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Interviewing John Heath

Interviewing John Heath

In October 2010 the Museum interviewed John Heath, a member of the Birpai community, and an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community and Cultural Development Officer at the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. John talked about a collection of photographs taken by amateur scientist and oyster culturist Thomas Dick which documented the traditional lifestyle of the Birpai Aboriginal people in Port Macquarie between 1910 and 1923. John spoke about his personal connection to the photographs, and how he's used them to research and interpret the activities of the Birpai people in the Port Macquarie-Hastings landscape.

John told a fascinating story, and we're looking forward to featuring parts of the interview, shot by cinematographer, Paul Simpson, in an audiovisual program as part of the Port Macquarie multimedia interactive.

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The set is prepared and ready to go.
The set is prepared and ready to go. Photo: Michael Honey, Icelab.
Curator Leah Bartsch interviews John.
Curator Leah Bartsch interviews John. Photo: Michael Honey, Icelab.
John shows the team his collection of prints from the Thomas Dick collection.
John shows the team his collection of prints from the Thomas Dick collection.
Photo: Georgia Miles.
Some of Thomas Dick's photographs are filmed for inclusion in the audiovisual program.
Some of Thomas Dick's photographs are filmed for inclusion in the audiovisual program. Photo: Georgia Miles.