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J. H. Wedge and the problem of ‘humane colonisation’


Taylor, R, J. H. Wedge and the problem of humane colonisation', Inaugural Coral Thomas Fellowship Lecture, 19 October, State Library of NSW, Sydney (2018) [Keynote Presentation]

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Rebe Taylor, Coral Thomas Fellow, will deliver this inaugural lecture on her recent findings at the State Library of NSW. In the early 1830s, surveyor John Helder Wedge collected early south-eastern Aboriginal wooden artefacts from Tasmania and Victoria, now housed in the Saffron Walden Museum in Essex. It has been suggested that Wedge sought the artefacts out of a rare ‘humanitarian’ interest in the Indigenous people. Rebe Taylor’s research in the Library’s collections investigates this idea and wonders: was there a more disturbing aspect to Wedge’s collecting? Following her lecture, Rebe, Mitchell Librarian Richard Neville and Kirsten Thorpe, Manager, Indigenous Services, will lead a Q&A with the audience on the ongoing and challenging questions surrounding Australia’s early frontier history and the collections of Indigenous cultural material in overseas museums.

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Item Type:Keynote Presentation
Keywords:humanitarian governance, Indigenous Australia, colonisation, museums, collections
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Taylor, R (Dr Rebe Taylor)
ID Code:135948
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2019-11-22
Last Modified:2019-11-22

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