Past NCB events

08
Apr
2021

Exhibiting Slavery

Representations — and silences — relating to slavery in exhibition spaces have changed significantly over time. One of the earliest examples was the 1851 Great...
01
Apr
2021

National Biographies and Transnational Lives

National Biographies and Transnational Lives: legacies of British slavery across the empire Britain’s involvement in the slave trade and slavery affected the...
25
Mar
2021

Echoes of slavery in the colonisation of Western Australia’s north

As Western Australia agitated for self-government in the 1880s, its colonists were caught in a dilemma. They needed to show the Colonial Office, which had...
18
Mar
2021

James Stirling, first governor of Western Australia and imperial investor

Admiral James Stirling arrived on Noongar land in 1829 to proclaim it the British colony of Western Australia. Officially, he represented the British...
11
Mar
2021

Pastoralism, Aboriginal labour and the shift towards convict transportation in Western Australia

By the end of the 1830s, the bloody conquest of the Avon valley east of Perth was largely complete. A years-long campaign of state sanctioned violence against...
11
Mar
2021

Idling in Green Places

Idling in Green Places: Or Pinning Down a Naturalist Alec Chisholm (1890-1977) was a self-educated polymath of a kind that has since vanished from Australia’s...
09
Mar
2021

ADB Volume 19 Book Launch

Volume 19 of the Australian Dictionary of Biography contains 680 concise biographies of individuals who died between 1991 and 1995. The first of two volumes...
04
Mar
2021

‘I am not a Kanaka or a N____’

‘I am not a Kanaka or a N____’: slave pasts and kidnapped men in the Pacific Albert Messiah, alias Arthur Fredrick Augustus Plantagenet Messiah, is an enigma...
25
Feb
2021

(Western) Australian Legacies of British Slavery

The celebration of British abolition has overshadowed memories of the country’s long prior history as the world’s leading slave-trading nation. In August 1833...
24
Feb
2021

'Now is the psychological moment'–Earle Page and the imagining of Australia

Earle Page (1880–1961) was Australia’s 11th Prime Minister and served for only 19 days after the death of Joseph Lyons. He was also a surgeon, Country Party...

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