The Pandora Foundation was established in Townsville by members of the Townsville business community to raise $2 million to provide for retrieval and conservation of the contents of the Pandora historic shipwreck. The artefacts, including those already raised by the Queensland Museum during previous expeditions, are to be displayed in a new wing of the Museum of Tropical Queensland (MTQ) in Townsville. The project also included the relocation from Brisbane of the Queensland Museum’s Maritime Archaeology staff and a Materials Scientist (conservator) to the MTQ.
The Pandora Foundation was officially launched on 18 June 1996 at a private champagne reception at the Sheraton Breakwater Casino Hotel in Townsville. It was attended by the Premier of Queensland, Rob Borbidge. During the evening, Mr Borbidge, on behalf of the State Government, committed $17.5 million to the new wing of the MTQ.
The new building opened in June 2000, displaying and housing the Pandora collection. Townsville Mayor Tony Mooney announced a $500,000 contribution to the Pandora Foundation from the people of Townsville. "The campaign attracted significant interest and has been a huge success," said Keith Brazier, campaign chairman. "The City Councils of Townsville and Thuringowa, the State Government and statutory authorities have generously supported this ambitious project. Thuringowa Council has made a $100,000 contribution. The State Government matched the Pandora Foundation’s funding with an additional $1 for every $2 raised." To date (August 2006) over $2.3 million has been raised, which is well over the Pandora Foundation’s target of $2 million.
Enquiries about supporting the objectives of the Pandora Foundation can be made to:
Mr John Lyons Tropical Club Ambassador C/- Museum of Tropical Queensland 70-84 Flinders Street TOWNSVILLE QLD 4810 Telephone: (07) 4726 0600 Facsimile: (07) 4721 2093
Pandora Foundation Sponsors and Donors
Hooper, Max & Pam
Rowlands Surveys Pty Ltd
Honeycombe’s Real Estate
Hugh E. Urquhart Real Estate
Samuel & Eileen Gluyas Trust
Santalucia Group of Companies
James Cook University
Schaumburg, Denis & Sue
The Pandora Foundation and the Queensland Museum gratefully acknowledge the following donors and sponsors:
Boulton, Cleary & Kern
Boyle, Chris & Louise
Brazier & Motti
Jon McArthur, Chartered Accountants
Landel Pty ltd
Leanda Drilling Co.
Shepherd Estate of SLR
Sheraton Breakwater Casino Hotel