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One River artists’ talks facilitated by Barbara Paulson

Jude Roberts, Carmel Wallace, John Shortis and Major Sumner with Barbara Paulson

Critical Undercurrents - a One River symposium, 25 August 2013

Barbara Paulson, an assistant curator with the Museum’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program, facilitates this session of talks given by artists who participated in the One River project.


agriculture, art, culture, economy, water


Landmark Women: Louise Page

Louise Page, soprano

Landmark Women, 16 August 2013

Soprano Louise Page, one of Australia’s most highly regarded singers, talks about her work in opera, cabaret, recitals and broadcasts, as well as bringing up her family in Canberra.




‘Gone to Navy’: Defending Australia, 1913

Dr Peter Stanley, University of New South Wales Canberra, and Dr David Stevens, Sea Power Centre Australia

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 30 July 2013

A lively look at the way Australia gained its navy in 1913, with historians Peter Stanley and David Stevens revealing how the acquisition was much more than just a collection of warships.


history, military, nation


Landmark Women: Catriona Jackson

Catriona Jackson, Science and Technology Australia

Landmark Women, 19 July 2013

Science and Technology Australia chief executive officer Catriona Jackson speaks about her career in politics, public affairs, tertiary education and journalism, in this Friends of the National Museum series.


desire, politics, science, women, work


Joy flights, feats and disasters: A journey through 1920s and 1930s aviation in the National Historical Collection

Jennifer Wilson, National Museum of Australia with introduction by Kirsten Wehner

Curatorial research fellowship series, 18 July 2013

Curator Jennifer Wilson shares the stories of some rarely-seen aviation objects, from plane parts to photos, to illustrate the realities and romanticism of the foundation-era of Australian aviation.


adventure, aviation, journeys


Door to store: Caring for your family history documents

Tania Riviere and Jess Wignell, National Museum of Australia, and Jenny Higgins, National Library of Australia

Door to store: Caring for your collection, 11 July 2013

Are you keen to know where your family history came from or how to record history for the next generation? Learn how to search for your past using family history documents and how to maintain the documents you have so that they last for years to come.


collection, history


The state of photography in 1913 with historian Helen Ennis

Helen Ennis, Australian National University School of Art

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 25 June 2013

Photographic curator, historian and author Helen Ennis discusses the rise of photography in 1913 and its use by professionals, amateurs, ethnographers and scientific explorers, as well as exploring similarities and differences in 100 years of portraiture.




Role of Australians in Antarctica in 1913

Professor Tom Griffiths, Australian National University, with introduction by Anthea Gunn, National Museum of Australia

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 28 May 2013

Professor Griffiths tells the story of the young Australians who set out to explore the frozen continent in the name of scientific curiosity and how 1913 was an unexpected year. It was a year of trauma and waiting, and of nightmares more than dreams.


adventure, exploration


Door to store: Caring for your photographic collection

Michelle Hetherington, Kerryn Wagg, George Serras, Jason McCarthy and Lisa O'Brien

Door to store: Caring for your collection, 9 May 2013

Learn about the importance of photos in the National Museum’s collection and the best ways for managing, storing and protecting your digital and printed photographs at home.


conservation, photography


‘Part of the Feast’: The life and legacy of Val Plumwood

Gregg Borschmann, Grahame Webb, George Main, Lorraine Shannon, Deborah Bird Rose, Kate Rigby and Kirsten Wehner

7 May 2013

In 1985 the Australian environmental philosopher Val Plumwood was almost killed by a saltwater crocodile as she canoed in Kakadu National Park. This forum talks about Plumwood’s work and how it helps us understand our place in the world.


adventure, biography

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