Another piece on Bennelong, but here also on Arthur Phillip, comparing their burial sites and posthumous lives. Preliminary work for my next book. Part of my quarterly gig with Inside Story. Click here for the 1500-word essay.
This is a videoed talk I gave at the conclusion of my 2021 fellowship at the National Library of Australia. It presents some of the research I undertook on fellowship to help us revise the biography of Bennelong (c1764-1813). My deep thanks to the excellent audience who showed how important Bennelong's history is to so … Continue reading Revising the Life of Bennelong
During NAIDOC week 2021 I was delighted to be a part of a webinar inspired by my latest Inside Story piece (see below). It was a major honour to talk alongside leading Uluru spokesperson Megan Davis, public lawyer Gabrielle Appleby, and historian Mark McKenna. Davis's unit at UNSW recorded the webinar. It removed the chat … Continue reading Voice, Treaty, Truth webinar
The excellent online mag Inside Story has asked my colleagues in the First Nations and Colonial Histories Centre at ACU to write a monthly column. This was my first contribution - a reflection on what the 'Voice, Treaty, Truth' sequencing in the Uluru Statement means for tellers of history. When the Australian Historical Association met … Continue reading Why does Truth come third?
After some hiatus, I am back with some public writing... This time inspired by my new and fabulous colleague at ACU Kristie Flannery, who has taught me so much already about Filipino history. Here we are comparing the Philippines approach to European incursion in 2021 with that of Australia and New Zealand through 2019-20. "This … Continue reading Thinking about Magellan and Cook
When writing up my Spit chapter in 2016 I took the plunge to reconnect with my old coach, Scott Wilson, for the first time in 20 years ... It has been wonderful to stay in touch ever since. During COVID he had the brilliant idea to create a site for many different kinds of swimming … Continue reading More Reflections
Amidst worsening news in the world, it was nice to talk history for 20 minutes at least. Click here for my interview with Phillip Adams on his ABC Radio Late Night Live Show. #eighteenthcentury #indigenousexperiences #empire
Really enjoyed speaking virtually through COVID with Paul Barclay, Kate Darian Smith and Alison Paige about recent reflections on Cook. Alison was the Indigenous filmmaker for the National Museum during its Cook extravaganza and created amazing work for it - still viewable online. Kate DS has written extensively on Cook commemoration. I was invited to … Continue reading Cook Revisited at SLQ
COVID 19 mostly wrecked havoc on my teaching, research, and everyday life...but the silver linings have been attending international seminars where the borders suddenly don't matter. I was delighted in late May to "attend" a seminar at the University of Kent's new Centre for Indigenous and Settler Colonial Studies. The lead discussant, Sarah Smeed, wrote … Continue reading A seminar on WVA…
Well, this was a highlight—chatting with a pop star I admired hugely back in the day now turned ABC radio host, who I also follow keenly now, Christine Anu. She had me on her 'Black Life, Matters' evening show in May 2020, discussing some of the Indigenous stories to gain some light last week through … Continue reading Chatting with Christine Anu