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An artist first and foremost

Christopher Hodges, Utopia Art Sydney

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Artist and gallery owner Christopher Hodges, who had a close association with Emily Kame Kngwarreye, affirms her position as an abstract artist and provides insights into how her thinking was reflected in the Emily exhibition in Japan.

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art, emily, exhibition, indigenous

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New directions

Gwen Horsfield and Chrischona Schmidt, Australian National University

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Chrischona Schmidt examines Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s role as painter in the community of Utopia and Gwen Horsfield looks at Australia’s participation at the Venice Biennale 1978-2007, where Emily was one of the featured Australian artists.

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art, emily, indigenous

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Emily Kame Kngwarreye: her place in Australian art

Susan McCulloch

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Art writer and critic Susan McCulloch discusses the significance of Emily Kame Kngwarreye in twentieth-century Australian art, her contribution to its development and the stylistic breakthroughs of her work.

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art, emily, indigenous

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George Reid: a journey through three parliaments

Dr Martha Sear, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 13 August 2008

Curator Martha Sear discusses objects in the National Historical Collection that once belonged to Sir George Reid, a key figure in Australia’s Federation-era political history. Reid’s story features in the Australian Journeys gallery.

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biography, collection, exhibition, journeys, migration, politics

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‘If it wasn’t for them …’ – remembering the activists of the 1920s and 1930s

June Barker, Esther Carroll, Olive Campbell, Barbara McDonogh, Suzanne Ingram, Professor John Maynard, Barbara Nicholson and Dianne O'Brien

9 July 2008

Historian John Maynard leads an informal discussion with some of the original political activists from the Indigenous protests of the 1920s and 1930s, as part of the National Museum’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of the 1938 Day of Mourning.

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indigenous, politics, women

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Moving stories: women’s lives, British women and the postwar Australian dream

Professor Alistair Thomson, Monash University

Historical Interpretation series, 9 July 2008

Oral historian Alistair Thomson explores the experience of migration to Australia in the 1950s and 1960s, through the eyes and life stories of four British women, during his time as a Director’s Fellow at the National Museum of Australia.

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biography, journeys, migration, women

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From Makassar to Marege to the Museum

Alison Mercieca, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 7 July 2008

Curator Alison Mercieca tells the story of the Macassan trepang, or sea slug, industry. She considers the places connected by the Macassan voyagers from Indonesia and looks at the archaeological traces left on the Arnhem Land coast.

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archaeology, indigenous, industry, journeys

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Captured in Staffordshire

Rebecca Nason, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 11 June 2008

Curator Rebecca Nason discusses two Staffordshire figurines of nineteenth-century Irish nationalist, parliamentarian and convict William Smith O’Brien. His story is told in the Australian Journeys gallery.

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collection, colonial, crime, journeys, migration, politics

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Outback archive: unorthodox historical records

Dr Darrell Lewis, National Museum of Australia

Historical Interpretation series, 4 June 2008

Historian Darrell Lewis discusses his research on ‘the outback archive,’ unorthodox historical records from pre-European times to the present, concentrating on marked water tanks and trees along the Murranji Track in the Northern Territory.

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agriculture, exploration, journeys, ways of knowing

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Showcases II – examples of material culture research in museums

Matthew Churchward, Dr Ian Coates, Erika Dicker, Karen Schamberger and Craig Wilcox

Collections 2008 series, 30 May 2008

Curators outline examples of material culture research in Australian museums through objects including a wall-hanging crafted in a refugee camp, a military jacket, a wool collection, mining models and Australian Inland Mission Frontier Fête material.

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collection, exhibition, museums

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