To Have and To Hold

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Bringing together the unique, eccentric and occasionally obsessive collections of dozens of locals this wonderful exhibition sees a 1907 Peugeot Italiana “Bebe” Roadster sitting beside a fine collection of Steve “Pricey” Price’s flamboyant vests, Cliff “CK” Kern’s action figures (not to be referred to as “toys”) and German World War II military objects.

Part of the museum’s 25th anniversary celebrations, the To Have and To Hold exhibition holds an eclectic collection of the objects North Queenslanders love brought out from storage in closets and cabinets and put on public display from 22 September to 25 November 2012.

The exhibition shines a light on what individuals in our community find intriguing and compelling, and features short video clips of each collector talking about their passions to give our visitors a greater insight into the motivation and rules behind each unique collection.

One collector only collects models of trains that run on very specific train lines in America, while another has literally hundreds of intricate antiques such as mourning gloves made with real human hair and miniatures made with real butterfly wings.

A relatively new collection, belonging to the three youngest collectors in the exhibition, consists of 50c pieces and stamps.  This already-treasured collection is a reminder that all collectors started with a single object but the same enthusiasm.

Coin a collector's name competition

While most people know that a stamp collector is called a philatelist, there doesn’t always seem to be a name for someone who collects other types of things.

Can you think of an inspiring and original name for people who collect any of these objects - 

  • Sewing machines
  • Model trains
  • Kerosene lamps?

To enter the Coin the Collector’s Name competition, just write your most imaginative suggestion on one of the postcards in the To Have and To Hold exhibition with your name and contact details and place it in the Post Box in the gallery.  You can think up a name for one collector, two collectors or three collectors – each name is counted as a separate entry.

Each week we will post the most creative collector’s names on our Facebook page starting on Monday 8 October 2012.

The winning names will be chosen from two categories – people aged 15 and under and people over 15. 
The winner in the 15 years and over age category receives a Museum of Tropical Queensland Back of House Tour for up to 10 people and the runner up will receive a $50 gift voucher from the MTQ shop.

The winner in the people under 15 category will receive a $250 gift voucher from Entropy while four highly commended entries will receive a family pass to Kirwan Tenpin and Squash for two games of tenpin bowling and a $25 cafe voucher.

The winning entries will be finalised on Wednesday 5 December 2012 by our expert MTQ panel and winners will be notified by telephone – make sure you include your correct contact number.

Winners names will be posted on our Facebook page on Monday 10 December 2012.


Conservation workshops

In conjunction with To Have and To Hold, the museum’s Conservator Sue Valis is hosting a number of Conservation Workshops on selected weekends and weekdays. Each two-hour workshop will focus on one topic, teaching people either the best way to store their collections, protect them from mould and pests, prepare and manage them during cyclone season or the best display methods for different objects. 

Bookings are essential and cost $25 for each workshop. Phone (07) 4726 0600. As a special bonus, anyone who books and pays to attend a conservation workshop will receive a complimentary light lunch at the museum cafe as part of the Collexpo on Saturday 29 September 2012. See the link to the right for a schedule.

Collexpo and tour

Following the workshop on Saturday 29 September is the free To Have and To Hold Collexpo – an opportunity for like-minded and interested people to meet the collectors from the To Have and To Hold exhibition and hear about their collections. There will also be an opportunity to join Exhibition Curator, Viv Moran, on a guided tour of the To Have and To Hold exhibition. 

If you've booked and paid for any Conservation Workshop, you are entitled to a complimentary light lunch at the museum cafe as part of the Collexpo.

Event Details

22 September 2012 09:30 AM - 25 November 2012 05:00 PM
Level One
Free with Admission

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