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The state of photography in 1913 with historian Helen Ennis

Helen Ennis, Australian National University School of Art

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 25 June 2013

Photographic curator, historian and author Helen Ennis discusses the rise of photography in 1913 and its use by professionals, amateurs, ethnographers and scientific explorers, as well as exploring similarities and differences in 100 years of portraiture.




Role of Australians in Antarctica in 1913

Professor Tom Griffiths, Australian National University, with introduction by Anthea Gunn, National Museum of Australia

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 28 May 2013

Professor Griffiths tells the story of the young Australians who set out to explore the frozen continent in the name of scientific curiosity and how 1913 was an unexpected year. It was a year of trauma and waiting, and of nightmares more than dreams.


adventure, exploration


Door to store: Caring for your photographic collection

Michelle Hetherington, Kerryn Wagg, George Serras, Jason McCarthy and Lisa O'Brien

Door to store: Caring for your collection, 9 May 2013

Learn about the importance of photos in the National Museum’s collection and the best ways for managing, storing and protecting your digital and printed photographs at home.


conservation, photography


‘Part of the Feast’: The life and legacy of Val Plumwood

Gregg Borschmann, Grahame Webb, George Main, Lorraine Shannon, Deborah Bird Rose, Kate Rigby and Kirsten Wehner

7 May 2013

In 1985 the Australian environmental philosopher Val Plumwood was almost killed by a saltwater crocodile as she canoed in Kakadu National Park. This forum talks about Plumwood’s work and how it helps us understand our place in the world.


adventure, biography


Australian art and artists in 1913

Andrew Sayers with introduction by Guy Hansen, National Museum of Australia

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 30 April 2013

This lecture highlights the new directions being explored by important Australian artists around 1913 - many of whom are little-known today - and examines the role of arts and crafts in 1913 society and Australian reactions to new art movements in Europe.


art, indigenous, sculpture


Surveyors at the snowline: surveying the ACT-NSW border 1910-15

Matthew Higgins with introduction by David Arnold

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 12 April 2013

Canberra historian Matthew Higgins tells a story of adventure and discovery by three young men, Percy Sheaffe, Harry Mouat and Freddie Johnston, working in Australia’s rugged mountain country to mark the national capital and its surrounding territory.


Canberra, adventure, heritage, place


Australia’s place in the world - 1913 lecture

Nicholas Brown with introduction by Michelle Hetherington, National Museum of Australia

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 26 March 2013

Historian Dr Nicolas Brown reflects on the emerging world of modernity of Australia in 1913, and the world lost to looming international pressures and the threat of war.


culture, heritage, history


The Human Motor: Sir Hubert Opperman and endurance cycling in Australia

Daniel Oakman and Kirsten Wehner, National Museum of Australia

Cycling in Australia series, 21 March 2013

Hubert Opperman (1904-1996), or ‘Oppy’ as he was known, was one of the greatest cyclists of his time. Curator Daniel Oakman reflects on why Opperman became a national hero and how his cycling feats transformed popular understandings of human endurance.


adventure, sport


Door to store: Caring for your collection of hats and shoes

Kerryn Wagg, Carmela Mollica and Michelle Newton-Edwards, National Museum of Australia

Door to store: Caring for your collection, 14 March 2013

Techniques for handling, storing and conserving precious textile objects, with demonstrations based on 1913-era hats and shoes, in conjunction with the exhibition Glorious Days: Australia 1913.




Glorious Days: Australia 1913 - exhibition opening

Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, Agnes Shea and Andrew Sayers

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 6 March 2013

The Governor-General highlighted the role of women in Australia and the importance of Indigenous culture as portrayed in the exhibition as she took a retrospective look at where we have come from in 100 years and where we may go in the next 100 years.


culture, heritage, history, indigenous, sport

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