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The Biggest Estate on Earth
Code: 17  |  Type: Conversation   |  Genres: Fashion, , Indigenous, History, Religion & Spirituality
Thursday, May 17 2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 1, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Bill Gammage, Lyndall Ryan (facilitator)
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The received wisdom says the paintings that the early colonialists did of Sydney landscape were an imposition of nostalgia for England on Australia.
This is wrong, according to Bill Gammage. These paintings were a true representation of how Australia looked under Aboriginal stewardship. In a remarkable work of research Gammage has been able to demonstrate that pre-colonisation, Australia’s Aborigines managed the land in a far more scientific and systematic way than has previously been realised. His findings force us to see Australia through completely new eyes. He talks to historian Lyndall Ryan about the implications for our future.

Bill Gammage (Australian)

Bill Gammage is a historian and adjunct professor in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University. He is best known as author of the groundbreaking The Broken Years: Australian soldiers in the Great War. He lives in Canberra.

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Lyndall Ryan (Australian)

Lyndall Ryan is a professor in the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her major publications include The Aboriginal Tasmanians and articles on settler massacres of Aborigines in northern New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria. Her new book, The Tasmanian Aborigines: A history since 1803, reconsiders the historical experiences of the Tasmanian Aborigines in the light of new debates about settler violence and new research that confirms their survival as a modern Aboriginal community today.

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