sunday essay: beyond ‘statue shaming’ — grappling with australia’s legacies of slavery

Sunday essay: beyond ‘statue shaming’ — grappling with Australia’s legacies of slavery

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      St Kitts-born Archibald Burt pictured beside sugar cane growing in his Perth garden in 1862. Burt, a former slave owner, became chief justice of Western Australia. State Library of Western Australia 6923B/182 As countries...
will your grandchildren have the chance to visit australia’s sacred trees? only if our sick indifference to aboriginal heritage is cured

Will your grandchildren have the chance to visit Australia’s sacred trees? Only if our...

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  Picture: Shuttlestock Trees have always been a point of conflict between colonisers and Indigenous people. At the very beginning of European-Indigenous interactions, skirmishes broke out because colonisers were ignorant of protocols and the desecration of...
decoding the music masterpieces: liszt’s consolation in d flat — serene sweetness and melancholy

Decoding the music masterpieces: Liszt’s Consolation in D flat — serene sweetness and melancholy

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      Henri Lehmann, portrait of Franz Liszt, 1839. Wikimedia Commons Dreamy, slow-moving and gentle, the D flat Consolation is far from our accepted picture of Liszt, which is often taken from caricatures of his solo recitals:...
listen to older voices: lindsay field – part 1

Listen To Older Voices: Lindsay Field – Part 1

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        This is part 1 of a 3-part Golden Moments repeat program featuring the Life & Times of Baby Boomer and well known Melbourne musician, Lindsay Field. Born in 1950 in New Zealand, Lindsay carefully and...
sunday essay: trees have many stories to tell. is this our last chance to read them?

Sunday essay: trees have many stories to tell. Is this our last chance to...

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  Picture: Unsplash/David Clode As tree scientist, I am fascinated by the magnificent biology of trees. I also find it enthralling and encouraging that trees are being appreciated by writers around the world right now. Three fresh books...
remembering the gold rush era

Remembering the Gold Rush Era

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The 19th century Gold Rush Era defined countries such as South Africa, Australia, United States, and others, profoundly. The culture that was formed after it is still alive and developing further with the aspirations...
listen to older voices: john hanely – part 1

Listen To Older Voices: John Haney – Part 3

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        This is the 3rd and final part of the story of John Hanley.   Born in the Rock and Roll decade of the 1950’s, we have learned that John Hanley came from a talented family and...
sunday essay: rethinking the myth of daphne, a woman who chooses eternal silence over sexual assault

Sunday essay: rethinking the myth of Daphne, a woman who chooses eternal silence over...

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     Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, made between 1622 and 1625. Stefano Chiacchiarini/Shutterstock Ancient Greek myths and folktales are shaping popular culture, from big-budget films to television series to novels. You can even find advice on how to look like a Greek...
major philanthropic gift for ground-breaking national museum discovery centre

Major philanthropic gift for ground-breaking National Museum Discovery Centre

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Tim and Gina Fairfax support children's passion for Australian history and museums Leading Australian philanthropists Mr Tim Fairfax AC and Mrs Gina Fairfax have supported the development of a new dedicated children's play and education...
muma – connecting the world through sculpture

MUMA – Connecting the World through Sculpture

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2021 marks 60 years since the first students came to study at Monash University. It also marks the 60th anniversary of the Monash University Collection, one of Australia's most important collections of post-1960s Australian contemporary...