Written by Jackie Ryan

Published by University of Queensland Press

World Expo 88 was the largest, longest, and loudest of Australia's bicentennial events.

A shiny 1980s amalgam of cultural precinct, shopping mall, theme park, travelogue, and rock concert, Expo 88 is commonly credited as the catalyst for Brisbane's 'coming of age'. So how did an elaborate and expensive party change a city forever? Get hold of the book to find out.


  • The book launch was held on the 30th anniversary of the opening of World Expo 88.
  • It was held at the Ship Inn at the Southbank Parklands, which was an actual Expo 88 venue.
  • Guests included a number of the politicians and administrators who had built Expo 88, a number of people who had protested it, and dozens of people who had loved it.
  • 80s outfits were optional.

Launch Photos: Anna Jacobson


  • Winner: Queensland Premier's Award for a Work of State Significance, Queensland Literary Awards
  • Winner: University of Southern Queensland History Book Award, Queensland Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted: 'The Courier-Mail' People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award, Queensland Literary Awards.