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The 80s were a decade of bright fashion, major events and stunning growth for the Sunshine State. Major events, like the Commonwealth Games and Expo 88, highlighted the atmosphere of a city on the rise; the growth of the city throughout this decade saw major changes to Queensland's image both in Australia and across the globe.

For the Moreton Bay Region, the 80s saw the doubling of the population, reaching 205,000 people by the end of the decade. The expansion of existing suburban centres, and conversion of industrial and agricultural land into new suburbs, started creating the communities of today.

Official opening of the Caboolture Admin Building 1987
Official opening of the new Caboolture Shire Council Administration Building on 22 October 1987
Sutton Street Mall 1989
Sutton Street Mall, Redcliffe, 1989

Upcoming Exhibition

The 80s exhibition in May 2019 will explore the dynamic relationship between the Brisbane CBD and the Moreton Bay Region, capturing individual and community memories of this fluoro bespeckled decade.

Moreton Bay Museums are asking individuals from our community to share their images, items and stories from the 1980s to contribute towards this exhibition. We want to see how the fashion, politics and growth created the communities we see today. If you have something that you feel would contribute to the exhibition we would love to hear from you. You can contact as at or call (07) 3480 6721.

Engagement Day

We are also holding a community consultation day on Friday 16 November at Pine Rivers Heritage Museum. If you are interested in attending, or turn up with your objects (or a photo) on the day.

Dates / Times

Pine Rivers Heritage MuseumFriday, 16 NovemberEngagement Day, 10.00am - 1.00pm
Pine Rivers Heritage MuseumExhibition opens May 2019details TBA Not required


Pine Rivers Museum, Old Petrie Town - 901 - 949 Dayboro Road, Whiteside QLD 4503
(07) 3480 6721

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The 80s!!! - Digitised Local History Photographs

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