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Sydney Branch: Lives of Stories

19 February 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT

Join us for a talk by Emma Dortins, Sydney-based historian and cultural heritage practitioner.

The Lives of Stories traces three stories of Aboriginal-settler friendships that intersect with the ways in which Australians remember founding national stories, build narratives for cultural revival, and work on reconciliation and self-determination.

These three stories, which are still being told with creativity and commitment by storytellers today, are the story of James Morrill’s adoption by Birri-Gubba people and re-adoption 17 years later into the new colony of Queensland, the story of Bennelong and his relationship with Governor Phillip and the Sydney colonists, and the story of friendship between Wiradjuri leader Windradyne and the Suttor family.

The Lives of Stories reflects on the nature of story as part of our cultural inheritance, and seeks to engage the reader in becoming more conscious of our own effect as history-makers as we retell old stores with new meanings in the present, and pass them on to new generations. In her talk, Emma will discuss the concepts developed in her book, particularly the telling and re-telling of stories across landscapes.

Time: 6 pm Nibbles and Drinks    7 pm Illustrated Talk.

Venue: Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Building, Observatory Hill. Unlimited free parking available at the venue.

Cost: AGHS members $20, non-AGHS members $30, full-time students $5 (student ID card may be required).

Bookings essential. Book at Trybooking.


19 February 2020
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT
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