Material Histories: Objects at Sea

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The next installment in the seminar series from Deakin University, Australian Catholic University and Old Treasury! ‘Material Histories’ presents new scholarship from a wide range of speakers, all united by their passion for objects! Objects at Sea Luke Keogh: The Wardian Case: Lost at Sea or a Case for Stories? In 1829, the surgeon and amateur […]

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The Teapot in Victoria: Connections in Time

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The teabag may be ubiquitous in contemporary life, but for most of the period from 1840 tea was brewed in a teapot, or in a billy over the fire. Almost every family owned a teapot, and often they owned several, for Victorians were prodigious tea drinkers. So much so, that in 1883 visiting author Richard […]

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In Conversation with Fiona Katauskas, Political Cartoonist of the Year

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Join ‘Behind the Lines 2023’ curator Dr Alex Walton and Political Cartoonist of the Year Fiona Katauskas as they explore the exhibition and Fiona's work from the year that was 2023. Presented as part of the exhibition, ‘Behind the Lines 2023: All Fun and Games’ on display at the Old Treasury Building from 24 March […]

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Material Histories: Fashion in Black and White

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The next installment in the seminar series from Australian Catholic University and Old Treasury! ‘Material Histories’ presents new scholarship from a wide range of speakers, all united by their passion for objects! Fashion in Black and White From the ‘little black dress’ to the ‘classic white shirt’, it seems as if black and white have […]

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Making Public Histories: Behind the scenes: Making history exhibitions

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How do museums create exhibitions about histories? What happens behind the scenes? And what really is the role of an exhibition as a form of history ‘made public’? Making history exhibitions can be a complex task: agreeing on topics, gathering resources, selecting stories and themes, using collections and even leaving space for change. Stakeholders are […]

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Material Histories: Objects of War

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The next installment in the seminar series from Australian Catholic University and Old Treasury! ‘Material Histories’ presents new scholarship from a wide range of speakers, all united by their passion for objects!   Deborah Tout-Smith: Wartime in Melbourne’s Exhibition Building “We would have been better off in tents”, recalled Alan Walton, RAAF, based at Melbourne’s […]

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Men’s Fashion in Melbourne’s Swinging Sixties: The View From a Discotheque

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From around 1966, chic discothèques such as the Thumpin’ Tum, Bertie’s and the Biting Eye catered to Melbourne teens and twenty-somethings keen to experience the swinging sixties. This talk explores the fashions featured at these venues – men’s fashions in particular – captured in intimate photographs taken by Go-Set! magazine photographer Jim Colbert. From neo-Edwardian […]

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A Lifetime of Labour: Kids at Work in Victoria’s Past

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We now expect childhood to be a time of play and learning, but that is a relatively recent development. In the past, many children were expected to work for their keep, and their working lives could begin very early by modern standards. In the country children minded sheep, milked cows and looked after poultry. In […]

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Australia’s Broken Years? Joan Beaumont in conversation with Alistair Thomson

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Historian Joan Beaumont’s books Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War (2013) and Australia’s Great Depression (2022) offer profound reinterpretations of those pivotal events of the early twentieth century. In conversation with Alistair Thomson (Anzac Memories: Living with the Legend, 2013), Joan will reflect on what brought her to the study of the Great War and the Great Depression, […]

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Material Histories: Early Toilets

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The next installment in the seminar series from Australian Catholic University and Old Treasury! ‘Material Histories’ presents new scholarship from a wide range of speakers, all united by their passion for objects!   Sarah Hayes: Toileting early Melbourne: The political landscape and lived reality of chamber pots, cesspits and night pans What made Smellbourne so […]

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