Take a closer look at objects and archaeological specimens on display in Connections across the Coral Sea.
Recommended for all ages
Discover a time where humankind knew no borders. A place where objects and ideas were shared harmoniously across cultures. Travel across the iconic Coral Sea and explore the rich relationships of ancient First Nations communities – their trade, customs and connections.
Connections across the Coral Sea reveals the latest archaeological research around the earliest movements and trade between the seafaring cultures of Papua New Guinea, Torres Strait and the northeast coast of Queensland.
Experience the language, stories and the spiritual connections of voyagers long ago. See real artefacts that endure the customs and talent of the ancient Pacific artisans that created them. Come full circle as you step into the modern day and learn about research and technology used to piece together the puzzle of a thriving cultural movement that existed since time immemorial.
A story of movement. A story of life. A story to be told.
Connections across the Coral Sea highlights the rich relationships of First Nations communities through contacts, trade and shared customs, such as technology, language, stories and spirituality.
Teachers and students can gain insight into Australian Archaeology and ancient evidence of movement among First Nations peoples.
Discover stories and objects from the seafaring cultures of southern New Guinea, the Torres Strait and northeast coast of Queensland.
Students can explore the earliest movements and international trade between the First Nations of Papua New Guinea, Torres Strait and northern Queensland, and learn how their sea voyages took place as well as the spiritual connection to the incredible canoes, integral to the seafaring way of life.
This exhibition also reveals the modern research and technologies used to investigate Australia’s ancient past. Step inside a life-sized, replica archaeological excavation trench to find evidence of the activity of First Nations people that lived over 6,500 years ago.
Resources can be downloaded for Primary and Secondary students and their teachers. When planning your visit, extra information for visiting schools and groups will guide you through your options and the booking process.
Teacher Notes include an introduction to the exhibition, links to other supporting information and extensive Australian Curriculum connections.
Skills sub-strands at all year levels can be supported when visiting a museum. An exhibition experience can be used to critique, inform, inspire and provide several examples of:
Student Explorer workbooks and/or a Guided Introduction can be integrated to your visit experience.
Availability: Term 4, 2022
Audience: Years 4-12
Curriculum: HASS | History | Science | Design and Technologies | Visual Arts
Duration: Allow 45 minutes per session (includes self-led student exploration time).
Free. Bookings essential.
Students can prepare for their exploration of Connections across the Coral Sea with guidance from Museum Learning staff. Share insights into some key objects, exhibition themes and prompts to start the inquiry process.
Groups may use the downloadable Student Explorer workbooks (below) to extend their visits experience.
Student Explorer workbooks
Exhibition Map (available soon)
Identifying zones, Cartography, Seafaring, Archaeology, Cultural Exchange and virtual archaeological dig.
Connections across the Coral Sea is a Queensland Museum exhibition produced in partnership with ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) and in collaboration with Queensland Museum Network’s Project DIG. The exhibition is also supported by James Cook University and Monash University. The research presented was undertaken in partnership with the Walmbaar Aboriginal Corporation and Hope Vale Congress Aboriginal Corporation.