For six months in 1988 Brisbane entertained the world at what locals labelled the ‘worlds longest party’, World Expo 88.
Nearly sixteen million visitors turned up to enjoy the spectacle, at what was the biggest event in Australia’s bicentennial celebrations.
Twenty-five years on the event is still fondly remembered. Partly for the success it achieved in promoting Australia and Brisbane to the world but also for the fun and entertainment it provided to all those who made it through the turnstiles.
Many would remember receiving a hug from the giant platypus named Expo Oz – the mascot for the event. Plenty of souvenir merchandise and promotional materials featured this fellow with the slouch hat (as worn by Australian soldiers) and a green and gold safari suit, Australia’s national sporting colours.
Luckily, many of the exposition’s sculptures and buildings have been retained and are still on display around the city for all to enjoy.
In 1988 all we knew was to loaded film into our cameras, so I’m guessing that there are millions of faded images stored in albums around the world. To reflect this I have added a vintage look to the images in this gallery in an effort to add to the nostalgia.