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Daniel Oakman and Kirsten Wehner, National Museum of Australia
Curatorial research fellowship series, 21 March 2013
Hubert Opperman (1904-1996), or ‘Oppy’ as he was known, was one of the greatest cyclists of his time. Curator Daniel Oakman reflects on why Opperman became a national hero and how his cycling feats transformed popular understandings of human endurance.
Kerryn Wagg, Carmela Mollica and Michelle Newton-Edwards, National Museum of Australia
Door to store: Caring for your collection, 14 March 2013
Techniques for handling, storing and conserving precious textile objects, with demonstrations based on 1913-era hats and shoes, in conjunction with the exhibition Glorious Days: Australia 1913.
Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, Agnes Shea and Andrew Sayers
Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 6 March 2013
The Governor-General highlighted the role of women in Australia and the importance of Indigenous culture as portrayed in the exhibition as she took a retrospective look at where we have come from in 100 years and where we may go in the next 100 years.
Andrew Sayers and Mark O'Connor
An introduction to the work of pioneering desert archaeologist Dr Mike Smith by Andrew Sayers, Director of the National Museum of Australia, followed by a reading by Mark O’Connor of his poem ‘Desert Archaeology’.
Peter Stanley, Calogero Santoro, Alan Williams, Ingreth McFarlane, John Wilkinson, Jim Bowler, Ann Robb, Isabel McBryde, Marg Friedel, Sue Castrique, Manik Dataar and Dr Mike Smith
Peter Stanley chairs an open mike session as a tribute to Mike Smith. Short contributions were made from Calogero Santoro, a colleague from Chile, other colleagues and students who have worked with Mike, with the day finishing with comments by Mike Smith.
June Ross, John Mulvaney, Barry Cundy, Giles Hamm and Chris Turney
A tribute to pioneering desert archaeologist Dr Mike Smith. Speakers June Ross, John Mulvaney, Barry Cundy, Giles Hamm and Chris Turney reflect on their time teaching and working with Mike, and the developing field of desert archaeology in Australia.
Artist Jo Bertini talks about her portrait of her friend and colleague, desert archaeologist Dr Mike Smith. Jo also outlines Mike’s great passion for desserts, and presents a book of dessert recipes compiled by his friends.
Philip Jones, Peter Veth, Anne McConnell and Dick Kimber
Dr Mike Smith’s former colleagues investigate the layers of Mike’s career, discussing digs through which Mike developed his knowledge of the human past in Australia, and how museums have contributed to mainstream knowledge of desert archaeology.
Artist Mandy Martin reflects on her work with desert archaeologist Dr Mike Smith. Mandy and Mike worked together in multi-disciplinary teams studying the Puritjarra rock shelter in the Northern Territory and Paruku, or Lake Gregory, in north-eastern Australia.
Libby Robin, Jay Arthur, Allan Whiting, Diana James and Tom Griffiths
This session reflected on the speakers’ travels by camels and in four-wheel drives as well as work with Dr Mike Smith in deserts and museums as well as the partnerships Mike formed with artists and Indigenous communities.