Collecting for our next exhibition

Christine Peacock

Christine Peacock with donated slides

Christine Peacock remembers going to Musgrave Park for the first time in 1982 as a trainee for the Australian Broadcast Corporation (ABC). Christine generously donated her time to assist in our research and collection of stories for the upcoming kuril dhagun exhibition; State of Emergency: politics and protests surrounding the 1982 Commonwealth Games. She supports bringing such events before the public as much as possible to intervene in the oppressive common and popular account of Australian history which continues to deny the Aboriginal reality. We had a good yarn about the impact the experience of 1982 had on her. She recalls the solidarity in the park and the sense of community. Christine is now the director of Uniikup Productions Indigenous cultural media arts organisation and has kindly provided 86 coloured slides and audio interviews (produced by Christine) from their archive, to be apart of the exhibition. 

About half an hour before the meeting Christine checked her emails on the Infozone computers. By some stroke of luck or crazy coincidence she received an email from Eckhard Supp, a German photographer she met in Musgrave Park in 1982. He had an international press pass during the games and has generously offered the use of some great photographs for the exhibition. She will also be making a google album so people in the photos can access them for their families. The address for that site will be provided at the exhibition.

After the interview we went to the coffee shop and yarned some more. My Aunty Judi was down from the sunshine coast for the Loris Williams lecture that night so she joined us. Judi and Christine have known each other for years so I listened while they caught up and reminisced. They spoke about their old experiences of dances, gatherings, meetings,MusgravePark, and various other events that were culturally significant or humorous. When we get together there are always conversations and laughs that reveal the real story. In the hectic nature of city life, it is important, particularly as a young person, to sit down and give time to those around you that hold pieces of the collective story. It is one of the easiest ways to gain knowledge, insight and guidance.

1982 protest

1982 protest. Photograph courtesy Uniikup Productions Ltd

Connecting with community and hearing the social histories is one of the most treasured parts of my job. As Indigenous history was not commonly collected, there are limited resources at the library and we rely heavily on the generosity of our community to share their oral histories and personal items for our exhibitions. Thanks to Christine and many others, State of Emergency: policies and protests surrounding the 1982 Commonwealth Games will showcase a brief history and a small collection of memories. We will continue to record stories and hope to conduct more interviews throughout the duration.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to record your story, or 07 3842 9482.