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Professor Tom Griffiths, Australian National University, with introduction by Anthea Gunn, National Museum of Australia
Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 28 May 2013
Professor Griffiths tells the story of the young Australians who set out to explore the frozen continent in the name of scientific curiosity and how 1913 was an unexpected year. It was a year of trauma and waiting, and of nightmares more than dreams.
Andrew Sayers with introduction by Guy Hansen, National Museum of Australia
Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 30 April 2013
This lecture highlights the new directions being explored by important Australian artists around 1913 - many of whom are little-known today - and examines the role of arts and crafts in 1913 society and Australian reactions to new art movements in Europe.
Matthew Higgins with introduction by David Arnold
Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 12 April 2013
Canberra historian Matthew Higgins tells a story of adventure and discovery by three young men, Percy Sheaffe, Harry Mouat and Freddie Johnston, working in Australia’s rugged mountain country to mark the national capital and its surrounding territory.
Nicholas Brown with introduction by Michelle Hetherington, National Museum of Australia
Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 26 March 2013
Historian Dr Nicolas Brown reflects on the emerging world of modernity of Australia in 1913, and the world lost to looming international pressures and the threat of war.
Daniel Oakman and Kirsten Wehner, National Museum of Australia
21 March 2013
Hubert Opperman (1904-1996), or ‘Oppy’ as he was known, was one of the greatest cyclists of his time. Curator Daniel Oakman reflects on why Opperman became a national hero and how his cycling feats transformed popular understandings of human endurance.
Kerryn Wagg, Carmela Mollica and Michelle Newton-Edwards, National Museum of Australia
Door to store: Caring for your collection, 14 March 2013
Techniques for handling, storing and conserving precious textile objects, with demonstrations based on 1913-era hats and shoes, in conjunction with the exhibition Glorious Days: Australia 1913.
Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, Agnes Shea and Andrew Sayers
Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 6 March 2013
The Governor-General highlighted the role of women in Australia and the importance of Indigenous culture as portrayed in the exhibition as she took a retrospective look at where we have come from in 100 years and where we may go in the next 100 years.
June Ross, John Mulvaney, Barry Cundy, Giles Hamm and Chris Turney
A tribute to pioneering desert archaeologist Dr Mike Smith. Speakers June Ross, John Mulvaney, Barry Cundy, Giles Hamm and Chris Turney reflect on their time teaching and working with Mike, and the developing field of desert archaeology in Australia.
Artist Jo Bertini talks about her portrait of her friend and colleague, desert archaeologist Dr Mike Smith. Jo also outlines Mike’s great passion for desserts, and presents a book of dessert recipes compiled by his friends.
Philip Jones, Peter Veth, Anne McConnell and Dick Kimber
Dr Mike Smith’s former colleagues investigate the layers of Mike’s career, discussing digs through which Mike developed his knowledge of the human past in Australia, and how museums have contributed to mainstream knowledge of desert archaeology.