Author: Matthew Wotherspoon

Upcoming exhibition showcases wonders of Minjerribah

Bringing to life the natural and cultural history of North Stradbroke Island, Mirroring Minjerribah is a one-night-only exhibition that features the works of over sixteen emerging Brisbane artists. The exhibition features works by students from Griffith University’s Queensland College of Art and Queensland Conservatorium of Music, which respond to an immersive week-long experience on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Through different artistic approaches, including photography and printing, Mirroring Minjerribah pulls into focus the natural and cultural history of North Stradbroke Island and its people, while offering a unique perspective and emotional response from each artist. Artist Kate Lund (Toowoomba) described the experience as “an emotional...

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West End’s Greeks remember the tragedy of Smyrna

Ninety-five years ago, during the Greco-Turkish war, Turkish nationalist forces marched into the city of Smyrna, Asia Minor, and committed one of the most brutal massacres of the 20th century, leaving thousands of Greeks and Armenians dead and even more displaced. Simply remembered as ‘The Catastrophe of Asia Minor’, the brutal attack on the long-standing metropolis of Smyrna resulted in over a million Greek and Armenian refugees, whom of which were forced to seek refuge in other countries, including Australia. To commemorate this important anniversary, this Sunday, the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in South Brisbane will be hosting...

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A Wise Heart For The Modern World

Internationally renowned Tibetan Buddhist Master, Geshe Tenzin Zopa presents a series of public talks and guided lessons at Langri Tangpa Buddhist centre, on September 15-17, October 20-22 and December 17 to teach on the topic of A Wise Heart for the Modern World. An extremely prolific teacher and writer, Geshe Zopa is fluent in English and has toured around the world extensively, including last year with Phuntsok Rinpoche, the recognised reincarnation of the late great Tibetan yogi, Geshe Lama Konchog. “This topic is particularly relevant in today’s fast-paced world. Anyone who has ever been troubled by destructive emotions or distressed by worldly events...

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Civil Liberties March of ’67 remembered 50 years on

On September 8, 1967, 4000 students marched from University of Queensland’s St. Lucia campus to the centre of Brisbane, to protest for rights to free speech and public protesting. Upon being obstructed by police, the students staged a mass sit-down protest in Roma Street. By the end of the day, over 120 student protestors had been arrested, while many others were left bruised and bloodied. It was one of the most violent clashes the state had seen, and one which marked the beginning of a new era for student politics. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic Civil Liberties...

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Ancient history on Brisbane’s doorstep

A project led by the University of Adelaide has discovered a number of North Stradbroke Island’s wetlands reach back as far as 200,000 years. Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) Principal Scientist Dr Jonathan Marshall said the investigation conducted on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) revealed that the local environment has remained moist for over 40,000 years. “Through our collaborative work with scientists from University of Adelaide and elsewhere, we have discovered that North Stradbroke Island is an Australian exception,” Dr Marshall said. “We cored and dated 16 wetlands on the island and found six dating to the...

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