School of Architecture


Wednesday 18 September 2019 11:30am to 1:00pm


Room 51-207
Zelman Cowen Building (51) 
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072


Registrations for this event are now closed

Queensland lighthouses are celebrated as amongst Australia’s earliest colonial architectures. However, to date, the contribution of Indigenous Australians to their development has not been addressed.  Many Aboriginal people still occupied their traditional lands when the first lighthouses and pilot stations were erected. Thus early lighthouses and pilot station first operated in an Indigenous landscape, at great remove from European settlement. This paper reconstructs how coastal surveillance became a catalyst for ‘entanglement’ between colonial and Indigenous communities in southern Queensland. It will be shown that coastal surveillance relied heavily on groups of Aboriginal people who stayed near, and assisted, these outposts with their functions.

Presenters: Dr Cathy Keys and Dr Ray Kerkhove


Please direct all enquiries about this event to:

Bernard Llanos
+61 7 3365 3537