In the early 1830s, surveyor John Helder Wedge collected early south-eastern Aboriginal wooden artefacts from Tasmania and Victoria, now housed in the Saffron Walden Museum in Essex. It has been suggested that Wedge sought the artefacts out of a rare ‘humanitarian’ interest in the Indigenous people.
Rebe Taylor’s research in the Library’s collections investigates this idea and wonders: was there a more disturbing aspect to Wedge’s collecting?
Following her lecture, Rebe, Mitchell Librarian Richard Neville and Kirsten Thorpe, Manager, Indigenous Services, will lead a Q&A with the audience on the ongoing and challenging questions surrounding Australia’s early frontier history and the collections of Indigenous cultural material in overseas museums.
When: Thursday 19 October 2017, 5.30-7:00pm.
Where: Gallery Room, Ground Floor, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: Free – RSVP is essential.
Contact: 02 9273 1414
Image courtesy State Library of NSW.