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Artist In Residence Matt Mawson – Queensland State Archives – 1 March – 18 May 2018

Queensland State Archives – NEWS


We welcome our first ever Artist in Residence, Matt Mawson, on Thursday 1 March 2018. The Queensland cartoonist and illustrator has been invited to create new works in response to the upcoming exhibition surrounding the release of the 1987 Cabinet Minutes, Sunshine Rebooted: the final Bjelke-Petersen Cabinet Minutes.

Matt is a Gold Coast based artist who is an avid contributor of a variety of cartoons, illustrations and poster designs including notable works created during the Bjelke-Petersen era. His cartoons have been published in 4ZZZ’s Radio Times, Brisbane’s satirical magazine, The Cane Toad Times, and the University of Queensland Union’s student magazine Semper Floreat.
Matt will explore the decisions from the last year of the Bjelke-Petersen Government, which was turning point in Queensland history.

The focus is on three key Cabinet Minutes that were the catalyst for positive change in Queensland politics and society:
• the appointment of Tony Fitzgerald AC, QC to lead a Commission of Inquiry into Allegations Relating to the Queensland Police Force
• the World Heritage listing of the Northern Rainforests
• the introduction of AIDS Education in schools.

You can drop in to see Matt’s work from 1 March until 18 May or you can see Matt while he works each Thursday from 10am – 3pm during that period. The work created during his period will be on display at the Sunshine Rebooted exhibition opening on 25 May.

For more information contact the Queensland State Archives on (07) 3037 6777 or email


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Sunshine Rebooted: the final Bjelke-Petersen Cabinet Minutes.
Opening Date: 25 May 2018

Time: 9.00 – 4.30

Location: Queensland State Archives Foyer

Details: 1987 began with the ‘Joh for PM’ campaign, but before the year was out Queensland’s longest-serving Premier had resigned and Tony Fitzgerald QC had been appointed to investigate allegations of corruption in Queensland’s Police Force.

Sunshine Rebooted presents highlights from the 1987 Cabinet Minutes, and explores key decisions related to significant cultural and social issues impacting Queenslanders and how the ensuing events have shaped a more inclusive and progressive state. The exhibition will feature the experiences and recollections of individuals closely associated with key issues from 1987 – Mike Ahern AO, former Premier; Bill Rutkin, former President of the Queensland AIDS Council; Dr Aila Keto AO, environmental scientist; Dr John Willsteed, musician; and Chris Masters, the journalist whose ‘Moonlight State’ episode on ABC’s “Four Corners” program started a chain of events that changed Queensland’s political landscape.