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David Kaus, National Museum of Australia
2 July 2009
National Museum Friends Foundation Fellow David Kaus outlines his research into Aboriginal artefacts and natural history specimens collected by Herbert Basedow between 1903 and 1928 and now held in institutions across Australia.
Siosiua FP Tofua'ipangai
Vaka Moana series, 16 June 2009
Siosiua FP Tofua’ipangai, also know as Lafitani, examines significant Tongan cultural practices, discussing the techniques of tattoos, lashing, house and canoe building over time.
Laina Hall, Peter Lane and Susannah Helman
Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 13 June 2009
Collector Peter Lane and curators Laina Hall and Susannah Helman discuss three stories from the Australian Journeys gallery: the emotional drama of convict tokens, Alexander Mussen’s redemption on the goldfields and Muriel McPhee’s secret trousseau.
Professor Deborah Bird Rose, William Fox, Professor Tom Griffiths, Roger Hillman, Mandy Martin, Kate Rigby, Dr Libby Robin, Professor Will Steffen, Dr Carolyn Strange, Thom Van Dooren
11 June 2009
Fears around global warming are explored through different mediums by a group of artists, poets, dancers, singers, scientists, film makers, historians, creative writers and cultural theorists.
Roslyn Russell, National Museum of Australia
Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 10 June 2009
Curator and historian Roslyn Russell talks about the work of amateur scientists, including astronomer WJ Macdonnell, in the New South Wales coastal town of Port Macquarie, as part of her research for the Creating a Country gallery.
Vince Ford, Hermann Wehner and Dr Kirsten Wehner
Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 30 May 2009
The National Museum’s rare 1883 Grubb refractor telescope, used in early Australian astronomical observing programs and returned to working condition, is discussed by curator Kirsten Wehner, astronomer Vince Ford and astronomical engineer Hermann Wehner.
Professor Geoffrey Blainey, Jackie French, Susan Hall, Dr Maria Nugent and Martin Terry
Historical Interpretation series, 17 May 2009
Leading writers and historians discuss their recent books on Captain James Cook and explore Australia’s continuing fascination with the explorer.
Sue Dove, Coffey Projects
29 April 2009
Sue Dove provides an insight into the design of the National Museum of Australia, discussing the building’s aim and function, the influence of other international buildings, contentious design aspects, and the expression of major Australian themes.
Matthew Higgins, National Museum of Australia
Historical Interpretation series, 15 April 2009
Curator Matthew Higgins talks about his book Rugged Beyond Imagination, which explores how people including stockmen, skiers, scientists and surveyors have shaped and been shaped by the Australian alpine environment.
Dr George Main, National Museum of Australia
Behind the Scenes – Landmarks series, 8 April 2009
The development of the Australian pastoral industry at Bowen Downs in central Queensland, one of four places to be featured in the ‘Never enough grass’ module of the National Museum’s Creating a Country gallery, is outlined by curator George Main.