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Charles Darwin symposium welcome and introduction

Craddock Morton, National Museum of Australia

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Museum director Craddock Morton launches a symposium for examining and understanding the life and times of Charles Darwin, the impact of his published work and his scientific legacy. Includes an introduction by ABC Radio National science broadcaster Robyn Williams.

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darwin, science

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Human evolution: fossils surprising, fossils predicted

Professor Colin Groves, Australian National University

Charles Darwin series, 26 February 2009

Archaeologist Colin Groves outlines the fossil history of human evolution. He examines how some parts of the human fossil record appear to depict gradual change, while others seem better interpreted by the model of punctuated equilibria.

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archaeology, darwin, science

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Guna Kinne and Carmelo Mirabelli’s stories

Arturs and Guna Kinne, Carmelo Mirabelli, Karen Schamberger and Sylvie Stern

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 31 January 2009

Guna Kinne and Carmelo Mirabelli’s stories feature in the National Museum’s Australian Journeys gallery. They join curator Karen Schamberger and broadcaster Sylvie Stern in a discussion about their lives in Europe and Australia.

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biography, collection, exhibition, journeys, migration

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Animated conversation with Geoff Pryor

Michael McKernan and Geoff Pryor

13 December 2008

Historian Michael McKernan celebrates the life and work of much admired political cartoonist and Canberra identity Geoff Pryor, who retired after three decades with The Canberra Times.

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art, biography, politics

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Darwin exhibition opening

Dr Barry Jones

Charles Darwin series, 9 December 2008

Writer, lawyer and former science minister Barry Jones opens the Charles Darwin exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.

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darwin, exhibition, science

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History in the baking

Dr Adele Wessell, Southern Cross University

Historical Interpretation series, 30 November 2008

Historian Adele discusses cookbooks as historial resources, drawing on the National Museum’s collection in her time as a Visiting Fellow with the Museum’s Centre for Historical Research.

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collection, domestic, food

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Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time (1942)

David Pereira and Alice Giles

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments, the AE Smith cello, accompanied by harpist Alice Giles.

art, music

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Bach, Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major BWV 1010 (c. 1720)

David Pereira

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953, one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments. Movements played: Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gavottes I and II, and Gigue.

art, music

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Arvo Pärt, Spiegel im Spiegel (1978)

David Pereira

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953, one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments. This piece was originally for violin and piano.

art, music

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David Pereira, Unity is Strength (2008)

David Pereira

AE Smith Instruments collection, 17 November 2008

Renowned Australian cellist David Pereira plays a personal composition on the cello made by AE Smith in Sydney in 1953, one of the National Museum’s most treasured musical instruments. Dedicated to Gabrielle Hyslop and the National Museum.

art, music

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