September 1st 2010
"...other Magnetical matter" to open soon
It was Captain Cook in June 1770 who first sighted and named ‘Magnetical’ Island because his ‘Compass would not travis well when near it’. It remains a mystery why Cook believed ‘other Magnetical matter’ should have affected his compass – but it has not prevented people attempting to explain it with various theories. Likewise, there are many Island stories – other Magnetical matter – that are puzzling in some way or another and demand further investigation. And this is the theme for the soon-to-open, annual exhibition at the Magnetic Island History & Craft Centre and Museum in Picnic Bay
Magnetic Museum examines some of these stories in this exhibition. Who was Nelly Bay really named after? Was gold actually discovered on Magnetic Island? Why did Chinese settlement end? What happened to the Beaufort bomber when it crashed near the City of Adelaide wreck at Cockle Bay? The exhibition tells interesting stories about Island history – mostly unconnected but often controversial.
A Gibb Maitland, Geological Survey of Magnetic Island, (1892), geological sketch map – artefact held by MIHCC and Magnetic Museum.
"Researchers unearth conflicting and confusing information when trying to put together the pieces of any one story,’ explained President Zanita Davies, ‘answers can be difficult to find – and often remain a mystery regardless of the hours spent in research and study’. In this exhibition facts are presented, pertinent questions asked and possible conclusions offered. ‘Don’t be surprised to find some long-established views challenged,’ added Zanita.
"...other Magnetical matter" will be opened on Sunday 5 September 2010, 2.00pm
by Townsville journalist, Ian Frazer.
The exhibition will remain open to the public everyday (except Tuesdays) from 10.00am to 2.00pm until the conclusion of the Bay Days Festival on 3 October 2010.
Magnetic Island History and Craft Centre is located at 11-15 Granite Street, Picnic Bay.
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