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Growing up in the Tropics

Growing up in the Tropics

3 March  – 17 June 2023

I remember my childhood as one great adventure, exploring the swamps and bushland close to the city– Alan Hudson, 2010, Saturday June 26, The Weekend Post

What are the most significant memories about growing up in the tropics? How do they differ from growing up in other places?

The Cairns Museum presents recollections of childhood through photographs, artefacts, drawings, and smells that characterise the uniqueness of tropical landscape and climate with its beauty and challenges.

The exhibition was put together by the museum’s staff and volunteers. It brings together four categories of children’s lives —  playing, learning, getting around, and resilience — salient themes showcasing items from our tropical museum collection. We invite you to reflect on your own childhood and connect with the past.

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Vintage photo children in canoe Cairns

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