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The wedge collection and the conundrum of humane colonisation

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Taylor, R, The wedge collection and the conundrum of humane colonisation, Meanjin, 76, (4, Summer 2017) pp. 34-55. ISSN 0025-6293 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

The first encounter

Saffron Walden Museum is a place of wonderment. For £2.50 visitors can see an Egyptian mummy, a lock of Napoleon’s hair and Wallace the lion, stilled by his taxidermist since 1838. When I first visited the museum nearly ten years ago, my interest took me up a wooden staircase to a space perhaps less visited. The ‘Worlds of Man’ gallery was filled with indigenous-made artefacts from around the world, many of which had been there for more than 150 years.1 African statues, Hawaiian bark cloths, American tomahawks, and what I had come to see: the wooden Indigenous artefacts collected by surveyor John Helder Wedge at the close of the Tasmanian ‘Black War’ and in the first months of settlement in Victoria in 1835.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Victorian, Tasmanian, New South Wales, Aboriginal history, humanitarianism, archives, collecting, museums
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Heritage
Objective Field:Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage
UTAS Author:Taylor, R (Dr Rebe Taylor)
ID Code:126284
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-06-04
Last Modified:2018-07-26
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