Queensland Historical Atlas

Take a new journey through Queensland’s past and present. We’re the first Australian state to publish an online historical atlas. Explore our history on a grand scale with over 1000 maps, stunning photos, rarely-seen museum objects and intriguing stories.

Project details

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The Queensland Historical Atlas is an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Linkage project between Queensland Museum and The University of Queensland (UQ). The QHAtlas project synthesises cross-disciplinary approaches in history, environmental studies, archaeology, anthropology and cultural geography to explore 'themes in the landscape' as a means to comprehend the diverse cultural and environmental histories of the state of Queensland.

This project provides a fresh approach to Queensland history, presenting a different way into the cultural histories of Queensland. Using a thematic approach, 14 evocative concepts are explored as key pathways into a broad array of topics. The project presents a comprehensive on-line resource, drawing material from 150 scholars that have authored over 170 individual essays. Content will continue to be added as additional submissions are received. The array of authors contributing to the atlas provides multiple views of different aspects of Queensland's history. The atlas is illustrated with historical maps which play a key role in presenting a spatial and cultural landscape view of Queensland. Objects from Queensland Museum collections are another integral component in illustrating contributions. In addition, pictures, postcards, poetry and music are all used to present an innovative interpretation that sets the atlas apart from other historical resources.

Members of the Cultures & Histories team at Queensland Museum have contributed and continue to provide essays related to their own areas of expertise. They are also continuing to identify a selection of objects from the State collection to illustrate each of the themes and many of the topics explored. The project has supported two PhD students and has offered a number of summer scholarships through the University of Queensland.

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