Townsville Turns 150: the Old and the News

Newlands, Maxine, Brennan, Claire, Hodgson, Patrick, Moran, Viv, Roebuck, Ann, and M'Balla-Ndi, Marie (2016) Townsville Turns 150: the Old and the News.

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Abstract

This significant exhibition reveals the news stories, events, developments and local personalities that shaped the Townsville region from 1866 to 2016. From the declaration of the municipality of Townsville in 1866, to the spirited rejuvenation of the city's heart in 2016, this exhibition tracks the development of the Queen City of the North as reported in local media. The exhibition is a collaboration between the College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University, The Townsville Bulletin, Townsville City Council and the Museum of Tropical Queensland, with support from local TV producer, Paul Lyons. Townsville turns 150 was developed with the support of a grant from the Townsville City Council's Townsville 150th Anniversary Grant Program, and ran from 15 February 2016 to 29 January 2017.

Research Statement

Research Background This work contributes to the fields of history, communication and regional politics, to examine the media habits of regional Queensland communities. The key areas of this research are of benefit to history groups, communication organisations, academics and educators. The data was gathered as part of Townsville's sesquicentennial celebrations at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. The research updates the role of regional media in north Queensland in the digital age. There are two working paper in progress from the data.
Research Contribution The project is unique in documenting numerous events to reflect on how our local media and history has shaped our community and identity. Exploration and examination of Townsville's media history also worked as a great resource for identifying other events that may be added to the exhibition's version of the time line.
Research Significance The last published research to look specifically at the Townsville’s media were Manion's book 'Paper Power' (1980), and Roots, B & Phyland, J. (1981) '100 years of news: a centenary publication of the North Queensland Newspaper Company Limited. This work updates the field, and is of benefit to the community of Townsville, its council, media, public bodies, students, and history groups in understand the media's role in shaping regional Queensland and the Townsville region. The exhibition was funded by the Townsville City Council’s as part of their 150 years celebrations ($50,000) was shared equally between James Cook University and the Museum of Tropical Queensland.
Item ID: 50272
Media of Output: Multimedia (video and audio), images (from Townsville City Library and Trove), artefacts
Show/Exhibition: Townsville Turns 150: the Old and the News
Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville, QLD, Australia
15 February 2016 - 29 January 2017
Keywords: T150; Townsville media; regional media; history; North Queensland
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Funders: Townsville City Council T150 Celebrations, Townsville Bulletin Newspaper, Museum of Tropical Queensland, Paul Lyons Productions
Research Data: https://research.jcu.edu.au/researchdata/dashboard/detail/04ff50cc1397ab556ef02ae4d6f2f4da/
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 23:06
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics @ 20%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies @ 30%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 50%
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