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Waters of Tuvalu

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by Philip Thiel
Publish date
22 March 2011
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This guest post comes from Philip Thiel, who works in the museum’s Online Learning team, creating and publishing material for education audiences on the web.

Tuvalu is still being wrecked by climate change over two years after the launch of Immigration Museum’s exhibition Waters of Tuvalu: A nation at risk. The nation’s greenhouse gas emission is miniscule compared to that of developed nations such as Australia, but it will become the first nation to be uninhabitable as a result of climate change. “This is a grave injustice,” writes Reverend Tafue Lusama at Crikey’s Rooted blog, at which he describes the devastating effects of changing weather patterns on fishing, agriculture and public health in his homeland. “Things are shifting rapidly now.”

A young girl looks out to sea A young girl looks out to sea.
Image: Peter Bennetts
Source: Peter Bennetts
 

We’ve just updated the Immigration Museum website with content from the Waters of Tuvalu exhibition, including beautiful photographs by Peter Bennetts and Fikau Teponga. There’s information about the history and culture of Tuvalu, as well as sections on the impact of climate change. You can also download the exhibition catalogue from the site, which further enriches the online archive of past exhibitions held at the Immigration Museum.

Waters of Tuvalu was opened in August 2008, and has since travelled to several other Australian venues including the Noosa Regional Gallery. The exhibition team created it with the goal of minimal environmental impact, utilising products, materials and suppliers in an effort to achieve best practice outcomes. This contributed to Museum Victoria’s Award for Excellence in Green Purchasing (Victorian State Government) in the 2010 Eco-Buy Awards.

Funafuti Atoll Funafut Atoll July 1999 - a shortage of land on Funafuti has led to housing being built around and on the rubbish-filled borrow pits.
Image: Peter Bennetts
Source: Peter Bennetts
 

We were proud to accept this award. Nevertheless – and despite the beautiful images and objects included in the exhibition – there’s something melancholy about telling the story of a disappearing nation.

Links:

Past Exhibitions: Waters of Tuvalu

From tiny Tuvalu: the island being destroyed by climate change

2010 Eco-Buy Awards

Planting the sustainable garden

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by Kate C
Publish date
20 January 2011
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From the 1950s to 2009, the western forecourt of the Royal Exhibition Building was an asphalt car park - useful, but hardly befitting the World Heritage classification of the site. Certainly there was no trace of the ornamental garden planted there for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition.

 

Cue World Heritage, World Futures: a major project that began in October 2009. Funding for this project was provided form the Victorian Property Fund on the approval of the Minister for Consumer Affairs.

The project's three phases: excavation of the site to recover artefacts from the original 1880s garden, installation of an enormous rainwater storage tank, and restoration of the heritage garden and circular drive - are almost complete. 

Landscapers have installed the watering system and are now preparing the ground for planting. Within the next month the project will be finished and a beautiful water-wise garden will return to Rathdowne Street.

Watering system laid out at REB This extensive watering system will use the water from the new rainwater storage tank to ensure the garden stay lush and green sustainably.
Source: Museum Victoria
 

So keep an eye on the final flurry of activity behind those purple hoardings this month; the World Heritage, World Futures blog contains posts on the project's progress from the very beginning if you'd like to know more.

Hoardings around the REB Hoardings around the project building site with a glimpse of the restored circular driveway.
Source: Museum Victoria
 

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Royal Exhibition Building

World Heritage, World Futures

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