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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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Into the desert

Dr Mike Smith, National Museum of Australia

Historical Interpretation series, 5 September 2007

Desert archaeologist Mike Smith on his expedition into the remote southern Simpson Desert in South Australia. Mike recalls the thrill of discovering ancient fossil remains, working with camels and a helicopter rescue for an injured expeditioner.

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adventure, archaeology, exploration

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Conversation with Jenny Kee

Jenny Kee and Roslyn Russell

Eternity series, 19 August 2007

Fashion designer Jenny Kee, whose story features in the National Museum, explains how her chance survival in the Granville Train Crash in Sydney in 1977 became a catalyst for her art, in a conversation with curator and historian Roslyn Russell.

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art, biography

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The dàn tre: a musical migration story

Jennifer Wilson, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 8 August 2007

An original bamboo musical instrument made by Minh Tam Nguyen, a Vietnamese refugee to Australia, illustrates a meeting of European and Asian traditions and a life changed by war, explains curator Jennifer Wilson.

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collection, conflict, journeys, migration, music

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Writing onto public record our stories

Michael Aird, Stephen Hagan, Christine Hansen and Professor Peter Read

Who You Callin’ Urban? forum, 6 July 2007

An exploration of the term ‘urban’, whether it is an appropriate reference for Indigenous people living in Australian cities, and the many ways Indigenous culture is expressed in these environments.

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indigenous, urban

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Who you callin’ urban?

Vernon Ah Kee, Bronwyn Bancroft, Richard Bell, Wesley Enoch and Dr Anita Heiss

Who You Callin’ Urban? forum, 6 July 2007

An examination of the expression of Indigenous culture and identity by a dynamic group of contemporary artists and authors. Explores the impact the ‘art’ movement has had on Indigenous people and how cultural material can be ‘read’ as documentary text.

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art, indigenous, urban

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These are modern dreamtime stories!

Stephen Hagan, Gordon Syron and Sam Wagan Watson

Who You Callin’ Urban? forum, 6 July 2007

The ways the ‘active’ Indigenous voice has changed the representation of Indigenous cultures from urban areas in museums and keeping places is explored by Indigenous artist Gordon Syron, poet Sam Wagan Watson and writer Stephen Hagan.

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art, indigenous, museums, urban

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The natural world as a character

Nicholas Drayson, novelist and Dr Libby Robin, National Museum of Australia

Historical Imagination series, 24 June 2007

Environmental historian Libby Robin and novelist Nicholas Drayson share an interest in nature and the history of science and discovery. They explore the dynamic relationship between historical evidence, recollections and the reconstruction of the past.

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environment, science, ways of knowing

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