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From Makassar to Marege to the Museum

Alison Mercieca, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 7 July 2008

Curator Alison Mercieca tells the story of the Macassan trepang, or sea slug, industry. She considers the places connected by the Macassan voyagers from Indonesia and looks at the archaeological traces left on the Arnhem Land coast.

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archaeology, indigenous, industry, journeys

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Captured in Staffordshire

Rebecca Nason, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 11 June 2008

Curator Rebecca Nason discusses two Staffordshire figurines of nineteenth-century Irish nationalist, parliamentarian and convict William Smith O’Brien. His story is told in the Australian Journeys gallery.

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collection, colonial, crime, journeys, migration, politics

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Outback archive: unorthodox historical records

Dr Darrell Lewis, National Museum of Australia

Historical Interpretation series, 4 June 2008

Historian Darrell Lewis discusses his research on ‘the outback archive,’ unorthodox historical records from pre-European times to the present, concentrating on marked water tanks and trees along the Murranji Track in the Northern Territory.

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agriculture, exploration, journeys, ways of knowing

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Showcases II – examples of material culture research in museums

Matthew Churchward, Dr Ian Coates, Erika Dicker, Karen Schamberger and Craig Wilcox

Collections 2008 series, 30 May 2008

Curators outline examples of material culture research in Australian museums through objects including a wall-hanging crafted in a refugee camp, a military jacket, a wool collection, mining models and Australian Inland Mission Frontier Fête material.

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collection, exhibition, museums

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Showcases I – examples of material culture research in museums

Christine Hansen, Susannah Helman, Matthew Higgins and Alison Mercieca

Collections 2008 series, 30 May 2008

Four National Museum of Australia curators provide examples of material culture research into a boomerang, tools used by Hmong gardeners, a dress worn at the opening of Parliament House in 1927 and objects from the Snowy Hydro-Electric Scheme.

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collection, exhibition, museums

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Viewpoints on material culture

Margaret Anderson, Guy Hansen, Professor Fred Myers and Dr Mike Smith

Collections 2008 series, 30 May 2008

Archaeologist Mike Smith, curator Guy Hansen, historian Margaret Anderson and anthropologist Fred Myers reflect on the way their four different disciplines have approached physical evidence at the 2008 National Museum Collections Symposium.

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collection, museums

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Collections used to interpret the past: panel and audience discussion

Professor Graeme Davison, Professor Paula Hamilton, Philip Jones and Dr Maria Nugent

Collections 2008 series, 30 May 2008

Leading historians reflect on the ways in which collections can be used to interpret the past, and the issues and problems faced in doing so, in wrapping up the National Museum’s Collections 2008 symposium on material histories and objects as sources.

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audiences, collection, exhibition, ways of knowing

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A market for memories: understanding public history at the Mindil Beach site in Darwin

Dr Mickey Dewar

Historical Interpretation series, 27 May 2008

Historian Mickey Dewar talks about her research into Mindil Beach, Darwin and the ways in which a cultural site intersects with a complex community history and memory, as part of her time with the National Museum’s Centre for Historical Research.

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indigenous, memory, museums

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All along the line

William Fox

Historical Interpretation series, 25 May 2008

American writer and scholar William Fox discusses his research into how humans transform land into landscape, terrain into territory, and space into place, during his time as a Visiting Fellow at the National Museum’s Centre for Historical Research.

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adventure, environment, exploration

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Guna Kinne and her Latvian national dress

Karen Schamberger, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 14 May 2008

Curator Karen Schamberger tells the story of Guna Kinne’s Latvian national dress, assembled over a period of 20 years in Latvia, Germany and Australia, and now part of the National Museum’s National Historical Collection.

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collection, domestic, journeys, migration

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