If you wanted to choose a place where historical artefacts are most at risk of destruction, with the exception of conflict zones, you would have to consider North Queensland.
A dangerous mix of extreme weather, temperatures and moisture make it an archivist’s nightmare.
That is what makes the 50 rare objects currently on display, as part of an exhibition curated by James Cook University, all the more precious.
“High humidity, rainfall and then the fluctuation of everything — paper doesn’t like that at all,” curator Bronwyn McBurnie said.
Storing rare documents and artwork is a battle against nature itself.
“Apart from us not having good places