Glorious Days: Australia 1913

Programs associated with the Glorious Days: Australia 1913 exhibition.

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‘Adulation, fame and money’: Sport and celebrity in 1913

Dr Guy Hansen, National Library of Australia

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 8 October 2013

In 1913, just like today, Australia loved its sporting heroes. Victor Trumper, Dally Messenger and Snowy Baker were celebrities and entrepreneurs as well as elite athletes who were starting to realise that sporting glory could be financially rewarding.




Women in White Australia

Professor Rae Frances, Monash University

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 24 September 2013

Throughout Australia, the women of 1913 were fighting to have their voices heard. Professor Rae Frances tells their story and outlines how women pursued their dreams of equality between the sexes.


politics, women


Leisure time, 1913

Professor Jill Julius Matthews, Australian National University

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 27 August 2013

Historian Professor Jill Julius Matthews surveys magazines and movies from 1913 to look at how people in Australia spent their leisure time a century ago.


entertainment, leisure, photography, sport


‘Gone to Navy’: Defending Australia, 1913

Dr Peter Stanley, University of New South Wales Canberra, and Dr David Stevens, Sea Power Centre Australia

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 30 July 2013

A lively look at the way Australia gained its navy in 1913, with historians Peter Stanley and David Stevens revealing how the acquisition was much more than just a collection of warships.


history, military, nation


The state of photography in 1913 with historian Helen Ennis

Helen Ennis, Australian National University School of Art

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 25 June 2013

Photographic curator, historian and author Helen Ennis discusses the rise of photography in 1913 and its use by professionals, amateurs, ethnographers and scientific explorers, as well as exploring similarities and differences in 100 years of portraiture.




Role of Australians in Antarctica in 1913

Professor Tom Griffiths, Australian National University, with introduction by Anthea Gunn, National Museum of Australia

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 28 May 2013

Professor Griffiths tells the story of the young Australians who set out to explore the frozen continent in the name of scientific curiosity and how 1913 was an unexpected year. It was a year of trauma and waiting, and of nightmares more than dreams.


adventure, exploration


Australian art and artists in 1913

Andrew Sayers with introduction by Guy Hansen, National Museum of Australia

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 30 April 2013

This lecture highlights the new directions being explored by important Australian artists around 1913 - many of whom are little-known today - and examines the role of arts and crafts in 1913 society and Australian reactions to new art movements in Europe.


art, indigenous, sculpture


Surveyors at the snowline: surveying the ACT-NSW border 1910-15

Matthew Higgins with introduction by David Arnold

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 12 April 2013

Canberra historian Matthew Higgins tells a story of adventure and discovery by three young men, Percy Sheaffe, Harry Mouat and Freddie Johnston, working in Australia’s rugged mountain country to mark the national capital and its surrounding territory.


Canberra, adventure, heritage, place


Australia’s place in the world - 1913 lecture

Nicholas Brown with introduction by Michelle Hetherington, National Museum of Australia

Glorious Days: Australia 1913, 26 March 2013

Historian Dr Nicolas Brown reflects on the emerging world of modernity of Australia in 1913, and the world lost to looming international pressures and the threat of war.


culture, heritage, history


Glorious Days: Australia 1913 - exhibition opening

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.


culture, heritage, history, indigenous, sport

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