Wednesday 4 September


Donna Biles-Fernando
Meet the Mob Indigenous stories from the Hunter region based on interviews for ABC Radio, Newcastle.
Curator Donna Biles-Fernando shares extracts from 80 stories indigenous community members from the Hunter region shared with Jill Emberson on ABC 1233. Donna is working with the Hunter Writers Centre on a publication based on the interviews.
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Harry Sadler
The Eastern Curlew
Every year around August, large flocks of eastern curlews leave their breeding grounds in the Arctic and embark on a perilous 10,000km journey to the coast of Australia. The birds cannot swim; if they become exhausted and fall into the ocean, they die. But it’s a journey they have taken for tens of thousands of years, tracing invisible flyways in the sky in what is one of the most spectacular mass migrations in the animal kingdom. Following the eastern curlew along its migratory path, award-winning nature writer Harry Saddler explores how these incredible birds have impressed themselves on the cultures of the countries they fly through, the threat to their survival posed by development, and the remarkable ways these birds and humankind may be entwined. The Eastern Curlew is a delightful and vivid portrait of a fascinating natural phenomenon.. Harry Saddler is the author of We Both Know: Ten Stories About Relationships (2005) and Small Moments (2007). In 2014 he was joint-winner of the Melbourne Writers Festival/Blurb Inc ‘Blog-to-Book Challenge’ for his blog Noticing Animals, resulting in his third book Not Birdwatching: Reflections on Noticing Animals. His non-fiction writing about the ecological, physical, and philosophical interactions between humans and animals has been published online at Meanjin and the Wheeler Centre, and in print in The Lifted Brow. He has twice been shortlisted for The Lifted Brow’s Prize for Experimental Non-fiction.
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Cavalcade of History and Fashion A Journey through Childhood
Glimpse into the lives of children who were dressed as miniature replicas of adults and were regarded more as an accessory than a child. See how children’s clothing became more comfortable and allowed greater freedom of movement so children could be children. View clothing, toys and other items worn and used by boys and girls for parties and play in bygone days. Listen to snippets of our social history as told through the lives of the original wearers of these clothes. Includes examples from the collection with commentary and anecdotes during the talk. Items are carried amongst the audience, allowing a closer look at pieces from our collection. Please note clothing is not paraded or worn during a Cavalcade Presentation.
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Nicole Alexander in conversation Karen Crofts
Stone Country Voices - how landscape has informed our culture and arts
BOOK title: Stone Country. Nicole Alexander discusses the events and stories of Stone Country - from the red dirt of South Australia to the buffalo plains of the Northern Territory she uncovered from research that informed her novel. Hear about the annexing of the Northern Territory to South Australia; the League of Nations and the treatment of Indigenous workers on remote stations, and of Asian immigrants to the Northern Territory.
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Friends of the Schoolmasters House
Ash Island: Cycles of change in land use over two centuries
From wilderness to near desolation and back again, why caring for gifts of nature matter. The Friends of the Schoolmasters House Inc present on their work caring for Ash Island and the events that have played out in the past that make Ash Island a globally significant place. The Friends of the Schoolmasters House Inc is a Landcare group with a difference. In addition to the traditional Landcare tasks of planting, weeding, advocacy and communication about our native bushland plants and animals, the group is digitising the library of the Koorangang Wetland Rehabilitation Project.
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Greg Powell
Bushranger Country - Bushrangers in the Hunter
Discover the sites where the action occurred in bushranging times in Lake Macquarie and the Hunter Valley. See weapons, artefacts and clothing of the times and gain an insight into local bushrangers and historic bushranging sites with Greg Powell author of Bushranger Tracks and the soon to be released Bushranger Tracks II: Beyond the Legend.
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