One response to “Governor Arthur’s proclamation board”

  1. Linda McHugh

    This is a great source and has inspired as many interpretations as methods of reading. It also encourages students to contemplate what relations were like between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians at various times in history (including prior to European settlement).

    Today and tomorrow we are briefing the Museum’s Visitor Services Hosts on Education programs, providing them with an insight into what we do, how and why we do it.

    We looked at Investigating Sources today and Host Anthony was inspired by the Proclamation Board. He said he would like to see a mirror placed at the bottom of the board so that the Board reads (top to bottom) as a history of where we have been – i.e. all the way through to the end of the proclamation board itself and then through two more mirrored ‘lines’ of murder and punishment. He said that he hoped we were heading in the future to the final two mirrored lines – the handshake and then the harmonious image .

    I thought that was such a wonderful and beautiful idea.