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A Rare Pine Needle & Raffia Mat by Marilyne Nicholls

A Rare Pine Needle and Raffia Mat by Marilyne Nicholls

ArtMaterial cultureCollection

16 Nov 2018 Rita Metzenrath

In 2016, AIATSIS acquired a tiny woven object only 16cm in diameter for our Art and Object Collection. Its small size belies the complex story behind its creation.

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Remembrance Day 2018

Postcard sent by Private Daniel ‘Dan’ Cooper to his sister Sally Russell – ‘to my dear sister’, 1917, Jackomos Collection, JACKOMOS.A03.CS-000110193.

War ServiceIndigenous Australians: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peopleBlack DiggersCollection

11 Nov 2018 Rita Metzenrath

AIATSIS pays our respects to Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders who served and died in all wars.

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Keeping our AV cogs turning

Keeping our AV cogs turning

Digitisation

27 Oct 2018 Mark Denbow

Our engineering section archives and maintains the devices and ancillary machines that are needed to play back the sound and vision recorded on the 55,000 hours of video and audio held on magnetic tape in the collection. 

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Torres Strait Island Cultural Festival 1989 - Photographs and film from The Ephraim Bani Collection

 Torres Strait Island Cultural Festival 1989 - Photographs and film from The Ephraim Bani Collection

Torres Strait Islander cultureTorres Strait IslandsDanceCulture

16 Oct 2018 Rita Metzenrath

This post highlights images and footage from the 3rd Torres Strait Cultural Festival (now known as the Winds of Zenadth Festival) photographed by Adhi (Chief) Ephraim Bani in 1989 and held in the AIATSIS Collection.

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Aboriginal Personal Stories of Life in South Australian Homes, Orphanages: The story of Veronica Brodie

Stolen GenerationsOral historyNational Apology

21 Sep 2018 Rita Metzenrath

The Jerry Schwab Collection of sound recordings comprises of nine audiocassettes and transcripts documenting the stories of forced removal and survival of Aboriginal people from different parts of South Australia. One of those is Veronica Brodie's story.

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Digitising the AIATSIS lantern slide collections

Photographic technician Charnel Henaway prepares lantern slides from the AIATSIS Pictorial Collection for digitisation.

DigitisationPhotography

5 Sep 2018 Daniel Walding

Lantern slides are a unique format that was in wide use from the 18th to mid-20th century and allowed glass photographic transparencies to be displayed using a magic lantern projector.

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Following the Franklin: Kim McKenzie and the Tasmanian Film Project

three men on a rubber boat paddling in a river

ArchaeologyHistoryFilm

31 Aug 2018 Kelly Wiltshire

This month marks 35 years since the Federal Government ceased the Hydro-Electric Commission’s construction of a dam on the Franklin River in southwest Tasmania; however, evidence presented during this court case claiming the archaeological significance of Kutikina Cave was neither exceptional nor significant continued to haunt archaeologist Rhys Jones.

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Warupaw uu (The Echo of the Drums)

Portrait of Marau with ceremonial drums

MusicTorres Strait Islander culture

3 Aug 2018 Rita Metzenrath

AIATSIS highlights collection materials that document ways the drum embeds Torres Strait Islander identity and has acted as an agent of musical change in the sacred song repertoire in the Torres Strait Islands. The Collections cover the period 1920s-1995. 

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A Larrakia - Filipino Love Story

Set designs for the Prologue and Act I, Scene 1, Artist and Set Designer: Gary Lee,  pen and ink, MS 5025, Series 3, Item 3, pg 2

MusicCollection

27 Jul 2018 Rita Metzenrath

The Gary Lee collection: ephemera 1991-2012 contains a number of unique items relating to the play ‘Keep Him My Heart: A Larrakia - Filipino Love Story’. These include draft scripts, the original ink set designs, cue sheets and the art work for the promotional poster for the play.

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A response to ‘Aboriginalia and the politics of Aboriginal kitsch’

Man & Women (vases)

CollectionArtefact

15 Jul 2018 Sally Brand, Kerry Reed-Gilbert

A response to Dr. Liz Conor’s The Conversation essay ‘Aboriginalia’ and the politics of Aboriginal kitsch’ by Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Wiradjuri elder and collector of Aboriginalia, with curator Sally Brand.

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