Collective Memory and Memorial in an Urban Space: Queens Park and Cunningham’s Knoll, Ipswich

Collective Memory and Memorial in an Urban Space: Queens Park and Cunningham’s Knoll, Ipswich

This project conducts historical fieldwork by visiting and walking through localities and heritage sites relevant to convict Moreton Bay and the commandant Patrick Logan. In July 2020 I made the first of these field visits and drove to Queen’s Park and Cunningham’s Knoll in Ipswich. My findings, in the case of the Queen’s Park and Cunningham’s Knoll precinct, were that the Ipswich Council showed little interest in acknowledging or commemorating the convict heritage of the city. Instead in its place, the safer progressive myth of the Australian explorer and the achievements of the local Labour party were honoured at an official level in a public space. Access the project here.

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