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Get Wrecked: John Gollings and Great Keppel Island
Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area

02 May - 29 June 2014

07 4936 8248


"Great Keppel Island: It's a great place to get wrecked" was the catchphrase of one of the most successful tourism and advertising campaigns of the 1980s. The Get Wrecked campaign presented a hedonistic utopia set on Great Keppel Island at the southern gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. The Resort was aimed at 20-something's keen for a suntan and a bit of saucy fun.

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The photographer for the campaign was John Gollings, one of Australia's most significant photographers.

Originally conceived as advertising, today the Get Wrecked photographs capture Australia's cheeky "adults-only" beach culture of the early 1980s. They also show the development of their region as a tourist destination. In 2013, Gollings donated photographs and related ephemera from the Get Wrecked campaign to Rockhampton Art Gallery, and this is the first time the collection has been on public display.

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Frequency: Once Only

Event Dates

02 May - 29 June 2014


Rockhampton Art Gallery

Victoria Parade
Queensland Australia 4700

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