A Tribute to Modern Pioneers is a Banana Shire Council project to celebrate the innovative people contributing to the fabric of our community and the regions diverse industries.  We want to capture local achievements and stories and share them with the broader community. 

Queensland based emerging photographer Rachael Baskerville travelled the Banana Shire to take portraits of selected local Modern Pioneers in-situ at their place of work, property, home or an important place linked to their story. The portraits have been developed into a local exhibition and publication. The exhibition will be displayed at Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery and will be available as content to tour locally to venues and events.

Rachael Baskerville, a Brisbane based editorial and lifestyle photographer has been selected to work on the Modern Pioneers project. Read more about Rachael at her website.

"I love to work with anyone who creates, innovates, or has a story to tell. Integrity is undoubtedly the most photogenic quality".


Left: Rachael Baskerville, 2017. Right: Workshop, 2016.
Images courtesy of Rachael Baskerville.

We are very excited to announce those selected as Pioneers for the 'A Tribute to Modern Pioneers Project'!

David Trevilyan: Agricultural Machinery
Myles Breitkreutz: Recreational Flying
Fiona Hayward: Landowner Rights & Local History Preservation
Auda Maclean: Visual Arts and Cultural Heritage Conservation
Burnett & Louise Joyce: Cattle Genetics, Sustainable Property Management and Distance Education
Debbie Elliott: Rural and Regional Healthcare
Hazel Mann: Visual Arts Community
Jane Parker & Local Herb Farmers: Organic Herb Industry

Congratulations to all who were nominated, there certainly are fantastic people contributing to the betterment of our local community and industries.


Banana Shire Regional Art Gallery

17 November 2017 - 20 January 2018

Official Opening

From 6pm 17 November 


The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and (name of council) to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.