Colonial Queenslanders

Members of the Queensland Colonial Association. Photo by Peta Gittins.

About History Alive: A Journey Through Time

History Alive: A Journey Through Time is a not-for-profit family-friendly community festival previously held at Fort Lytton National Park. The event is presented by Queensland Living History Federation and run by passionate volunteers.

The event celebrates living history, our unique Queensland heritage, and the achievements of hundreds of re-enactors in making history come to life!

History Alive aims to bring history to life by inviting re-enactment and community history groups from all over Queensland to share their passion for history through entertaining and informative representations and displays for the people of South-East Queensland. Following smaller events held at Fort Lytton since 1991, History Alive has been held annually since 2000. Due to the popularity of the Event, History Alive has been relocated to the Rocklea Showgrounds from 2019, due to the need for local parking and public transport requirements. The Queensland Living History Federation continues to support the Fort Lytton National Park in other ways including group training days, smaller internal Events and the Fort Lytton bi-monthly cannon firings.


What is re-enactment and living history?

Living History is a hobby combining elements of archaeology, research, arts, crafts, martial skill (at times) and, of course, fun.

It is finding out what it meant to be a merchant, a convict, a farmer, a soldier, or a person of means (this list is not restricted) from any time and any location.

It is an attempt to simulate, or re-enact, life in another time – a very tangible and visual interpretation of aspects of social heritage.

It is a three-dimensional history lesson that is entertaining as well as educational; combining the art form of dramatic performance and the discipline of historic research. It is not a medium which is accepting of the mythology of the past.

Living history is widely used throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and North America as an integral form of historic interpretation. Its promotion as a recognised method of preserving elements of our cultural heritage is a significant objective for Queensland Living History Federation Inc.