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October 1, 2019 - Cardwell’s Matthew brings history to life

Matthew Jackson creates renowned displays of graphics, stories and information to help bring history to life at the Cardwell Museum.

He is a volunteer who puts together display boards to depict a bigger and richer picture of historical events from the area, but also North Queensland.

Recently Matthew, 29, of Cardwell, was a finalist in the Individual Volunteer category at the 2019 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards in Cairns.
“Matthew has a great talent for drawing out a story, and his displays really enhance the visitor experience at the museum,” says Cardwell Councillor Glenn Raleigh, of the Cassowary Coast Regional Council.

“He deserves a big congratulations for his nomination. He was up against some amazing people and to be recognised by Queensland Museums and Galleries for his volunteering work is a great achievement,” said Cr Raleigh.

Every year the Cardwell museum has up to six different displays.

Museum staff say they nominated Matthew because of display boards he created depicting a pearling ship that foundered in a cyclone off the coast of Cardwell in 1918, killing many of those on board.

Matthew will next work on a display to commemorate the achievements of the Coast Watchers from World War II.

The Coast Watchers were radio operators who helped protect Australia’s far north shores by keeping watch for enemy bombers and ships that might be heading to attack. 

The next exhibition ‘Coast Watchers’ will run from October 4-21.