For nearly 80 years trams were the main way to traverse the city, playing an important role in getting to and from work, going shopping, attending events, visiting friends and accessing places to relax. Playing a significant role in the development of Brisbane and directly aiding the urbanisation of the city, new tram extensions provided impetus for new houses and shops. Now simply remembered as ‘the trams’,some residents might remember their more colourful names, such as matchbox trams, jumping jacks, droppies, iron dukes and the phoenix trams. Our first significant foray in public transport, Brisbane trams holds a nostalgic place in the memories of many Brisbane residents. Join curator Melinda Gagen as she takes you on a trip down memory lane.