A Pioneer in Child and Maternal Health

May 11 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Commissariat Store Museum, 115 William St
Brisbane, 4000 Australia
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Free – $10

Lady Cilento was a pioneer female medical practitioner. She was the only female medical graduate from the University of Adelaide University in 1919, completed post graduate studies in London and a course in public health at the University of Sydney. She lived and practiced in the Malay States, New Guinea, Townsville, Brisbane and elsewhere. She was a pioneer in the fields of mothercraft and was known as medical mother. She published hundreds of articles in local and national newspapers about…

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