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Online Premiere of the 2021 Annual History Lecture – ‘Unsettled – In Conversation with Laura McBride and Dr Mariko Smith’

2 December 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT



UNSETTLED – In Conversation with Laura McBride and Dr Mariko Smith

2021 Annual History Lecture

This year, the History Council NSW is proud to present ‘Unsettled – In Conversation with Laura McBride and Dr Mariko Smith’ on Thursday 2 December 2021 at 7:30 pm!

We invite you to join us for this compelling conversation between the Australian Museum’s Unsettled Curators, Laura McBride and Dr Mariko Smith that will premiere online on the History Council NSW YouTube Channel.

In this conversation, Laura and Mariko will take us behind the scenes of this ground-breaking exhibition to reveal more about what motivated this project, how they collaborated with different communities across the country to create and curate this evidence-based truth-telling of Australia’s foundation story.

Don’t miss out and lock the time and date in your calendar!

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to be informed of the Premiere, then watch it anywhere and anytime!

Please note: This will not be shown in its entirety at our Cocktail Party, but be available for all to view on our YouTube channel as it goes live.


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

Thursday 2 December 2021 at 7:30 pm

Streamed on the History Council NSW YouTube Channel.

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.

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