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End of Year Party – launching the Annual History Lecture & Awards Winners

2 December 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT




End of Year Party – launching the Annual History Lecture & Awards Winners

Hosted by the History Council NSW

Please join us on 2 December from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Australian Museum for an in-person end of year cocktail party celebrating the 2021 Annual History Lecture and the HCNSW Annual History Awards.

As a part of the evening, we will announce our Annual History Awards winners, our History Week 2022 theme and toast to the end of the year together and launch the online streaming of ‘Unsettled – In Conversation with Laura McBride and Dr Mariko Smith’, the 2021 Annual History Lecture.

Don’t miss out and reserve your place and join us in an evening of history and good-spirited revelry.

This is a ticketed event and places are limited.

Bookings are essential. Book now!

[Important Note:  Only excerpts of the production will be shown at the Cocktail Party, with the video streaming on our YouTube channel as a concurrent event.]


Image caption: © Australian Museum, Unsettled exhibition 2021. Photographer: Anna Kučera.

Thursday 2 December 2021 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Please book by 24 November 2021 to assist with any dietary requirements.

Laura McBride


Laura McBride is a Wailwan and Kooma woman and Director, First Nations at the Australian Museum. Laura aims to prioritise and amplify First Nations voices so that Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and Pasifika communities represent themselves and their cultures within the Museum. Laura previously held the First Nations Curator, Creative Producer, and Aboriginal Educator roles at the Australian Museum.

Her projects have included the Garrigarrang: Sea Country, GADI, and Unsettled exhibitions, and conducting ground-breaking First Nations community consultation through The 2020 Project. Laura’s academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Double Major in Psychology and Australian Indigenous Studies) from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Aboriginal Education from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Photo Credit: Anna Kučera.

Dr Mariko Smith


Dr Mariko Smith is a Yuin woman with Japanese heritage. Mariko is the First Nations Curator at the Australian Museum, and also an Honorary Associate in the School of Literature, Art & Media at the University of Sydney.

She undertakes an interdisciplinary practice that encompasses museology, contemporary art, visual sociology, research methodology, epistemology, and history. Mariko has worked in the museum and tertiary sectors in Sydney, specialising in Aboriginal cultural heritage, community-based cultural resurgence projects, and incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing into museum and artistic practices.

She initially trained and practised in law, and later completed a Master of Museum Studies and PhD from the University of Sydney. Her doctoral thesis was about Aboriginal tied-bark canoe making practice through cultural resurgence, which was inspired by work done in museums.

Photo Credit: Anna Kučera.


Australian Museum’s ‘UNSETTLED’ Exhibition

Unsettled virtual tour: a 360-degree multi-media experience

You can now virtually visit Unsettled – one of the most significant exhibitions in the Australian Museum’s history. This 360-degree immersive experience showcases the exhibition’s cultural objects, historical documents and contemporary artworks and provides access to label text, audio recordings and other multimedia content on display in the exhibition. There are even introductions to each section from the exhibition curator.

This powerful First Nations-led and -informed exhibition gives an insight into the lived experience of First Nations peoples over the last 250 years.

Available to view on any device plus in VR on a variety of headsets.

Take the tour now and explore this powerful exhibition from home.


Wild Planet Gallery, Australia Museum
1 William Street
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010 Australia
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