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Rockhampton : the forgotten port city
Bib ID 6851730
Format BookBook [still image, text, volume]
Description Rockhampton, Queensland : Rockhampton Art Gallery, 2015 
©2015 
93 pages : illustrations (some colour), colour maps, portraits, photographs ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9780958638388 (paperback)
Summary

Prone to bursting her banks and inclined to drastic tides, the intricate channels of the Fitzroy River made her notoriously difficult to navigate by boat. And yet from the 1850s onwards ships of all sizes and types traversed the Fitzroy from the mouth at Keppel Bay to 40 kilometres upstream to the wharves of Rockhampton. The elegant architecture lining Quay Street on the southern side of the Fitzroy hints at a by-gone era of prosperity and trade, for the city of Rockhampton was once a thriving port. Through original photographs and paintings, maps and family mementos, Rockhampton: the Forgotten Port City explores the heyday of the port. The exhibition too will consider the use of the river as a life source for the Darumbal nation, and subsequent impact from settler societies. European exploration, settlement and pastoral expansion of the region, particularly by brothers William and Charles Archer, hastened the need for a productive port, so too did the Canoona 'duffer' gold rush of 1858. Immigration is also a part of Rockhampton's port history. As an Australian 'port of entry', immigration ships travelled directly from London, bringing new settlers to a now burgeoning colonial town. Chinese miners, who were lured up the Fitzroy by the possibility of gold, settled in and around Rockhampton working as merchants and market gardeners. This story will be shared, along with that of indentured South Sea Islanders who arrived via the river and were destined for labouring on regional farms. This rich port history of Rockhampton may be little known, but as Rockhampton: the Forgotten Port City will show, the vitality and growth of the city can be traced through exploring its relationship to the Fitzroy River. Through the assistance of Arts Queensland, this exhibition will be accompanied by a 96-page exhibition catalogue, and an interactive digital display.

Notes

"Printed to coincide with the exhibition "Rockhampton: the Forgotten Port City", Rockhampton Art Gallery 4 July - 8 November 2015"--Imprint page.

Includes bibliographical references.

Subjects Port cities -- Queensland -- Rockhampton -- History -- Exhibitions.  |  Harbors -- Queensland -- Rockhampton -- History -- Exhibitions.  |  Rockhampton (Qld.) -- History -- Exhibitions.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Warnes, Diana, author, interviewer  |  Mann, Wade, interviewee  |  Palmer-Gard, Sue, author  |  Dooley, Marilyn Sue, author  |  Cooper-Lavery, Tracy, writer of foreword  |  Rockhampton Art Gallery, issuing body
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