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Morton's memento? Reading indigenous counter networks in the 'post'-colonial museum


Gleeson, P, Morton's memento? Reading indigenous counter networks in the 'post'-colonial museum, History Australia pp. 1-23. ISSN 1449-0854 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14490854.2022.2088578


This article considers the use of Indigenous counter-networks as a methodology for the research and interpretation of Pacific objects and images in Australian museum collections. A photographic album from the collections of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is used as a case study to demonstrate how historical visual materials may be comparatively analysed alongside written archives to excavate Indigenous networks. The article considers the migration of eleven Queensland South Sea Islander (SSI) men to the Australian Territory of Papua (Papua New Guinea) in 1907. It seeks to reinscribe the album with Indigenous presence and perspective, uncovering traces of SSI movement, resistance, and acculturation to colonial society in response to the White Australia policy in Queensland and Papua in the early twentieth-century

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Indigenous history, visual history, cultural history, Australian history, Pacific history
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Visual cultures
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in Indigenous studies
UTAS Author:Gleeson, P (Ms Paige Gleeson)
ID Code:151438
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2022-07-29
Last Modified:2022-09-20

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