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ACIH Co-Director Lawrie Bamblett writes for Defining Moments exhibition
Adam Goodes, Wikimedia Commons
Tuesday 20 October 2020
Australian Centre for Indigenous History Co-Director Lawrie Bamblett has recently contributed three entries for the National Museum of Australia's Defining Momentsexhibition. Defining Moments is a major digital project that presents a digital timeline consisting of several hundred ‘defining moments’ in Australian history. Lawrie's three entries focused on Adam Goodes, Cathy Freeman, and the Conistan massacre.
Although the entry on Goodes is nominally titled, 'AFL Apology to Adam Goodes', the entry considers a much bigger historical 'moment' that traces Goodes' experiences of racism in the final years of his career in the Australian Football League, as well as the broader context and history of racism in the AFL. In 2014, when Goodes was chosen as Australian of the Year, he commented, ‘If people only remember me for my football, I’ve failed in life.’ The entry on Goodes in the Defining Moments timeline helps realise this hope that Australia will remember him for his stand against racism.
The entries on Cathy Freeman and the Conistan massacre are not available yet.