A Biographical History.
As told by Dr John O’Hagan AM
Written by Mr Liam Barnsdale and
Ms Karlie Ireland
The history of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences extends to well before the
inaugural launch in September 2000. The life of the Academy’s founder, Dr John O’Hagan,
is filled with experiences which merge the arts and sciences in innovative ways. From the
opening of the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium in 1978 to projects for the Queensland
Museum, his life experiences have been foundational in his quest to establish a new Academy
amidst a stubborn academic world.