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‘Counter Currents – Aboriginal men and Women at the Heart of Empire’ by John Maynard, History Council of New South Wales Annual Lecture
3 September 2019 @ 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm
In this Annual History Lecture, Professor John Maynard will explore the significant and largely missed movement of Aboriginal people to Britain from the late eighteenth century through to the twenty first century. Through his lecture he will analyse memory and location in an Aboriginal context, far removed from the Australian experience, providing an Indigenous perspective and insight about these journeys, asking the key questions – Why were they there? What were the differences in experiences of these Aboriginal travelers? Did they come home, and if so, what experiences, memories, observations and understandings did they bring back with them of the lands outside Australia? In the lead up to 2020 and the 250th Anniversary of the arrival of James Cook and the Endeavour, this Annual History Lecture turns our attention toward Aboriginal people at the heart of empire rather than the periphery.