Colony: Australia’s Complex Colonial Past

Thu 12 Jul 18, 6.30pm–7.30pm

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Past program

NGV Australia, Federation Square

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Presented concurrently, Colony: Australia 1770–1861 and Colony: Frontier Wars offer two parallel experiences of the settlement of Australia.

How does this complex history continue to impact public conversation and how is it reflected in current events?

Includes an opportunity to view Colony: Australia 1770–1861 and Colony: Frontier Wars from 5.30–6.30pm and 7.30–8.30pm.


Kerrie O’Brien, Senior Writer, The Age


Professor Liz Cameron is Director of the Institute of Koorie Education, Deakin University. Her research interests explore Aboriginal knowledge systems and Indigenous higher education leadership. Professor Cameron has lectured nationally on Indigenous health and education topics, and previously served as National Indigenous Education Ambassador for the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities for four years.

Tony Wright is an associate editor and special writer for Fairfax Media, writing for The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and other publications. Wright has worked as senior writer, foreign affairs and defence correspondent, chief political correspondent and national affairs editor for several Australian publications, and has been a member of the Canberra Press Gallery for 29 years. Wright currently writes daily comment, analysis and sketches, a weekly column, and features for Fairfax Media.

Zena Cumpston is a Barkindji woman who is passionate about all aspects of representation in relation to First Peoples. Cumpston is a researcher and knowledge broker at the Clean Air Urban Landscapes Hub at Melbourne University, working across several projects related to Koorie History, sustainability and ecology. Her work focuses on Aboriginal Visual History, most recently as an assistant curator at the Melbourne Museum as part of its groundbreaking First Peoples exhibition.

Talks and discussions Australia Indigenous Colony NGV Australia, Federation Square