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Japanese responses to the Emily exhibition

Chiaki Ajoika, Hitomi Toku and Mayumi Uchida

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Art historian Chiaki Ajoika, Aboriginal art consultant Mayumi Uchida and Australian Embassy official Hitomi Toku discuss Japanese responses to the Osaka and Tokyo exhibitions of Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s work, with Ronin Films managing director Andrew Pike.

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art, emily, indigenous

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Emily as located historian: the Camel Lady narrates a history of discovery without 1788

Professor Ann McGrath, Australian National University

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Historian Ann McGrath discusses paintings as agents of history, bringing history into the present. She looks at the work of Emily Kame Kngwarreye to investigate how paintings tell different stories depending on where they are presented.

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art, emily, indigenous

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Emily Kngwarreye’s practice of painting: an international perspective

Professor Terry Smith, University of Pittsburgh, United States

Emily Kame Kngwarreye series, 22 August 2008

Art historian Terry Smith explores how Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s work operates between the evolution of Indigenous and non-Indigenous art in Australia. He draws comparisons with the achievements of contemporary European artists.

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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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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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‘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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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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Viewpoints on material culture

Margaret Anderson, Guy Hansen, Professor Fred Myers and Dr Mike Smith

Collections 2008 series, 30 May 2008

Archaeologist Mike Smith, curator Guy Hansen, historian Margaret Anderson and anthropologist Fred Myers reflect on the way their four different disciplines have approached physical evidence at the 2008 National Museum Collections Symposium.

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collection, museums

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