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Title: Conversations in Country : Tiwi and Yirandali Indigenous Australian collections in the British Museum
Author: Clark, Alison
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis reassesses the Tiwi collections made by Jessie Sinclair Litchfield, and the Yirandali collections compiled by Mary Montgomerie Bennett, which are held at the British Museum, in order to understand their place in the history of indigenous settler relations in Australia. Both collections are entangled in the history of Aboriginal and settler relations, and understanding these relations will enable museums to give voice to the multiple dialogues the collections contain. In this way we can renew the significance of these collections for both museums and indigenous communities. Thus my thesis asks how the Litchfield and Bennett collections can be presented within a museum exhibition in the light of the changing face of Aboriginal and settler relations in Australia particularly with reference to the ‘History Wars’, the Native Title Act, the Northern Territory National Emergency Response and the Apology.
Supervisor: Henderson, Ian Robert Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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