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Clash of the codes: rugby union vs rugby league

Tim Gavel, Guy Hansen, Ben Pollock and Nick Smith

2 March 2008

The relative merits of rugby union and rugby league football are debated by ABC Canberra sports reporter Tim Gavel, Brumbies media manager Nick Smith, Canberra Raiders media manager Ben Pollock and National Museum curator Guy Hansen.

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exhibition, sport

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John Gore’s telescope

Michelle Hetherington, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 13 February 2008

A Dollond achromatic telescope used by Captain John Gore helps to tell remarkable stories about Captain James Cook’s Pacific voyages and the development of optics and navigational techniques, according to curator Michelle Hetherington.

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collection, cook, exploration, journeys

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Collecting Papunya art

Christopher Hodges, Vivien Johnson and Dr Margo Neale

3 February 2008

Explore the history of the Papunya painting movement and discover the current generation of Papunya artists at a forum held in conjunction with the National Museum’s Papunya Painting exhibition.

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art, collection, exhibition, indigenous

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Mutukayi: motor cars and Papunya painting

Vivien Johnson, John Kean, Jeremy Long and Dr Peter Thorley

2 December 2007

The sometimes life-changing, occasionally hilarious and always vital role of the mutukayi – or motor car – in the history of the people of Australia’s Western Desert is explored by an expert panel with firsthand Papunya experience.

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art, emily, indigenous

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History meets poetry

Dr Margo Neale, Professor Peter Read and Sam Wagan Watson

Historical Imagination series, 4 November 2007

Poet and writer Sam Wagan Watson, historian and Indigenous biographer Peter Read and National Museum curator Margo Neale discuss Indigenous issues and the intersection between historical research and imagination.

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art, biography, indigenous, ways of knowing

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Creating child-friendly cities: lessons from Monstropolis

Dr Paul Tranter, Australian Defence Force Academy

27 October 2007

Geographer Paul Tranter critiques the movie Monsters, Inc. in an entertaining examination of the serious issue of making cities safe, fun and connective for kids. He suggests changes to urban form and transport, neighbourhood design and social values.

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architecture, children, environment, urban

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The last man: the making of Andrew Fisher and the Australian Labor Party

Professor David Day

Historical Interpretation series, 25 October 2007

Historian and National Museum Director’s Fellow David Day argues that Australian prime minister Andrew Fisher should be remembered for social reforms and infrastructure projects, not just committing ‘the last man and last shilling’ to the First World War.

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biography, politics

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Conversation with Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and Sophie Jensen, National Museum of Australia

Eternity series, 14 October 2007

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton recounts events since her daughter Azaria was taken from a tent in Australia’s Northern Territory in 1980. She speaks about the National Museum’s Chamberlain collection and the public’s fascination with the case.

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biography, collection, exhibition

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Photographer Richard Daintree’s glass plates

Dr Martha Sear, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 10 October 2007

A set of ten rare glass plates depicting people and places in north Queensland in the mid-1800s reveal much about pioneering geologist and photographer Richard Daintree and life in the colony, according to curator Martha Sear.

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collection, colonial, migration, photography

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Nomadic cultures, journeys and coming home

Robyn Davidson and Dr Mike Smith, National Museum of Australia

Historical Interpretation series, 16 September 2007

Adventurer and author Robyn Davidson joins desert archaeologist Mike Smith for a discussion about her travels in Australia, India, China and Tibet, and 30 years since the publication of her Making Tracks book.

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adventure, environment, exploration, journeys, memory

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