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Aboriginal Cultural Landscapes South-East Queensland – Teacher Workshop

January 25 @ 8:45 am 3:00 pm


Archaeologist, Michael Strong, will present a workshop for teachers exploring Aboriginal sites and culture in South East Queensland. The workshop will include a visit to a few Aboriginal sites local to the Abbey Museum, handling artefacts from the museum collection, visiting the Abbey Museum, and having the mind of an archaeologist and curator to answer your questions.

Michael Strong is the Abbey Museum’s Senior Curator which he helped found in 1986.  He is also the well-known director of a highly successful consultancy firm – Turnstone Archaeology – with projects including the Toowoomba Bypass and Wyaralong super-dam. Michael works with numerous Aboriginal communities across Queensland and helps train Aboriginal rangers in Bundaberg and north Queensland.   He has an immense knowledge of Aboriginal traditional life and cultural landscapes.  As an educator, he is asked to give presentations for NAIDOC and Aboriginal programs for schools and communities.  In 2015 he was the Clem Lack Orator for the Royal Historical Society of Queensland speaking about bora grounds, and in 2020 was awarded their prestigious Centenary Medal for services to history and Aboriginal cultural heritage.


8.45     Registration & Tea and Coffee

9.00     Welcome                    

9.05     Presentation – Aboriginal Cultural Landscapes South-East Queensland

10.30   Morning Tea

11.00   Q & A – (Bring your questions) View and handle artefacts from the Museum Collection    

12.00   Lunch

12.45   Visit local Aboriginal site including a bora ring and fish trap. (Bus transport included)

2.30     Arrive back at the Abbey Museum. Participants are welcome to visit the Abbey Museum free and view the       collections of ancient history and art.