When Britain made chattel slavery illegal in 1833, vast sums were paid to slave owners in recompense. Australians see themselves as standing apart from the sordid history of international slavery, but a portion of that money was used to found Australia’s sugar industry that infamously imported Pacific Islanders as labour.
History revolves around dates and marking time. For governments and community groups, anniversaries and commemorations provide a focus for understanding the past. In this, the first History Matters seminar for 2020, history practitioners will contemplate the highs and lows of anniversaries.
Today’s technologies allow people to use geospatial information in a variety of ways. This talk will explore ways data trapped in paper maps are being transformed into actionable information, how satellite imagery is being used to affect health outcomes, and how historical maps interact with imagery to compare the past with the future.
Australian children’s book publishing flourished in the 1970s and 80s, the period often referred to as ‘the Golden Age’. Join curator Maria Savvidis to learn more about this prolific period and some of the most well-loved and iconic picture book illustrations in our current display Stories in the Sun.
A bi-monthly speaker series hosted by the Indigenous Engagement team. Join leaders in our communities as they shine a spotlight on the fascinating histories, politics and cultural initiatives that continue to shape contemporary Indigenous Australia.
The decorative frames on maps called cartouches were an important cartographic design element from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, and continue to be used on twenty-first century maps. In this talk Chet Van Duzer will discuss the early history and development of cartouches, examine some of their sources, and explain their symbolism of several remarkable cartouches in detail.