Fall of Singapore symposium

Expert speakers from Australia and Singapore reflect on the legacy of the fall of Singapore 75 years ago, weaving together personal stories and international events to reveal the enduring legacy of 1942. Chaired by Suzanne Bravery, National Museum of Australia.

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Fall of Singapore session one: Museums and memory

National Museum of Australia Director Dr Mathew Trinca, historian Professor Joan Beaumont, National Museum of Singapore curator Priscilla Chua and historian Professor Frank Bongiorno

Fall of Singapore symposium, 30 October 2017

Mat Trinca on ‘The partnership between the National Museum of Singapore and the National Museum of Australia’, Joan Beaumont on ‘From ‘inexecusable betrayal’ to Changi; Australian memories of the fall of Singapore, Priscilla Chua on ‘Remembering the fall of Singapore at the National Museum of Singapore: The museum as mediator’, Frank Bongiorno on ‘An Australia of the spirit: The fall of Singapore and Australian nationalism’

history, military, museums

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Fall of Singapore session two: Personal stories

National Museum of Australia Deputy Director Janda Gooding and Australian War Memorial curator Garth O'Connell

Fall of Singapore symposium, 30 October 2017

Janda Gooding on ‘Broken families: British evacuees to Australia 1941–42’ and Garth Connell on ‘The blue birds are calling me back home: Aboriginal Australian prisoners of war in Singapore’

history, military, museums

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Fall of Singapore session three: An enduring legacy

Australian War Memorial curator Dr Anthea Gunn and visual artist Angela Tiatia

Fall of Singapore symposium, 30 October 2017

‘After the fall: commissioning and creating contemporary art in response to historic events’

history, military, museums

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