Past NCB events

27
May
2021

Alan Roberts: William Robert Wake

Alan Roberts — Writing the Biography of an 18th Century Church of England Clergyman: William Robert Wake The clergyman William Robert Wake (1755–1830) was not...
29
Apr
2021

Deep Time Dreaming: A Biographical Reflection

In 2018 I published a book on the lives and times of a handful of Australian archaeologists, including John Mulvaney, Isabel McBryde, Rhys Jones and Sylvia...
27
Apr
2021

Ceremonial Lives of the Nation

Ceremony is an important and public aspect of our social and political lives. This panel discussion will explore the history and contemporary significance of...
15
Apr
2021

Roundtable: Linking the Legacies of British Slave-ownership to Australian colonisation

Team discussion incorporating Australian team with UK partners, including Catherine Hall, Keith McClelland and Alan Lester. This talk is part of the Western...
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...

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