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50 Treasures

50 Treasures

Celebrating 50 years of James Cook University

Take this unique opportunity to explore the people, places and events that have shaped North Queensland and the Tropics through a stunning selection of the most rare and precious artefacts, including original manuscripts and artworks, drawn from the JCU Library Special Collections.


Journey through 150 years of history as you encounter explorers and creators of all kinds and gain insights into life — on the land, in our towns and on the Great Barrier Reef.


The 50 Treasures exhibition (Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 30 October 2020 – 10 January 2021) can still be viewed through the virtual tour. Don't miss the Curator's talk by Bronwyn McBurnie. The exhibition catalogue contains the work of 40 invited authors as they write to the significance of each treasure. Longer essays may also be found on the JCU Library News Blog under the 50 Treasures blog post series.


Behind the scenes, detailed work such as conservation of these precious treasures is captured in an additional trove of short videos. See them on our JCU Library YouTube Channel.