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Captain Cook & the Frontier Wars

30 June 2020 @ 1.00 – 2.00 pm


What is the connection between Cook, colonisation and the Frontier Wars?

This session responds to the 250th anniversary of the visit of Lieut James Cook to the east coast of Australia and will explore how First Nations Australians are responding to and would like others to respond to this anniversary.

Many cultural institutions developed exhibitions in response to the 250th anniversary of Cook and the arrival of the Endeavour in 1770. Session panelists will discuss interpretation and story-telling around issues of decolonising museums and understanding histories of colonial dispossession.

What was the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on what was planned to be yet another round of Cook anniversary moments?









Prof John Maynard, Professor Indigenous Education and Research (Indigenous History), University of Newcastle

Professor John Maynard is of the Worimi people of Port Stephens, NSW and the foremost Indigenous historian in Australia. He was awarded a PhD examining the rise of early Aboriginal political activism from the University of Newcastle in 2003.

His books Fight for Liberty and Freedom (shortlisted for the Victorian Premiers History Award), The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe (a highly commended finalist for the prestigious Walkley Award) and Aboriginal Stars of the Turf (Dymocks Readers Choice) have received high acclaim. His research has concentrated on the intersections of Aboriginal political and social history and made significant contributions to the research fields of Aboriginal, race relations and sports history both nationally and internationally. (Image Credit:  TWH Photography)

Dr Mariko Smith, First Nations Assistant Curator, Engagement, Exhibitions & Cultural Connection, Australian Museum

Dr Mariko Smith is a Yuin woman and First Nations Assistant Curator in the EECC branch of the Australian Museum.

Dr Smith focuses on Indigenous community-based cultural resurgence initiatives and incorporating Indigenous ways of knowing into curatorial and artistic practices.

Her academic and professional qualifications include a combined Bachelor degree in Arts and Laws (University of Sydney) conferred in 2005 and 2007 respectively, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (College of Law), Master of Museum Studies (awarded with Merit: University of Sydney), and Doctor of Philosophy from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. (Image source:  Australian Museum)

Dr Stephen Gapps, President of HCNSW, a Curator with the ANMM (Session Chair)

Dr Stephen Gapps is the President of the HCNSW, a Curator with the Australian National Maritime Museum as well as a published author, speaker and professional historian.

His publications include Cabrogal to Fairfield, History of a Multicultural Community (Wakeley, N.S.W. : Fairfield City Council, 2010) which won a 2011 NSW Premier’s History Award and The Sydney wars : conflict in the early colony 1788-1817 (NewSouth Publishing, University of New South Wales Press Ltd, 2018). Stephen is a Conjoint Lecturer in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Newcastle and is currently working on a project about the Wiradjuri Wars of Resistance. (Image Credit:  TWH Photography)

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