Talking Deadly with Dr Michael Bennett

Last month, the Indigenous Services team hosted the inaugural event in our speaker series Talking Deadly: Indigenous Voices at the Library. The evening was a great success with our first guest speaker Dr Michael Bennett, Senior Historian at NTSCORP, drawing a capacity audience to the Flinders Room on Wednesday 29 March. Dr Bennett spoke about his work on the Pathfinders project, which explores the fascinating histories of NSW Aboriginal trackers.

Trackers played an essential and under-acknowledged role in policing, using their traditional bush knowledge to capture bushrangers, run down cattle thieves and find people lost in the bush. Often they were also skilled horse-breakers. Trackers Alex Riley and Frank Williams worked for over 40 years in the Dubbo region and were just some of the accomplished trackers whose careers and achievements were detailed by Dr Bennett.

A lively Q&A session with the audience finished off the evening, stimulating lots of interesting further discussion on the subject. A huge thank you to Dr Michael Bennett for sharing your research and immense knowledge with us for our very first Talking Deadly!

Please stay tuned for future Talking Deadly events, held bimonthly at the Library. Join leading historians, academics, artists, conservationists and knowledge keepers as they shine a spotlight on the fascinating histories, politics and cultural initiatives that continue to shape contemporary Indigenous Australia.

The next Talking Deadly with Oliver Costello on the Firesticks Initiative will be held on Wednesday 31 May. Book your seat here!


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Dr. Michael Bennet during his Talking Deadly talk at the Library

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