Throwback Thursday: 30 years on from Expo ’88

3 May 2018

It’s been 30 years since Brisbane put itself on show to the world. But for many, it seems like only yesterday.

Queen Elizabeth II opened the World Expo in Brisbane on 30 April 1988 and the six-month event attracted more than 15 million people to the city’s South Bank.

Expo '88 was a pivotal moment in Brisbane’s history and the success of the event changed the city forever. 

It redefined Brisbane as a hub for culture and leisure and helped to create South Bank Parklands – a site that is now the city’s most popular leisure precinct.

UQ held a number of graduation ceremonies at the Expo site and its research was on show in a number of displays at the UNIvations pavilion. Contact headed to the UQ archives to find these images from Brisbane’s time in the world spotlight.

View the picture gallery here.

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