My Queensland

Shapcott, Thomas and Winch, Tara June and Sheahan-Bright, Robyn and Bourke, Nike ORCID: and Elliott, Will (2008) My Queensland. Griffith Review (21). pp. 179-190. ISSN 1448-2924


The first forty-six years of my life were spent in Ipswich and Brisbane; the territory has imprinted itself at the deepest level of my being. The Queensland that my children and grandchildren know is still imbued with the same sense of place, though they make their own associations with it and the personal climate of their being is suffused with the atmosphere of now, not then. We do share this, though: to wake up in the morning with the freshness of air still to be beaten into by the sun, or to welcome the afternoon sea-breeze in summer as if it were an old friend, or at least something too good to be taken for granted. To live in that part of Queensland I come from is to know that everything is predictable, but nothing is. They say Queensland is a land of extremes, and within limits that is so. But there is also a sense that everything has happened before; wait long enough and the patterns become clearer - like the forty-year flood pattern that always takes us by surprise yet also seems inevitable.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Copyright 2008 Griffith University & the author.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Mass Communication (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Mass Communication (Up to 31 Mar 2011)
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2014 06:06
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2015 02:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: political science; racism; social history; Queensland
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470502 Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360201 Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440811 Political theory and political philosophy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing

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