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Farewell to staff

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Farewell to staff

27 Jun 2014

Two smiling women standing in front of a bookcase full of books and files.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program intern Alana Garwood-Houng (left) and specialist researcher, Lily Withycombe. Photo: Judith Hickson.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program is farewelling valued staff members, intern Alana Garwood-Houng and specialist researcher Lily Withycombe. Both have been working with the Encounters project team.

Alana, a Yorta Yorta, Wamba Wamba and Wergaia woman has been working at the National Museum for two days a week over the past 10 weeks as part of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Step-Up program.

Alana is also a talented basket weaver. Her work, and that of other local Indigenous weavers will be showcased in the exhibition 'Regional Weave' at the Belconnen Arts Centre in July 2014.

Lily is heading to Italy to undertake excavation work for the Segni project, a three-year joint research project established by The British School at Rome with the Archaeological Museum of Segni in the Lepini Mountains. Prior to working at the Museum, Lily lived in London and completed her doctorate in Roman archaeology at the University of London.

More information on the exhibition 'Regional Weave' can be found on the Belconnen Arts Centre website.

A women with headphones sits at a computer.
Researcher Lily Withycombe’s work at the Museum included deciphering and transcribing complex written documents as part of the Encounters project. Photo: Judith Hickson.
A woven pot with a handle and woven tea cup and saucer.
'Cuppa Time?' by Alana Garwood-Houng (detail) is part of an upcoming exhibition of basket weaving. Photo: Alana Garwood-Houng.
A man and women discussing a document that depicts woven objects.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander head curator Peter Thorley discusses Alana's basketwork and forthcoming exhibition with the Museum's Indigenous curatorial fellow Margo Neale. Photo: Judith Hickson.

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