I've Been Working on the Railway

Through the 1950s, 60s and 70s, there were large scale developments of rail infrastructure across Australia.  In the hot and dusty environments of the inland north, it was a common scene to find Torres Strait Islanders, Australian South Sea Islanders and Aboriginal people working long and hard in the hot sun.

In this exhibition, developed by The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich, we explore the little known railway stories of Aboriginal people, Torres Strait Islanders and Australian South Sea Islanders and their contribution to the development of rail across Australia.

The camp life, the realities of the work, the hardships, the separation from their land, islands and family and the opportunities and challenges of working on the railway.

Today Torres Strait Islanders, Aboriginal people and Australian South Sea Islanders work across the full spectrum of roles that make up railway activities.




This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Event Details

13 August 2013 09:30 AM - 13 October 2013 05:00 PM
Box Gallery
Free with Admission