North Queensland culture and controversy on display in James Cook University rare museum treasures

If you wanted to choose a place where historical artefacts are most at risk of destruction, with the exception of conflict zones, you would have to consider North Queensland.

A dangerous mix of extreme weather, temperatures and moisture make it an archivist’s nightmare.

That is what makes the 50 rare objects currently on display, as part of an exhibition curated by James Cook University, all the more precious.

An old sketchbook open on a page of flowers painted in watercolours.
Fifty rarely-seen items from the James Cook University collection are on public display at Townsville’s Perc Tucker Regional Gallery until January 10th, 2021.(ABC North Queensland: Siobhan Heanue)

“High humidity, rainfall and then the fluctuation of everything — paper doesn’t like that at all,” curator Bronwyn McBurnie said.

Storing rare documents and artwork is a battle against nature itself.

“Apart from us not having good places to store things in, we have to deal with big cyclones and major weather events,” Ms McBurnie said.

“This is a reason that there really isn’t a lot of material that predates the late 1800s in a paper sense,” she said.

’50 Treasures’ is an exhibition of objects from the collection at James Cook University, which has campuses in Townsville and Cairns.

The University’s collection catalogues culture and controversy spanning 150 years.

Treasured objects reveal painful past

An old and stained page of a handwritten ledger.
‘Paid Islanders no complaints’ reads an entry in a ledger that contains the name of nearly 800 Pacific Islanders, or South Sea Islanders, brought to Townsville as labour between 1895 and 1906.(ABC North Queensland: Siobhan Heanue)

A ledger of South Sea Islanders transported to Townsville to work in sugar plantations is one of the early records that did manage to survive the ravages of weather and time.

The handwritten register, from 1895, was a controversial inclusion in a show named ‘Treasures’, but historians emphasise its importance.

“It’s been revealed to us that it’s important — by South Sea Islander people actually coming to see it.

“There’s a lot of pretty business [in the show], a lot of beautiful things, but some things are just so important they cant be left out,” she said.

Objects of the bizarre and beautiful

The objects chosen for the show give voice to characters from North Queensland history that were largely overlooked for decades.

That is something the selection of objects seeks to address, by including photos of women at work during a scientific expedition to the Great Barrier Reef in 1928.

While women appear in the black and white photos from the trip, they were left out of the written records of that expedition.

“About 60 scientists came over for that expedition,” Ms McBurnie said.

“A whole lot of them were women with the

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Former Bulldogs and Dragons veteran James Graham calls time on 18-year rugby league career

2020 will be the last year of James Graham’s illustrious rugby league career after the St. Helens veteran forward announced his retirement.

The 35-year-old will hang the boots up having played over 400 games across an 18-year career in the Super League and NRL, as well as 44 Tests for England.

Graham debuted with the Saints in 2003 and played 224 games for the club before shifting to the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2012.

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The Englishman played 135 first grade games at Belmore and featured in the Bulldogs’ 2012 and 2014 grand final sides. He was named captain of the club in the 2015 season.

Graham then moved to the St. George Illawarra Dragons ahead of the 2018 season and played 52 matches across three seasons for the Red V, before gaining a release and returning to St. Helens midway through this season.

The fan-favourite front-rower retires a Man of Steel winner, three-time Challenge Cup winner and Super League grand finalist. 

“Playing for St Helens and over in the NRL has been an absolute honour. I am gutted this season will be my final one as a player, but I came to Saints saying I would have one last all in push for this season and nothing has changed there.

“Finishing my career at my boyhood Club was an opportunity that I couldn’t resist. Unfortunately, I am gutted we have not been able to play in front of our fans as I know they feel every pass, every tackle and every run. I have even missed the opposition fans who would give me a piece of their mind!

“I have had so many fantastic memories throughout my career here at Saints, in the NRL and on the International stage representing my country. It has all been a huge honour. I would like to thank all my family and friends who have supported me throughout my career and all the people involved from community clubs Thatto Heath and Blackbrook to people in the St Helens Academy as well as everybody involved at Canterbury Bulldogs and St George Illawarra Dragons.

“Now that all has been said, the season has not finished yet and my intention now is completing the job I came here to do with St Helens. We are going to take things a game at a time, moment by moment and give ourselves the best possible opportunity to finish the job.”

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UFC on ESPN+ 38’s James Krause wants to end fighting career on good terms





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