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Book Launch - We'll Show the World: Expo 88

World Expo 88 was the largest, longest, and loudest of Australia's bicentennial events.

A shiny 1980s amalgam of cultural precinct, shopping mall, theme park, travelogue, and rock concert, Expo 88 is commonly credited as the catalyst for Brisbane's 'coming of age'. So how did an elaborate and expensive party change a city forever?

We'll Show the World explores the shifting social and political environment of Expo 88, shaped as much by Queensland's controversial premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen as it was by those who reacted against him.

Join Jackie Ryan and Kristina Olsson as they consider how an event greeted with outrage, scepticism, and indifference came to mean so much to so many, how a state better known for eliciting insults enchanted much of the nation, and how, to Brisbane, Expo was personal.

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Book Launch - We'll Show the World: Expo 88

 The Ship Inn, Stanley Street and Sidon Street  South Brisbane 


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