Claiming Space in Australian History: People with Disability
With Breda Carty
People with disability are curiously absent from accounts of Australian history, but they have had a wide range of life experiences and social relations. Their stories reveal much about how social attitudes have evolved and provide a useful lens for exploring the complexity and resilience of social systems in various times and places. Recovering their voices can offer interesting challenges to the historian in reading institutional records against the grain. This presentation will explore some of the many direct and indirect records of the lives of people with disability in the Library’s collections.
Dr Breda Carty was the State Library's C. H. Currey Fellow during 2017. Her research focused on the lives of people with disability during the 19th and 20th centuries, using materials in the State Library's collections. Her book Managing Their Own Affairs: The Australian Deaf Community During the 1920s and 1930s was published in December 2017.
Image: From the Wrench family photographs, scrapbook and autobiography of James Thomas Wrench
This event will be accompanied by two Auslan Interpreters and will be live captioned.