Inaugural Coral Thomas Fellowship Lecture

Past Event

Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 5:30pm to 7pm

Rebe Taylor, Coral Thomas Fellow, will deliver the inaugural lecture on her recent findings. In the early 1830s, surveyor John Helder Wedge collected early south-eastern Aboriginal wooden artefacts from Tasmania and Victoria, now housed in the Saffron Walden Museum in Essex. It has been suggested that Wedge sought the artefacts out of a rare ‘humanitarian’ interest in the Indigenous people.

Rebe Taylor's research in the Library's collections investigates this idea and wonders: was there a more disturbing aspect to Wedge's collecting?

Following her lecture, Rebe, Mitchell Librarian Richard Neville and Kirsten Thorpe, Manager, Indigenous Services, will lead a Q&A with the audience on the ongoing and challenging questions surrounding Australia’s early frontier history and the collections of Indigenous cultural material in overseas museums.

  • 5.30pm Drinks on Arrival
  • 6.00pm Lecture 
  • 7.00pm Event Concludes


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