Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series

National Museum curators share details of the work that goes on behind the scenes and their research into key collection objects considered in the development of the Australian Journeys gallery, which traces Australia’s interconnections with the world.

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Stories of sadness and loss

Laina Hall, Peter Lane and Susannah Helman

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 13 June 2009

Collector Peter Lane and curators Laina Hall and Susannah Helman discuss three stories from the Australian Journeys gallery: the emotional drama of convict tokens, Alexander Mussen’s redemption on the goldfields and Muriel McPhee’s secret trousseau.

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collection, conflict, crime, gold, journeys, migration

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Guna Kinne and Carmelo Mirabelli’s stories

Arturs and Guna Kinne, Carmelo Mirabelli, Karen Schamberger and Sylvie Stern

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 31 January 2009

Guna Kinne and Carmelo Mirabelli’s stories feature in the National Museum’s Australian Journeys gallery. They join curator Karen Schamberger and broadcaster Sylvie Stern in a discussion about their lives in Europe and Australia.

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biography, collection, exhibition, journeys, migration

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The making of Australian Journeys

Dr Martha Sear, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 8 October 2008

Curator Martha Sear examines the evolution of the National Museum’s Australian Journeys gallery. She provides a comprehensive overview of the stories and the objects in this gallery, which looks at Australia’s connections to the world over time.

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exhibition, journeys, migration

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George Reid: a journey through three parliaments

Dr Martha Sear, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 13 August 2008

Curator Martha Sear discusses objects in the National Historical Collection that once belonged to Sir George Reid, a key figure in Australia’s Federation-era political history. Reid’s story features in the Australian Journeys gallery.

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biography, collection, exhibition, journeys, migration, politics

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From Makassar to Marege to the Museum

Alison Mercieca, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 7 July 2008

Curator Alison Mercieca tells the story of the Macassan trepang, or sea slug, industry. She considers the places connected by the Macassan voyagers from Indonesia and looks at the archaeological traces left on the Arnhem Land coast.

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archaeology, indigenous, industry, journeys

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Captured in Staffordshire

Rebecca Nason, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 11 June 2008

Curator Rebecca Nason discusses two Staffordshire figurines of nineteenth-century Irish nationalist, parliamentarian and convict William Smith O’Brien. His story is told in the Australian Journeys gallery.

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collection, colonial, crime, journeys, migration, politics

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Guna Kinne and her Latvian national dress

Karen Schamberger, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 14 May 2008

Curator Karen Schamberger tells the story of Guna Kinne’s Latvian national dress, assembled over a period of 20 years in Latvia, Germany and Australia, and now part of the National Museum’s National Historical Collection.

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collection, domestic, journeys, migration

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The Baden journals

Susannah Helman, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 9 April 2008

The lives of a group of young sisters growing up on Baden farm at Grong Grong in country New South Wales around 1912 are revealed in a collection of journals, examined by curator Susannah Helman.

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collection, domestic, journeys, migration

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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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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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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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