A Conversation with the Past

Be a curator for a day! Share your thoughts and opinions and write your own captions for the images in Cobb+Co Museum’s photographic exhibition, A conversation with the past.

A conversation with the past is the second exhibition from Queensland Museum’s collection of glass plate negatives by former Ipswich coachbuilder A. E. (Bert) Roberts. 

Bert Roberts was an Ipswich resident with many interests including geology, music, aboriginal culture, nature and the modern technology of the early 1900s.

His images reflect his wonderful passion for life and a great skill for capturing the joy of a happy, carefree southern Queensland society from the beginning of the 20th Century.

The Queensland Museum holds more than 1000 glass plate negatives and prints taken by Bert Roberts and the A Conversation from the Past exhibition will feature more than 40 photographs from this amazing collection.

The images in the exhibition range from historic events such as a visit to Ipswich by the then Prime Minister Sir George Reid to more ordinary activities like a young child playing their piano.

As part of the exhibition visitors are encouraged to delve deeper and share their own thoughts about the stunning black and white photographs.

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Event Details

18 May 2012 - 25 March 2013