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2017 GAMAA FINALIST: Old Government House


FINALIST: Old Government House, QUT, Brisbane for To promote, excite and entice: the Miss Fisher public programs at Old Government House

Old Government House is located on the Gardens Point campus of QUT in Brisbane. In 2016, Old Government House partnered with the National Trust of Queensland to activate the internal spaces of the House in a new and entertaining way by presenting the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition.

Through this wondrous exhibition, the public was invited to enter the opulent 1920s world of the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher and her crime fighting associates. Miss Fisher’s character and charm were epitomised by the stunning costumes and props of the award-winning costume designer, Marion Boyce.

To complement the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition, Old Government House introduced a range of engaging, themed public programs which held tremendous appeal for the broader community and Miss Fisher enthusiasts. These programs included sixteen special events: Miss Fisher’s Lawn Party, a 1920s themed family event with swing dance classes, live jazz music, and pop-up beauty salon; an Evening with costume designer Marion Boyce; a ‘Behind the Seams’ tour of the exhibition; fashion and styling workshops including a Lindy Charm School for Girls; speakeasy pop-up bars with the option to come dressed in 1920s costume; as well as specialist talks and panel discussions with Brisbane art deco and crime authors.

Dr Katie McConnel and Sarah Barron, Old Government House, QUT, Brisbane – Finalist of Engagement: Organisations with Paid Staff category. Photo by Patria Jannides Photography.


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