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Karolina Kilian

Karolina Kilian, Assistant Curator

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A Botanical life – a new chapter

By Karolina Kilian
12 Sep 2014
It’s truly serendipitous how the fabrics of our lives sometimes manage to weave themselves into fortuitous little knots of connection,...
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About Karolina

Portrait of Karolina Kilian
Karolina Kilian. Photo: Jason McCarthy.

I first joined the National Museum of Australia in 2007 and helped develop a series of workshops about Pacific Islander museums and collections, as an intern at the Research Centre. I then undertook another internship in the Pacific Cultures section of the Museum of New Zealand: Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.

In 2008, I joined the National Museum's Registration section and soon after, moved to the Curatorial team. Since then, I have helped develop the National Museum’s collections and exhibitions on a range of topics. This includes the fight for Indigenous civil rights, the experiences of Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants, the Irish in Australia and travel across the Australian landscape.

I now look after sections of the Museum’s Landmarks gallery and have a particular interest in the interactions and relationships that exist between humans and non-human species.

Contact

Email karolina.kilian@nma.gov.au
Tel +61 2 6208 5155

Exhibitions and films

Landmarks: People and Places across Australia, permanent exhibition gallery at the National Museum, 2013. Role: ongoing content development and management.

Big objects, permanent exhibition in the Hall of the National Museum, 2012. Role: co-curator, content development and delivery.

'The making of the Tasmanian bark canoe', multimedia for the Big objects exhibition at the National Museum, 2012. Role: concept and content development.

'The divisive Daisy Bates', temporary display at the National Museum, 2012. Role: curator, concept and content development.

Inside: Life in Children’s Homes and Institutions, temporary and travelling exhibition for the National Museum, 2011. Role: co-curator, content development, delivery.

Not Just Ned: A True History of the Irish in Australia, temporary exhibition for the National Museum, 2009-2011. Role: co-curator, content development, delivery. As part of my work on this exhibition, I conducted research trips to Bathurst and Adelaide.

From Little Things Big Things Grow: Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970, temporary and travelling exhibition for the National Museum, 2009. Role: co-curator, content development, delivery.

Australian and Pacific Museums Workshops - 'Pacific Partnerships' and 'Pacific Cultural Heritage in Australian Museums and Galleries: A Regional Dialogue', series of workshops developed by the National Museum, 2007. Role: assisted in development, administration and delivery.

Online features

Martumili Ngurra canvas. Online feature produced for the Big Objects exhibition at the National Museum, 2012.

Saw Doctor's wagon. Online feature produced for the Big Objects exhibition at the National Museum, 2012.

Daisy Bates collection. Collection highlight on the National Museum's website, 2012.

From Little Things Big Things Grow, 1920-1970. Online feature produced for the travelling exhibition of the same name, 2009.

Publications

'A botanical life: Annabella Innes’ diaries and intricate watercolours provide a revealing insight into the lives of the colonial elite in the 1800s', The Museum magazine, issue 4, Sep-Nov 2013.

'Well Travelled: Journey through Australia with treasured objects from the Museum's collection', The Museum magazine, issue 2, Sep-Nov 2013 (co-author with Carol Cooper and Jennifer Wilson).

‘Daisy Bates outfit, 1940s’, The Museum magazine, issue 2, Sep 2012–Feb 2013.

‘Surviving assimilation: We discover Mary Terszak’s inspiring story’, Goree: Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander News from the National Museum of Australia volume 7, issue 1, April 2010 .

‘Body of Culture: Pacific journeys in tattooing and the Museum’, Friends magazine, Volume 20, No 3, September 2009.