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Archangels and Archaeology: the untold story of Queensland’s Abbey Museum

Feature Presentation

John Ward with Roman portable charcoal stove. Image courtesy of the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology.A spiritualist, mystic, historian and lifelong collector of antiquities, John Ward (1885-1949) embodied the cultural turmoil of an age of collapsing empires, religious fragmentation and world war. His quirky, personal, and immensely valuable collection - displayed in London in the 1930s and now at the Abbey Museum, Caboolture - developed from his fascination with ethnography and folklore, Freemasonry and esoterica, and the history of world civilizations. In this talk, Ward's biographer discusses the man and his legacy, and the remarkable story of his collection's improbable journey to Queensland.  

About the speaker

Geoff Ginn teaches British history and heritage studies at the University of Queensland. His new book 'Archangels & Archaeology: J.S.M. Ward's Kingdom of the Wise' is published by Sussex Academic Press.
School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
University of Queensland

Event Details

19 May 2012, 01:00 PM
Theatre, Level 2, Queensland Museum & Sciencentre

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