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Expo 88 : September -2014
Expo 88 : September -2014

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A plaque unveiled on the 25th anniversary of World Expo '88 pays tribute to Sir Llewellyn Edwards, who was the Chairman of World Expo ‘88, and to the work of the Expo ‘88 Foundation Committee in planning what was a turning point in Brisbane’s history. The plaque was erected by the Queensland Government and The Brisbane City Council.

World Expo 88, also known as Expo '88, was a World's Fair held in Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia, during a six-month period between Saturday, 30 April 1988 and Sunday, 30 October 1988. The theme of the Expo was "Leisure in the Age of Technology", and the mascot for the Expo was an Australian platypus named Expo Oz.

The A$625 million fair was the largest event of the 1988 Bicentennial celebrations of the European settlement of Australia. Expo 88 attracted more than 15,760,000 visitors who bought tickets worth A$175 million. The event achieved both its economic aims and very good attendances, was successfully used to promote Queensland as a tourist destination and it spurred a major re-development at the South Brisbane site.

The Commissioner General for World Expo 88 was Sir Edward Williams (who was also the Chairman for the also very successful XIIth Commonwealth Games). The Chairman and Chief Executive former State Government Minister, Sir Llewellyn Edwards was appointed in February 1984. The General Manager was Bob Miniken and the Entertainment Director was Ric Birch. Landscaping at the site was done by Brisbane landscape architect Lawrie Smith. The landscaping was based on nine precincts and used more than 150,000 temperate and tropical plants.


Address:Stanley Street Plaza , Southbank , South Brisbane, 4101
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.478671
Long: 153.022883
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:April-1988
Approx. Event End Date:April-2013


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 28th April, 2013
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Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Expo 88 in acknowledgement of the contribution of The Honourable Sir Llew Edwards AC, Chairman of the World Exposition Authority Board of Management


Mr Bob Minnikin MBE    Lady Jane Edwards AM            
Mr Peter Goldston AO    Mr Ric Birch                         
Mr Graham Currie          Mr Ken Pope OAM
Mr Richard John            Mr Ross Given AM                 
Mr Tony Phillips

Unveiled by the Honourable Campbell Newman MP.
Premier of Queensland and The Right Honourable
The Lord Mayor of Brisbane Councillor Graham Quirk
28 April 2013

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