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Online exhibitions

Mary-Elizabeth Andrews

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Mary-Elizabeth Andrews examines an online exhibition about war brides at the Australian National Maritime Museum. She considers the use of objects, access, technical and moral concerns and how museums can reconnect with communities.

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audiences, collection, conflict, exhibition

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Objects to stories: using thematic studies to develop exhibitions at volunteer museums in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region

Liz Gillroy, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Curator Liz Gillroy discusses the development of exhibitions at volunteer museums in northern New South Wales. She examines methodologies, education, training and support from the wider museum sector.

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collection, exhibition, museums

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Before the badges, before the T-shirts, before the flag

Dr Jay Arthur, National Museum of Australia

Collections 2009 series, 27 March 2009

Curator Jay Arthur on the creation of an exhibition on the struggle for Indigenous civil rights from 1920 to 1970 for the National Museum. She examines the notion of the ‘untold’ story and the challenge in assembling objects to tell this story.

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collection, exhibition, indigenous, politics

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Irish in Australia

Dr Richard Reid, National Museum of Australia and Brendon Kelson

Historical Interpretation series, 15 March 2009

Researcher, author and Irishman Richard Reid and photographer Brendon Kelson examine the role of the Irish in Australia, to be featured in a forthcoming National Museum book, The Scattered Children of St Patrick.

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collection, exhibition, migration, photography

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Introduction to the Creating a Country gallery

Dr Kirsten Wehner, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 11 March 2009

Curator Kirsten Wehner outlines the themes of the new National Museum of Australia gallery, Creating a Country (now Landmarks). It will look broadly at the history of Australia since European colonisation of the continent in the late eighteenth century.

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collection, colonial, exhibition

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Darwin’s experiences in Australia

Professor Frank Nicholas, University of Sydney

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Frank Nicholas from the School of Veterinary Science outlines Charles Darwin’s visit to Australia on the HMS Beagle in 1836. What Darwin saw contributed to the wealth of evidence he assembled from around the world showing that species have evolved.

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darwin, exploration, science

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Social reactions to Origin

Dr Barry Butcher, Deakin University

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Historian Barry Butcher explores the work of four Australians who contributed to the growing corpus of Darwinian science from the 1860s to the 1890s: William Edward Hearn, Robert David Fitzgerald, Walter Baldwin Spencer and Alexander Sutherland.

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darwin, science

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Evolution and creationism

Professor Neil Ormerod, Australian Catholic University

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Theologian Neil Ormerod examines debates over creationism, creation science and intelligent design, and how they muddied the waters of what was held in the Catholic Encyclopedia over 100 years ago regarding the theory of evolution.

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darwin, science, spirituality

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Charles Darwin symposium closing address

Robyn Williams, ABC Radio National

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Science journalist and broadcaster Robyn Williams presents a humorous summary of proceedings from the Charles Darwin symposium.

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darwin, science

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‘A theory to work with’: On The Origin of Species and its contemporary reception

Professor Paul Turnbull, Griffith University

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Historian Paul Turnbull summarises Charles Darwin’s arguments in Origin, its diverse reception in British and European circles from 1860 to 1900, and how the natural history of humanity came to be envisaged in Darwinian terms.

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darwin, science

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