City in Masks

Matthew Wengert

Alexandria Park

Brisbane as a Storied City


#About the event

About the location

Alexandria Park is connected to the King St precinct within the Brisbane Showgrounds. A visit to King St has something for everyone – from casual to fine dining, coffee to cocktails and even a spot of shopping. You’ll find art everywhere you turn that celebrates the rich 147-year history of the Showgrounds as well as welcoming new modern stories, creating a real and authentic experience for everyone who visits.


Matthew Wengert

Matthew Wengert

Matthew Wengert is an independent curator and professional historian who has lived in Brisbane since the 1980s. He attained an MA (Writing, Editing & Publishing) from the University of Queensland in 2014. His main research interests are the violent history of Queensland's colonial frontier and the medical history of epidemics. He has worked closely with Cherbourg's Ration Shed Museum for several years as a researcher and manager of Indigenous art projects. From 2016-2019 he curated a live story-telling event within the Brisbane Open House program, titled Within/Without These Walls. He was awarded a Griffith Review Queensland Writing Fellowship in 2017, and the Brisbane City Council's History Research Award in 2018. His book City in Masks: How Brisbane Fought the Spanish Flu was published in 2019. He held a John Oxley Fellowship at the State Library of Queensland in 2020-21. His small publishing business, AndAlso Books, published Bjelke Blues (2019), Our Inside Voices: Reflections on Covid-19 (2020), A Book of Doors (2020), and Paradiso: A Novel (2021).

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