2019 OHA Biennnial Conference

Intimate Stories, Challenging Histories


Meanjin / Brisbane

YoWaH Yuuingan – Bi-Balka nga Yuggera DJarra: Greetings friends, Welcome to Yuggera Country.

“Nareeba-Nguru-gu Bonnonee, Waar-rar ngiee gindi nya maroomba” 

~ Our great waters breath joy and peace on you ~ Gaja / Aunty Kerry Charlton

Brisbane is one of the oldest cities in Australia founded upon the ancient homelands of the Yuggera Nation.  It has many flowing water ways and an abundant rich environment.  Prior to colonisation, large gatherings of adjoining nations were hosted here.

Brisbane is Queensland’s state capital city with population over 2.4 million and is the third most populated city in Australia just after Sydney and Melbourne. The size of Brisbane is 15,826 km².

In October average temperatures are 26° / 16°C

Things to do

Brisbane Greeters provide free tours and can be booked here: www.visitbrisbane.com.au/brisbane-greeters?sc_lang=en-au

City Hopper is a free Brisbane River ferry service.  You can hop on and hop off around inner city.  Please see information here:

Brisbane City also has a free city loop bus service.  Please see information here:


Conference venues

Main conference:

Pre-conference workshops:

Welcome reception:

  • The welcome function is being held at the Queensland Maritime Museum at the Heritage Marine Workshops and Deck (https://maritimemuseum.com.au/ ). Join us and enjoy the changing light from dusk to night over the Brisbane River. There will be speakers, performers, drinks and catering by a local African not-for-profit social enterprise, Mu’ooz.

Staying in Brisbane

There are many options for accommodation in Brisbane.  The Riverside Hotel is close to the conference venue and centrally located.  We have made an arrangement with the Riverside Hotel for our delegates to receive a small discount.  Please book as soon as possible to secure a room.

This will give a discount on accommodation.

About the conference


Intimate Stories, Challenging Histories


State Library of Queensland


10-13 October 2019

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