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Our people

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Our people

Members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program team at the National Museum work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to collect, preserve and exhibit their stories.

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Curator Jay Arthur in Kempsey with a group of Kinchela boys at the donation of the Kinchela gate to the National Museum (from left) Michael Walsh, Cecil Bowden, William Lesley, Ian (Crowe) Lawson and Manuel Ebsworth.

Photo: Barbara Paulson.

A group of people stand behind an old metal gate. The gate contains the writing "Boys Home".

Lorna Jackson and Vicki Nangala, granddaughters of Uta Uta Tjangala, with Peter Thorley at Kintore in the Northern Territory.

Photo: Pip Deveson.

Two women and a man standing in an open expanse of land. A number of houses can be seen in the background.

Content project manager Benita Tunks shows community members from Arnhem Land around the Museum’s Open collections, in the First Australians gallery.

Photo: Barbara Paulson.

A woman with a group of people points at objects contained in glass display cabinets.

Magali Melandri, curator for Pacific Arts from the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, visits the National Museum's Mitchell repository with curator David Kaus.

Photo: George Serras

A man and woman examine a large piece of fabric.

Curator and repatriation officer Lee Burgess talking about bush tucker plants on Australia Day.

Photo: Heidi Pritchard.

A man holding a plant standing behind a table covered in various plants.

Jean Barr-Crombie, curator Barbara Paulson and Betty Bunyan at the Dingo Caves on Wankangurru Country north of Birdsville, Queensland.

Photo: Jeff Theys.

Three women standing on a ridge, the moon can be seen in the background.

Curator Jono Lineen with the Torres Strait Islands component of the On Country photographic exhibition, showcasing contemporary Indigenous land and sea management practices across Australia.

Photo: Judith Hickson.

A man stands next to a gallery wall featuring a number of large photographs.

Curator Andy Greenslade with Lockhart River mayor Wayne Butcher, elder Patrick Butcher and a canoe made by Patrick’s father, James Butcher in 1976. The canoe is on loan from the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Queensland.

Photo: George Serras.

Three people with a dugout canoe.

Assistant curator Jeff Theys (right) and Lee Burgess discuss a list of objects under consideration for a forthcoming exhibition.

Photo: Judith Hickson.

Two men sitting at a table talking. A number of papers and books are on the table.