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Mutukayi: motor cars and Papunya painting

Vivien Johnson, John Kean, Jeremy Long and Dr Peter Thorley

2 December 2007

The sometimes life-changing, occasionally hilarious and always vital role of the mutukayi – or motor car – in the history of the people of Australia’s Western Desert is explored by an expert panel with firsthand Papunya experience.


art, emily, indigenous


History meets poetry

Dr Margo Neale, Professor Peter Read and Sam Wagan Watson

Historical Imagination series, 4 November 2007

Poet and writer Sam Wagan Watson, historian and Indigenous biographer Peter Read and National Museum curator Margo Neale discuss Indigenous issues and the intersection between historical research and imagination.


art, biography, indigenous, ways of knowing


Creating child-friendly cities: lessons from Monstropolis

Dr Paul Tranter, Australian Defence Force Academy

27 October 2007

Geographer Paul Tranter critiques the movie Monsters, Inc. in an entertaining examination of the serious issue of making cities safe, fun and connective for kids. He suggests changes to urban form and transport, neighbourhood design and social values.


architecture, children, environment, urban


The last man: the making of Andrew Fisher and the Australian Labor Party

Professor David Day

Historical Interpretation series, 25 October 2007

Historian and National Museum Director’s Fellow David Day argues that Australian prime minister Andrew Fisher should be remembered for social reforms and infrastructure projects, not just committing ‘the last man and last shilling’ to the First World War.


biography, politics


Conversation with Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and Sophie Jensen, National Museum of Australia

Eternity series, 14 October 2007

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton recounts events since her daughter Azaria was taken from a tent in Australia’s Northern Territory in 1980. She speaks about the National Museum’s Chamberlain collection and the public’s fascination with the case.


biography, collection, exhibition


Photographer Richard Daintree’s glass plates

Dr Martha Sear, National Museum of Australia

Behind the Scenes – Australian Journeys series, 10 October 2007

A set of ten rare glass plates depicting people and places in north Queensland in the mid-1800s reveal much about pioneering geologist and photographer Richard Daintree and life in the colony, according to curator Martha Sear.


collection, colonial, migration, photography


Nomadic cultures, journeys and coming home

Robyn Davidson and Dr Mike Smith, National Museum of Australia

Historical Interpretation series, 16 September 2007

Adventurer and author Robyn Davidson joins desert archaeologist Mike Smith for a discussion about her travels in Australia, India, China and Tibet, and 30 years since the publication of her Making Tracks book.


adventure, environment, exploration, journeys, memory


Into the desert

Dr Mike Smith, National Museum of Australia

Historical Interpretation series, 5 September 2007

Desert archaeologist Mike Smith on his expedition into the remote southern Simpson Desert in South Australia. Mike recalls the thrill of discovering ancient fossil remains, working with camels and a helicopter rescue for an injured expeditioner.


adventure, archaeology, exploration


Conversation with Jenny Kee

Jenny Kee and Roslyn Russell

Eternity series, 19 August 2007

Fashion designer Jenny Kee, whose story features in the National Museum, explains how her chance survival in the Granville Train Crash in Sydney in 1977 became a catalyst for her art, in a conversation with curator and historian Roslyn Russell.


art, biography


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.


collection, conflict, journeys, migration, music

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