Moreton Bay regional Council : Bring on the 80s and share your memories

It was the decade that gave rise to shoulder pads, big hair and the first mobile phone.


Across the world the Berlin Wall came down and Wall Street crashed.


The 1980s were bold, innovative and at times disheartening - now Moreton Bay Regional Council wants you to relive all the hair-raising moments from that technicolour era in an upcoming exhibition provisionally entitled The 80s.


Set to open May 2019 at Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, the exhibition will look at four major themes in the 80s - politics, events, fashion and culture, and the home - building on existing collections and items sourced from the community.


Council is inviting residents to contribute their memories of the 80s through images, objects, and stories from the 1980s to the exhibition by holding a special Engagement Day on Friday 16 November at Pine Rivers Heritage Museum.


Moreton Bay Regional Council’s Lifestyle and Amenity Spokesperson Councillor Denise Sims said the 1980s held many important milestones for Queensland and the Moreton Bay Region.


“This was the decade that saw Queensland’s first Commonwealth Games and World Expo 88,” she said.


“Many residents from our region had the opportunity to travel from Moreton Bay to attend these big events. It would be fantastic to see learn what their memories were of those events through pictures and videos. 


“It’s long been established that our region’s growth is outpacing the rest of South East Queensland and it seems the same can be said 40 years ago.


“Throughout the 1980s, our region grew from a start of 133,000 people to over 200,000 by 1991. This is a rate of growth unseen since.


“By asking the community to share their own collections, we can learn what life was like in our communities back in the 80s.


“We want to see your photos of local festivals, activities and events held by council such as the Bicentenary as well as First Settlement Day.   


“Fitness was huge in the 80s, while parachute pants and acid washed jeans were signature looks of the period. So, if you have any textiles or treasured clothing from that era be sure to share them with us.


“We want to learn about life in the 80s in this region and with your help we can relive all the fervour and excitement of that time through videos, photographs and any other objects or collections you have.”


For more information on how to share your 80s photographs, items and stories please go to  or call (07) 3480 6021.


To register for the Engagement Day head to:  

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