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Myall Creek and beyond symposium

The Myall Creek and beyond symposium at the Oorala Aboriginal Centre at the University of New England on Friday 8 June 2018 will include a keynote lecture by leading indigenous historian Bruce Pascoe as well as sessions exploring the national significance of the massacre from historical, legal and cultural perspectives.

Symposium presenters will include Lyndall Ryan from the University of Newcastle; Jane Lydon from University of Western Australia; Peter White from Sydney Living Museums; barrister and author Mark Tedeschi; legal historian Cameron Moore from University of New England; Tasmanian contemporary artist Julie Gough; Yugembeh Museum CEO Rory O’Connor and Dr Fabri Blacklock from UNSW. Speakers will provide a range of perspectives on these events.

Registrations:

  • $100 full registration
  • $50 concession registration (students, pensioners, members Friends of Myall Creek, Members Friends of NERAM Inc.)
  • Members of the local Aboriginal community, UNE students, UNE staff and are able to attend free of charge thanks to the support received from the Oorala Aboriginal Centre at the University of New England. Please register by emailing Tess Cullen at  tcullen6@une.edu.au with your name, contact details and student/staff ID number and/or the community you represent and you will be sent a registration form.

BOOKINGS REQUIRED – Book your registration here

DRAFT PROGRAM:

8.45am 

Registrations

9.15am

Welcome to country

Uncle Steve Widders, Armidale community

Introduction

  • University of New England representative: Professor Annabelle Duncan, Vice Chancellor, UNE
  • Friends of Myall Creek representative:  Keith Munro, Curator – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs, Museum of Contemporary Art and member of National Committee of Friends of Myall Creek Memorial

9.30 – 10.30am  Joint session – Historical and cultural perspectives

Chair:  Associate Professor David Roberts, Editor of the Journal of Australian Colonial History and Chair  of the Heritage Futures Research Centre, University of New England

Presenters:

10.30am Morning Tea

 

11.00am  Keynote speaker  –  Australia’s failure to know its history

Speaker: Professor Bruce Pascoe, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research, UTS and author Dark Emu

 

12.30pm Lunch & Book Launch:

Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre (1838-2018)

Editors: Jane Lydon & Lyndall Ryan, NewSouth Publishing 2018

Launched by Aunty Sue Blacklock

 

1.30 – 2.45pm Joint session : Legal issues and other perspectives – human rights, war crimes and aftermaths

Chair: Dr Marcelle Burns, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, School of Law, University of New England

Session supported by UNE School of Law

Presenters:

2.45 – 3.00pm Performance – David Leha and Quarralia Knox

 

3.00pm Afternoon tea

 

3.30 – 4.30pm Joint session –  Reconciliation & remembrance : the role of arts, memorials and performances

Chair: Dr Lorina Barker, Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities, University of New England

Presenters:

4.30pm Yarning circle

5.00pm Close – bus to NERAM

6.00pm Myall Creek and beyond Exhibition opening at NERAM

Guest speaker: Keith Munro, Curator – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs, Museum of Contemporary Art and member of National Committee of Friends of Myall Creek Memorial

 

The exhibition Myall Creek and beyond is a partnership between the New England Regional Art Museum and the Friends of Myall Creek Memorial and has been supported by Regional Arts NSW through the Regional Arts Fund, the New South Wales Government through Create NSW and the Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts Indigenous Language and Arts Program.

Our thanks also to exhibition sponsor the JNC Group.

Project partners include:

  • Arts North West
  • Armidale and Region Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place
  • Beyond Empathy
  • University of New England
  • Oorala Aboriginal Centre at University of New England
  • Friends of Myall Creek Memorial – Armidale Chapter

 

 

 

 

* please note that Mark Tedeschi QC, Barrister, Former NSW Prosecutor and author Murder at Myall Creek is no longer able to attend the symposium due to court appearance.