What do you know! I still have my Expo 88 Season Pass!
Why are you laughing? My orange toned lipstick? It matched the orange in the dress I was wearing (which you can’t see)!! My hair style? I’ll have you know that in 1988 that was VERY stylish! Oh yes indeedy it was! Look at the stylish height and flicking of the fringe!! Look at the expertise used in pulling back my hair in combs to give height and poof!!
Combs?? You don’t know what I mean by combs?? Have you been living under a rock?? In the 80’s everyone used combs!! They looked like this …
They are still used these days … but come in a variety of more stylish forms now … like this:
I still have my Expo 88 Passport – where I received a stamp for each pavillion that I visited. I had a dig around but couldn’t find it but I know it is here somewhere! If I find it, I’ll update this post and re-publish. I’m sure there are some photo’s of our visits to Expo 88 somewhere too!
I remember my cousin and her husband from NSW coming to stay with us. They each had a 3 day pass to Expo 88. So we went with them three times and had a ball each and every visit. Of course we also went many, many other times when they weren’t visiting with us. We had a season pass each!
We were living in our first house and did not yet have any children, so we had plenty of free time! Expo 88 provided six months of entertainment, good food and good times! Many people of Brisbane went through very real withdrawals when it all was over.
Expo 88 was such a good thing for Brisbane. This event was the prime catalyst for the resurrection of South Bank and the emergence of Brisbane as a vibrant, world-class city.
Following World Expo 88, the site was cleared of buildings apart from three heritage buildings and the Boardwalk. While the Queensland Government had intended to sell South Bank for commercial development after Expo 88, locals had realised its potential as a public space. Public lobbying saw 17 hectares of South Bank remain public parkland.
Southbank is now a beautiful place to visit. We have the River Stage, many restaurants and cafe’s, Kodak Beach (which I think is now called ‘Streets Beach’?), the Wheel of Brisbane and much more. If you’re not familiar with Brisbane’s Southbank, visit HERE to see all that it has to offer.
If you’re interested, check out this ABC video of ‘Brisbane reflecting back on Expo 88’: ‘ Click Here ‘
There is also this Ten News video ‘Fond memories of when Brisbane came of age’: ‘ Click Here ‘
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