30th anniversary – Images from World Expo 88

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of World Expo 88, held in Brisbane between April 30 and October 30, 1988. Over 15 million visitors experienced the fun of Expo, which included pavilions from international and local participants, laser displays, fireworks, parades, concerts, the Aquacade, water skiing show, a monorail and much more.

Monorail at Expo 88 in South Bank, Queensland, 1988. From 10028 Noel Pascoe Photographs. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 10028-0001-0029

Monorail at Expo 88 in South Bank, Queensland, 1988. From 10028 Noel Pascoe Photographs. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 10028-0001-0029

Fireworks at Expo 88 in South Bank, Queensland, 1988. From 10028 Noel Pascoe Photographs. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 10028-0002-0011

Fireworks at Expo 88 in South Bank, Queensland, 1988. From 10028 Noel Pascoe Photographs. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 10028-0002-0011

View of the World Expo 88 site including the Paradigm sculpture taken from the Victoria Bridge at South Bank, Queensland, 1988. 28876 Jon Barlow Hudson Papers. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 28876-0073-0001

View of the World Expo 88 site including the Paradigm sculpture taken from the Victoria Bridge at South Bank, Queensland, 1988. 28876 Jon Barlow Hudson Papers. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 28876-0073-0001

German beer hall at Expo 88 in South Bank, Queensland, 1988. From 10028 Noel Pascoe Photographs. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 10028-0001-0043

German beer hall at Expo 88 in South Bank, Queensland, 1988. From 10028 Noel Pascoe Photographs. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 10028-0001-0043

Street performers and parade floats at Expo 88 at South Bank, Queensland, 1988. 10028 Noel Pascoe Photographs. Image 10028-0001-0003

Street performers and parade floats at Expo 88 at South Bank, Queensland, 1988. 10028 Noel Pascoe Photographs. Image 10028-0001-0003

Take a trip down memory lane and browse SLQ’s wonderful collection of digitised photographs taken during this landmark event.

Further stories about World Expo 88 collections held by SLQ