On 17 July 2015, Australia's Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove launched TradeCoast Central Heritage Park on the site of Brisbane's Eagle Farm Airport. It was a major event on Brisbane's history calendar attended by local and overseas guests.
For the past three years ToadShow has worked closely with the team at TradeCoast Central to turn a grassy paddock, where locals play touch footy, into a world-class heritage park and interpretive centre.
ToadShow prepared the concept plan, then developed design elements and materials including logos, displays for the walking trails, museum displays for objects, interpretive and graphic panels. ToadShow was in charge of all writing and image selection, photography and illustration. The final feast of content includes an eight-minute film "Layers of History", two touchscreen kiosks, three audio tours, two soundscapes and a mobile-friendly web site.
During convict times the heritage-listed paddock at 87 Schneider Road was the Convict Women's Prison known then as a "Female Factory".
In the early days of aviation it became a world famous airfield hosting the likes of Amy Johnson, Bert Hinkler and Charles Kingsford-Smith. During World War Two, the runway was rebuilt by US forces. Still standing are the heritage-listed Allison Engine Testing Stands and Hangar No. 7 where the Allies rebuilt Japanese Zero aircraft to unlock their secrets.
ToadShow Director Anne Jones said TradeCoast Central Heritage Park is a great introduction to the history of Brisbane.
"It's astonishing this one site was witness to so many amazing stories," Anne said.
TradeCoast Central Heritage Park Interpretive Centre is open 10am-4pm weekdays. Check the web site for weekend openings. You can visit the park any time. There is still plenty of room to play touch footy.
TradeCoast Central Heritage Park web site