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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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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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Guna Kinne and Carmelo Mirabelli’s stories

Arturs and Guna Kinne, Carmelo Mirabelli, Karen Schamberger and Sylvie Stern

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 31 January 2009

Guna Kinne and Carmelo Mirabelli’s stories feature in the National Museum’s Australian Journeys gallery. They join curator Karen Schamberger and broadcaster Sylvie Stern in a discussion about their lives in Europe and Australia.

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biography, collection, exhibition, journeys, migration

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Animated conversation with Geoff Pryor

Michael McKernan and Geoff Pryor

13 December 2008

Historian Michael McKernan celebrates the life and work of much admired political cartoonist and Canberra identity Geoff Pryor, who retired after three decades with The Canberra Times.

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art, biography, politics

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Darwin exhibition opening

Dr Barry Jones

Charles Darwin series, 9 December 2008

Writer, lawyer and former science minister Barry Jones opens the Charles Darwin exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.

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darwin, exhibition, science

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History in the baking

Dr Adele Wessell, Southern Cross University

Historical Interpretation series, 30 November 2008

Historian Adele discusses cookbooks as historial resources, drawing on the National Museum’s collection in her time as a Visiting Fellow with the Museum’s Centre for Historical Research.

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collection, domestic, food

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Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time (1942)

David Pereira and Alice Giles

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments, the AE Smith cello, accompanied by harpist Alice Giles.

art, music

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Arvo Pärt, Spiegel im Spiegel (1978)

David Pereira

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953, one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments. This piece was originally for violin and piano.

art, music

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David Pereira, Unity is Strength (2008)

David Pereira

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays a personal composition on the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953, one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments. Dedicated to Gabrielle Hyslop and the National Museum.

art, music

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