Colonialism and its Aftermath

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

The Baily Diaries

The Baily diaries form part of a significant collection of material relating to Harry Baily a Gallipoli veteran who recorded his observations and experiences in a straightforward manner in his war diaries. These diaries follow his life from joining the forces as a stretcher bearer and training in Tasmania to travelling to Gallipoli. He was evacuated from Gallipoli and ended up working with the Engineers in England for the rest of the war, eventually returning to Tasmania with his new bride.

The Portable Convict Solitary Confinement Box/ Separating Myth From Fact

One of the items currently on display in the convict gallery at TMAG is a portable solitary confinement box. It is popularly assumed that this was employed as a dunking device on outward-bound convict vessels. The successful candidate will be required to place this object within a wider context by making a study of punishment practices on board convict transports. The candidate will also be expected to provide research for the cataloguing and future interpretation of the box.

Corresponding with the family of a lighthouse keeper

James Cumine Parkinson was the lighthouse keeper at the Iron Pot for 13 years from 1874 until he died in 1887. During his life and whilst at the Iron Pot he wrote regular letters to his family back in Ireland. These letters constitute the largest body of letters between Australia and Ireland in the nineteenth century and are held in Ireland. Recently family papers and letters written to James' family in Tasmania after his death have been donated to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. These 11 documents in the context of the Irish material provide an exciting opportunity to explore the correspondence of an Irish migrant and the broader family relationships across the globe.

Artefact Collections

TMAG holds an extensive collection of Aboriginal artefacts and other associated materials. In both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries many individuals and some families contributed to this collection. With the Tasmanian Aboriginal collection as the focal point, the purpose of the project is to provide an overview of the practice of collecting in Tasmania in either the nineteenth or twentieth century, including an exploration of the various motives behind the impetus to collect. In addition to an Honours thesis, it is hoped that this project might also reveal where some of the other Tasmanian collections have gone.

Race and Representation: Nineteenth-Century Artistic Portrayals of Aboriginal Life

TMAG holds many portrayals of Aboriginal people in both drawing and paintings dating from the late eighteenth century. The purpose of this project is to compare and contrast how different artists and drawers perceived and portrayed Aborigines from the late eighteenth century until the mid to late nineteenth century. For example, the project would explore how the early French depictions of Aboriginal life and people contrasted with those of the English artist Robert Dowling (amongst many others), and provide a contextual explanation of any contrasts detected.

Woven Baskets—Function, History and Representation

TMAG has an important collection of woven baskets. Woven baskets continue to be made, collected and exhibited. Far from being objects that conform to an unchanging tradition, these objects display tremendous creativity, and are crafted for different reasons, including the practical and symbolic. This project will examine how and why woven baskets were and are made, and analyse the history and politics of their representation.