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Tasmania's Black War: undermining the foundations of terra nullius


Lehman, G, Tasmania's Black War: undermining the foundations of terra nullius, Artlink: Australian Contemporary Art Quarterly, 38, (2) pp. 30-35. ISSN 0727-1239 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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A couple of years ago I quipped to my friend Alec Coles, who had recently taken up the position of CEO at the West Australian Museum, that the spirit of terra nullius lurks beneath the floorboards of every museum and art gallery in Australia. Apparently, he has dined out on this slightly parsimonious comment once or twice since. Alec likes to raise the stakes in discussions with his colleagues about the responsibilities that history demands of them as leaders of major collecting institutions—each with its own problematic legacy in terms of respecting and representing Indigenous culture.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Tasmania, Aborignal, war
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Lehman, G (Professor Gregory Lehman)
ID Code:145912
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Aboriginal Engagement
Deposited On:2021-08-11
Last Modified:2021-08-11

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