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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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150th running of the Melbourne Cup: special events

Rod Fitzroy, Victoria Racing Club

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

Rod Fitzroy, Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club, outlines events taking place during 2010 to mark the 150th Melbourne Cup race, including the launch of a commemorative coin set struck by the Royal Australian Mint and three legacy projects.

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The Melbourne Cup: what it means to me and what it means to Australia

Andrew Peacock, co-owner of Leilani, winner of the 1974 Caulfield Cup

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

Former Australian political leader and statesman, Andrew Peacock talks about ‘chasing a dream’ of winning a Melbourne Cup and from his experience describes how, unlike the Melbourne Cup, other great horses race around the world don’t stop any nation.

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Public conversation: Bowled over by Gideon Haigh

Gideon Haigh and John Harms

20 June 2010

Journalist, acclaimed cricket historian and devoted club cricketer Gideon Haigh and sportswriter John Harms explore the changing value of the baggy green and its significance as a symbol of Australia.

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nation, sport

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The Chinese in Bendigo

Anne-Marie Conde, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 9 June 2010

Curator Anne-Marie Conde shares her work developing an exhibit on Bendigo as part of the gold module for the Landmarks: People and Places across Australia gallery, covering in particular the development of the Chinese community from the 1850s.

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art, gold, migration

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Symbols of Australia public forum with Rod Quantock

Melissa Harper, Shino Konishi, Rod Quantock, Peter Spearritt, Linda Thompson and Richard White

4 June 2010

Join comedian Rod Quantock, historians and other writers for an entertaining, provocative and controversial look at Australia’s best-loved symbols – from the quirky to the official, and those with the power to make a nation.

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collection, museums, nation

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Remembering the goal

Maryanne McCubbin, Museum Victoria

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Maryanne McCubbin discusses the development of three strands of collection workers over the past 30 years: curators, collection managers and conservators.

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Risk management and light levels

Nicki Smith, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2010 series, 14 May 2010

Following on from last year’s presentation on light levels, Nicki Smith examines the latest developments in risk management and light levels.

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collection, conservation, museums

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