Historical interpretation series 17 May 2009
Writing Captain Cook symposium
Leading writers and historians discuss their recent books on Captain James Cook and explore Australia’s continuing fascination with the explorer.
Historical interpretation series 15 Apr 2009
Rugged Beyond Imagination: Stories from an Australian mountain region
Curator Matthew Higgins talks about his book Rugged Beyond Imagination, which explores how people, including stockmen, skiers, scientists and surveyors, have shaped and been shaped by the Australian alpine environment.
Historical interpretation series 06 Apr 2009
Food and space: the Australian nation in the British Empire
Historian Adele Wessell uses cookbooks to draw conclusions about Australian political and social life at the turn of the century, examining British diet and food preferences that were maintained and transformed in colonial Australia.
Historical interpretation series 15 Mar 2009
Irish in Australia
Researcher, author and Irishman Richard Reid and photographer Brendon Kelson examine the role of the Irish in Australia, to be featured in a forthcoming National Museum book, The Scattered Children of St Patrick.
Historical interpretation series 30 Nov 2008
History in the baking
Historian Adele Wessell discusses cookbooks as historical resources, drawing on the Museum’s collection in her time as a Visiting Fellow with the Museum’s Centre for Historical Research.
Historical interpretation series 29 Oct 2008
Environmental history beyond the ivory tower
Libby Robin talks about the uses of environmental history in museums in Australia and New Zealand as a bridge between the traditions of natural and social history.
Historical interpretation series 08 Oct 2008
The Port of Aran
Irish archaeologist Michael Gibbons talks about the history and archaeology of Killeany Harbour, Inis Mor on Aran Island off the coast of Ireland, as part of a broader survey of Irish antiquities.
Historical interpretation series 31 Aug 2008
Ninety years ago on a French hillside: a story of Mont St Quentin
The story of one Australian platoon involved in the 1918 battle of Mont St Quentin, as told by historian Peter Stanley, who follows the 12 men throughout their lives.
Historical interpretation series 28 Aug 2008
Into the west: Torres Strait Islander railway workers, migration and belonging
Historian Shino Konishi explores the experiences in the 1960s of young Torres Strait Islander men who moved from the Torres Strait to the Australian mainland to work on railway construction.
Historical interpretation series 09 Jul 2008
Moving stories: women’s lives, British women and the postwar Australian dream
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.
Historical interpretation series 04 Jun 2008
Outback archive: unorthodox historical records
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.
Historical interpretation series 27 May 2008
A market for memories: understanding public history at the Mindil Beach site in Darwin
Historian Mickey Dewar talks about her research into Mindil Beach, Darwin and the ways in which this cultural site intersects with complex community history and memory.
Historical interpretation series 25 May 2008
All along the line
American writer and scholar William Fox discusses his research into how humans transform land into landscape, terrain into territory, and space into place.
Historical interpretation series 25 Oct 2007
The last man: the making of Andrew Fisher and the Australian Labor Party
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.
Historical interpretation series 16 Sep 2007
Nomadic cultures, journeys and coming home
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.
Historical interpretation series 05 Sep 2007
Into the 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.