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Aboriginal Personal Stories of Life in South Australian Homes, Orphanages: The story of Veronica Brodie

Stolen GenerationsOral historyNational Apology

21 Sep 2018 Rita Metzenrath

The Jerry Schwab Collection of sound recordings comprises of nine audiocassettes and transcripts documenting the stories of forced removal and survival of Aboriginal people from different parts of South Australia. One of those is Veronica Brodie's story.

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Digitising the AIATSIS lantern slide collections

Photographic technician Charnel Henaway prepares lantern slides from the AIATSIS Pictorial Collection for digitisation.

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5 Sep 2018 Daniel Walding

Lantern slides are a unique format that was in wide use from the 18th to mid-20th century and allowed glass photographic transparencies to be displayed using a magic lantern projector.

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Following the Franklin: Kim McKenzie and the Tasmanian Film Project

three men on a rubber boat paddling in a river

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31 Aug 2018 Kelly Wiltshire

This month marks 35 years since the Federal Government ceased the Hydro-Electric Commission’s construction of a dam on the Franklin River in southwest Tasmania; however, evidence presented during this court case claiming the archaeological significance of Kutikina Cave was neither exceptional nor significant continued to haunt archaeologist Rhys Jones.

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Warupaw uu (The Echo of the Drums)

Portrait of Marau with ceremonial drums

MusicTorres Strait Islander culture

3 Aug 2018 Rita Metzenrath

AIATSIS highlights collection materials that document ways the drum embeds Torres Strait Islander identity and has acted as an agent of musical change in the sacred song repertoire in the Torres Strait Islands. The Collections cover the period 1920s-1995. 

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A Larrakia - Filipino Love Story

Set designs for the Prologue and Act I, Scene 1, Artist and Set Designer: Gary Lee,  pen and ink, MS 5025, Series 3, Item 3, pg 2

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27 Jul 2018 Rita Metzenrath

The Gary Lee collection: ephemera 1991-2012 contains a number of unique items relating to the play ‘Keep Him My Heart: A Larrakia - Filipino Love Story’. These include draft scripts, the original ink set designs, cue sheets and the art work for the promotional poster for the play.

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A response to ‘Aboriginalia and the politics of Aboriginal kitsch’

Man & Women (vases)

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15 Jul 2018 Sally Brand, Kerry Reed-Gilbert

A response to Dr. Liz Conor’s The Conversation essay ‘Aboriginalia’ and the politics of Aboriginal kitsch’ by Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Wiradjuri elder and collector of Aboriginalia, with curator Sally Brand.

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Reading Room Display: The Kerry Reed-Gilbert collection

Kerry Reed-Gilbert

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29 Jun 2018 Sally Brand

A new display has opened in the AIATSIS Reading Room featuring Aboriginalia from the Kerry Reed-Gilbert collection.

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Photographing large paintings in the Stanner Room

Nathan Dukes and Colin MacDougall

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19 Jun 2018 Colin MacDougall

Now that four of the largest paintings in the AIATSIS Collection have been digitised, we have extremely detailed, colour accurate digital reproductions preserved for the future. 

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Indigenous Languages in Australian Parliaments

Tyronne Bell, Jai Bell, and Glen Freeman help Malcom Turnbull to give an acknowledgement of country in Ngunawal.

Indigenous languagesLanguageIndigenous Australian LanguagesHistoryResearch

21 May 2018 Jacqueline Battin

As a part of AIATSIS’ Ngunawal Revival Project, we assisted in writing an acknowledgment of country in Ngunawal, which PM Malcom Turnbull has said in Parliament. But on what other occasions have Indigenous Australian languages been used in Parliament?

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Fight for Life: The Father Dixon and the Stuart Case Papers

Pencil drawing of Ceduna Fun Fair layout

CollectionJusticeHistory

14 May 2018 Rita Metzenrath

Sentenced to hang in 1959, Arrernte man Rupert Max Stewart survived 7 stays of execution and ultimately had his conviction commuted to life in prison. The Father Dixon and the Stuart Case Papers provide an insight into how this was achieved.

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