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Exhibition launch: Bipotaim: Stories from the Torres Strait

Pedro Stephen, Agnes Shea, Alisa Duff and Andrew Sayers

13 September 2011

Pedro Stephen, mayor of the Torres Shire Council, opens the exhibition of photographs by David Callow complemented by objects from the National Museum’s collections that share stories about the lives, culture and identity of Torres Strait Islanders.

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culture, indigenous, photography

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Life inside Westbrook Children’s Home, from the perspective of a survivor

Alfred Fletcher and Adele Chynoweth

Inside: Life in Children’s Homes series, 1 September 2011

Al Fletcher discusses with Adele Chynoweth his experiences at Westbrook as told to Cheryl Jorgensen in Brutal: surviving Westbrook Boys Home. His story is one of many that will be included in the upcoming exhibition Inside: Life in Children’s Homes.

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children, memory

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In Memory of Malawan presented by Ian Dunlop

Ian Dunlop, Pip Deveson and Dr Peter Thorley

5 August 2011

Following a screening of In Memory of Malawan, film-makers Ian Dunlop and Pip Deveson discuss the filming of the rituals for the funeral of Aboriginal clan leader Malawan over a two-week period in the early 1970s.

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ceremony, indigenous

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How ethical is Australia?

Peter Singer

Platform Conversations, 15 July 2011

Peter Singer is Australia’s best-known philosopher. Once labelled the most dangerous man on the planet, in this lecture facilitated by Jenny Brockie, he examines how well Australia is performing as a global citizen.

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environment, ethics, philosophy, politics

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Constitutional recognition – so what?

Mal Brough, Professor Garth Nettheim and Alison Page

Platform Conversations, 8 July 2011

The inaugural Platform Conversations event was a provocative panel discussion facilitated by David Speers debating whether recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Australian Constitution will make a meaningful difference to Indigenous peoples’ lives.

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indigenous, politics

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The Identity Game or How Irish is Australia?

Shane Carmody, State Library of Victoria

Not Just Ned: Irish in Australia series, 2 July 2011

Shane begins by singing lyrics about Ned Kelly written to the The Patriot Game that he wrote for the centenary of the Ned Kelly’s execution in which he drew a connection between that event, Armistice Day and the dismissal of the Whitlam government.

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Not Just Ned: what sort of history of the Irish in Australia?

Pat Cooke, Shane Carmody, Vale Noone, Keira O'Toole and Orla Tunney

Not Just Ned: Irish in Australia series, 2 July 2011

Symposium chaired by Orla Tunney, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Ireland, with short contributions from other speakers giving their opinions on the Not Just Ned exhibition.

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A few of my favourite things: some objects from the Not Just Ned exhibition

Dr Richard Reid and Andrew Sayers, National Museum of Australia

Not Just Ned: Irish in Australia series, 1 July 2011

Richard Reid, senior curator of the Not Just Ned exhibition, tells some stories and presents a few of his favourite objects from the exhibition to open the 18th Australasian Irish Studies conference: The Irish in Australia 1788 to the present.

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Sorting out the Irish immigrants of colonial Australia

Eric Richards, Flinders University, Adelaide

Not Just Ned: Irish in Australia series, 1 July 2011

Eric Richards examines the reciprocal relationship between Ireland and the Australian colonies and looks at such questions as what characteristics and qualities did Irish immigrants embody and how selectively did the colonies draw on these immigrants.

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colonial, irish, migration

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The National Museum of Ireland: an ideological history

Pat Cooke, School of Art History and Cultural History, National University of Ireland

Not Just Ned: Irish in Australia series, 1 July 2011

Pat Cooke discusses the history and evolution of the National Museum of Ireland in the context of the material culture of Ireland in modern times.

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culture, history, museums

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