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From collections to exhibitions – welcome and keynote address

Professor Howard Morphy, Australian National University and Dr Peter Stanley, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Peter Stanley welcomes guests to the 2009 National Museum Collections Symposium and key speaker Howard Morphy delivers ‘Perspectives on exhibiting collections,’ looking at the significance of artefacts and the stories they can tell.

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art, collection, exhibition, indigenous

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No presence in the case: looking for Tahiti in world museums

Dr Jenny Newell, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

The presence of objects from Tahiti in museums across the world is examined by historian Jenny Newell. She discusses the representations of Tahiti over the years and suggests how museums might renew Tahitian exhibitions and collections.

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collection, museums, pacific

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A load of old rubbish: displaying archaeology of the modern city

Dr Charlotte Smith, Museum Victoria

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Curator Charlotte Smith outlines the development of an exhibition at Museum Victoria based on urban archaeology. She discusses the challenges in interpreting the ‘rubbish’ and creating a snapshot of life in nineteenth-century Melbourne.

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archaeology, domestic, exhibition, museums, urban

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Irish in Australia

Dr Richard Reid, National Museum of Australia and Brendon Kelson

Historical Interpretation series, 15 March 2009

Researcher, author and Irishman Richard Reid and photographer Brendon Kelson examine the role of the Irish in Australia, to be featured in a forthcoming National Museum book, The Scattered Children of St Patrick.

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collection, exhibition, migration, photography

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Introduction to the Creating a Country gallery

Dr Kirsten Wehner, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 11 March 2009

Curator Kirsten Wehner outlines the themes of the new National Museum of Australia gallery, Creating a Country (now Landmarks). It will look broadly at the history of Australia since European colonisation of the continent in the late eighteenth century.

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collection, colonial, exhibition

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‘A theory to work with’: On The Origin of Species and its contemporary reception

Professor Paul Turnbull, Griffith University

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Historian Paul Turnbull summarises Charles Darwin’s arguments in Origin, its diverse reception in British and European circles from 1860 to 1900, and how the natural history of humanity came to be envisaged in Darwinian terms.

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darwin, science

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Charles Darwin: his character and convictions

Professor Tom Frame, Charles Sturt University and St Mark's National Theological Centre

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Historian Tom Frame explores Charles Darwin’s personal profile and describes the impact of his scientific views, his attitudes and opinions on religion.

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darwin, science

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Charles Darwin symposium welcome and introduction

Craddock Morton, National Museum of Australia

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Museum director Craddock Morton launches a symposium for examining and understanding the life and times of Charles Darwin, the impact of his published work and his scientific legacy. Includes an introduction by ABC Radio National science broadcaster Robyn Williams.

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darwin, science

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Human evolution: fossils surprising, fossils predicted

Professor Colin Groves, Australian National University

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Archaeologist Colin Groves outlines the fossil history of human evolution. He examines how some parts of the human fossil record appear to depict gradual change, while others seem better interpreted by the model of punctuated equilibria.

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archaeology, darwin, science

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Darwin and social Darwinism: the political use and abuse of natural selection

Tony Barta, La Trobe University

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Historian Tony Barta examines to what extent Charles Darwin’s ideas were misused by others and discusses the tragic effect of Darwinian eugenics in Australia and Germany.

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darwin, science

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