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Walyja: family and art history in the Canning Stock Route Collection

John Carty, The Australian National University

22 September 2010

The Canning Stock Route, combined with the concept of Walyja (family), acts as a prism through which it is possible to trace both the human and the subsequent artistic movements that characterised the far Western Desert region in the 20th century.

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art, desert, indigenous

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Barbados: More than a beach

Roslyn Russell, National Museum of Australia

15 September 2010

Roslyn Russell takes us on a journey through the history of Barbados, from its first parliament in 1639, through the dark days of slavery to the present days. Learn why, with its rich history and culture, Barbados is certainly ‘more than a beach’.

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culture, history, museums

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Exploration and Endeavour: The Royal Society of London and the South Seas: exhibition launch

Professor Penny Sackett, Chief Scientist, and Andrew Sayers, National Museum of Australia

14 September 2010

Professor Penny Sackett opens the Exploration and Endeavour: The Royal Society of London and the South Seas exhibition to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society, the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

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cook, exploration, science

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September 11: Museums, spontaneous memorial and history

James Gardner, National Museum of American History, Washington DC

13 September 2010

James Gardner discusses museum responses to the spontaneous memorials following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US. He looks at tensions between memorialising, collecting and interpreting historic events. Also forthcoming in Grassroots Memorials.

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collection, conservation, memory, museums

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Sinners, Saints and Settlers: book launch

Ms Orla Tunney, Brendon Kelson, Dr Richard Reid and Mathew Trinca

7 September 2010

Ms Orla Tunney from the Embassy of Ireland in Canberra launched Sinners, Saints and Settlers: A journey through Irish Australia, a book co-authored by Dr Richard Reid of the National Museum of Australia and photographer Brendon Kelson.

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irish, journeys

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The future of museum multimedia

Carol Cartwright, Nicole Ma, Michael Hill and Tikka Wilson

26 August 2010

This forum, sponsored by Museums Australia ACT branch, outlines the multimedia used in the National Museum of Australia’s Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route exhibition as part of a broader discussion on the future of museum multimedia.

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art, media, museums

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Welcome to ‘The Heart of Australian Racing: the Melbourne Cup’ symposium

Bryan Martin, racing broadcaster and Andrew Sayers, National Museum of Australia

The Heart of Australian Racing: The Melbourne Cup, 13 August 2010

MC for the day Bryan Martin provides a brief background to the Melbourne Cup and Andrew Sayers, the new Director of the National Museum, outlines why the Museum recently declined to lend Phar Lap’s heart to Melbourne for the horse’s re-assembly.

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sport

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What the Melbourne Cup means to me

Wendy Green, Sheila Laxon, Mark de Mestre and John Letts in conversation with Bryan Martin

The Heart of Australian Racing: The Melbourne Cup, 13 August 2010

Hear what the Melbourne Cup means to the owner of a cup winner, the first female trainer to win both the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups, the grandson of the inaugural Melbourne Cup winning trainer, and a former jockey who has won the Melbourne Cup twice.

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Where does the Melbourne Cup belong in Australian culture - and why has it endured?

Louise Douglas and Carol Cooper, National Museum of Australia

The Heart of Australian Racing: The Melbourne Cup, 13 August 2010

To introduce this session Louise Douglas talks about not only Phar Lap’s heart but also many other objects associated with the Melbourne Cup in the National Museum of Australia’s National Historical Collection.

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On the Punt: Chance, racing and the horse in Australian life and culture

Bob Charley, Fiona Carruthers, Alan Eskander and Geoff Slattery in conversation with James Warden

The Heart of Australian Racing: The Melbourne Cup, 13 August 2010

Hear a racing administrator, the author of The Horse in Australia, a bookie and a sports publisher discuss the public fascination with the Cup as not only a day of fashion, socialising, networking and fun but also a time to chance their luck with a bet.

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