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The dàn tre: a musical migration story

Jennifer Wilson, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 8 August 2007

An original bamboo musical instrument made by Minh Tam Nguyen, a Vietnamese refugee to Australia, illustrates a meeting of European and Asian traditions and a life changed by war, explains curator Jennifer Wilson.

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collection, conflict, journeys, migration, music

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Writing onto public record our stories

Michael Aird, Stephen Hagan, Christine Hansen and Professor Peter Read

Who You Callin’ Urban? forum, 6 July 2007

An exploration of the term ‘urban’, whether it is an appropriate reference for Indigenous people living in Australian cities, and the many ways Indigenous culture is expressed in these environments.

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indigenous, urban

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Who you callin’ urban?

Vernon Ah Kee, Bronwyn Bancroft, Richard Bell, Wesley Enoch and Dr Anita Heiss

Who You Callin’ Urban? forum, 6 July 2007

An examination of the expression of Indigenous culture and identity by a dynamic group of contemporary artists and authors. Explores the impact the ‘art’ movement has had on Indigenous people and how cultural material can be ‘read’ as documentary text.

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art, indigenous, urban

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These are modern dreamtime stories!

Stephen Hagan, Gordon Syron and Sam Wagan Watson

Who You Callin’ Urban? forum, 6 July 2007

The ways the ‘active’ Indigenous voice has changed the representation of Indigenous cultures from urban areas in museums and keeping places is explored by Indigenous artist Gordon Syron, poet Sam Wagan Watson and writer Stephen Hagan.

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art, indigenous, museums, urban

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The natural world as a character

Nicholas Drayson, novelist and Dr Libby Robin, National Museum of Australia

Historical Imagination series, 24 June 2007

Environmental historian Libby Robin and novelist Nicholas Drayson share an interest in nature and the history of science and discovery. They explore the dynamic relationship between historical evidence, recollections and the reconstruction of the past.

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environment, science, ways of knowing

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Ludwig Leichhardt: a loss to science and Australian culture

Professor Henry Nix, Australian National University

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Scientist Henry Nix argues that had explorer Ludwig Leichhardt lived, he could have published the results of his scientific observations and joined the company of peers including Alexander von Humboldt and Charles Darwin.

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darwin, environment, leichhardt, science

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Scientific analysis of the Leichhardt plate

David Hallam, National Museum of Australia

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Conservator David Hallam outlines the metal and corrosion analysis which helped to authenticate the Leichhardt nameplate. The plate is the only known artefact from Ludwig Leichhardt’s lost 1848 Australian expedition with a corroborated provenance.

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conservation, exploration, leichhardt

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Leichhardt panel discussion

Dr Tom Darragh, David Hallam, Matthew Higgins, Professor Rod Home, Dr Philip Jones, Dick Kimber, Dr Darrell Lewis, Dr Susan Martin, Professor Henry Nix and Dr Martin Woods

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Alice Springs historian Dick Kimber proposes an alternative theory for the fate of Ludwig Leichhardt’s expedition, arguing that it was lost in the Simpson Desert, in a closing discussion with earlier symposium speakers.

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exploration, leichhardt, science

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Overview of the National Museum of Australia’s purchase of the Leichhardt nameplate

Matthew Higgins, National Museum of Australia

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Curator Matthew Higgins outlines the work undertaken to establish the authenticity of a small brass nameplate, the first object with a corroborated provenance from explorer Ludwig Leichhardt’s lost 1848 expedition.

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collection, exploration, leichhardt, science

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‘A very tolerable addition’: Leichhardt’s mapping of the Balonne River

Dr Martin Woods, National Library of Australia

Ludwig Leichhardt series, 15 June 2007

Curator Martin Woods examines a rare map drawn by Ludwig Leichhardt. Woods says the map of the Balonne and Condamine rivers in Queensland raised hopes of an expanded Darling Downs farming district and funded Leichhardt’s final journey.

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agriculture, exploration, leichhardt

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