WWII NMS-AWM Residency 2017

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A Day by Day account of what I learnt and explored

24 April Mon

  • Australian customs very friendly. Seemed more concerned about searching to find plant matter. Cockatoos and kookaburras aplenty.

25 April Tues ANZAC DAY

  • Dawn Service
  • Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islanders Service at Aboriginal Plaque

26 April Wed

  • Tour of the Hall of Memory with Margaret (Maggie). She's 91, we talked about family history and how she traced her father's side down 8 generations, and her mother's side up to the 11th century. I can't even understand what my grandmother is doing.
  • Emily's talk on portraits made during WWI - the difference between character studies (names not included in original title as portrait was to reflect a generic 'type' of everyday soldier) vs named portraits.
  • Discovery of NITV - channel dedicated to stories about indigenous people, by indigenous people. Every program warned that images of dead people might be shown. Read up on Aboriginal avoidance practice and cultural practices
  • Inclusion of the indigenous people is actually a recent development
  • Found out that Australia participates in Eurovision
  • Watched The First Australians Fight Back - John Pilger (BBC 1985)

27 April Thurs

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