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Dr Carol Freeman

Carol Freeman

Adjunct Researcher
English

Off-Campus

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Dr Carol Freeman is an Adjunct Researcher in the School of Humanities and author of Paper Tiger: How Pictures Shaped the Thylacine (Forty South, 2014). Her work has connected art, science, literature and history in innovative and provocative ways. She has been interviewed about her research findings in national and local media and continuing debate has been generated by her article “Is This Picture Worth a Thousand Words?” (Australian Zoologist, 2005). Her current work extends these interests in topic and purpose – she is writing on a wide range of subjects for publications aimed at a general audience.

Biography

Carol has a long association with the University of Tasmania. She was employed in the Morris Miller and Royal Society Library in the 1980s and 90s and completed her PhD there in 2004. During the course of her studies she was awarded six prizes in English and History and a University Medal.

From 2003, she was involved in the formation and development of the field of Animal Studies in the humanities as a founding member, committee member and conference organiser for the Australian Animal Studies Group (now the Australasian Animal Studies Association).

She was editor of the internationally distributed Australian Animal Studies News Bulletin from 2008-2013.

Her books include co-edited collection Considering Animals (Ashgate, 2011) and Paper Tiger: How Pictures Shaped the Thylacine (Forty South, 2014) – a revised edition of the Brill publication (2010).

She has published numerous journal articles and chapters in collections such as Leonardo’s Choice (Springer, 2009) and Animal Death (SUP, 2013).

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Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis titleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDFiguring Extinction: Visualising the Thylacine in Zoological and Natural History Works 1808-1936University of TasmaniaAustralia2005
BA (1st Class Hons)Feathering the Text: (Re)reading the Animal in Medieval WritingUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2000

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Member of the Australasian Animal Studies Association
  • International Associate of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies
  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Expert of International Standing 2007-2015

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Expertise

Carol’s primary research has been in the new, interdisciplinary field of Animal Studies. Her work has focused on representations of animals in literature, film, popular culture and wildlife documentaries where she has sought to bridge the gap between scientific approaches to animals and new research in the humanities and social sciences that emphasises human-animal relations.

Her major research explored illustrations of the thylacine (Tasmanian 'tiger') in early published literature, a project that showed how visual images impacted on the extinction of the species. Her work has also involved research on the animal body in medieval writing and the book, ethics in human-animal relations and genetic technologies and animals.

Research Themes

Carol’s primary research aligns with the University’s research themes of Creativity, Culture and Society and Environment, Resources and Sustainability.

Collaboration

Carol has collaborated with UTAS academics Assoc Prof Elizabeth Leane and Dr Yvette Watt on a collection of essays – Considering Animals (2011). Also with Yvette Watt on a book review and with independent scholar Dr Sally Borrell on a symposium paper presented at Animal Death, Sydney University, 2012. She has recently published an article on Tasmanian blue gums with the assistance of UTAS researcher Dr Jules Freeman (School of Biological Sciences) and is currently working on a piece about the UTAS Performing Arts development, The Hedberg, with advice from Terry Lockwood (Built Environment and Development).

Awards

  • 2001 Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 2000 University of Tasmania Medal

Current projects

  • Research for non-fiction articles for Tasmania Forty South: Thylacine sightings – building on previous research; the history of Tasmanian blue gums; the naming of the new UTAS development The Hedberg in Collins Street, Hobart.
  • Architecture and urban planning related to The Hedberg – for a longer article.
  • Current trends in scholarship relating to animal subjectivity, birds and companion animals.
  • Summarizing and editing historical research for a small publication produced by Hobart’s Theatre Royal.

Fields of Research

  • Language, Communication and Culture (209999)
  • Cultural Studies (200299)
  • Communication and Media Studies (200199)
  • Zoology (060899)
  • Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
  • Bioethics (human and animal) (220101)
  • Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
  • Microbiology (060599)
  • Ceramics (091201)
  • Ethical Use of New Technology (e.g. Nanotechnology, Biotechnology) (220103)
  • Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
  • History and Philosophy of Science (incl. Non-historical Philosophy of Science) (220206)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing (199999)
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211)
  • Visual Arts and Crafts (190599)
  • Tourism Marketing (150604)

Research Objectives

  • Environmental Ethics (950403)
  • Understanding Australia's Past (950503)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
  • Cultural Understanding (959999)
  • Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of environments (960899)
  • Languages and Literature (950203)
  • Visual Communication (950205)
  • Environmental Education and Awareness (960703)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Communication (950299)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Bioethics (950401)
  • Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology (970121)
  • Communication Across Languages and Culture (950201)
  • Consumption Patterns, Population Issues and the Environment (960702)
  • Tourism (900399)

Publications

Front cover of Considering Animals by Carol FreemanFront cover of Paper Tiger by Carol FreemanFront cover of Paper Tiger by Carol Freeman

Carol’s work has appeared in a wide range of publications—from books and academic journals, to online exhibitions, catalogues and art magazines and includes articles in zoological and museum journals, animal studies journals and book series.

She has published on topics such as cloning, the politics of picturing animals, the cultural histories of extinct species and ceramic/landscape interactions.

She solely compiled and edited the Australian Animal Studies News Bulletin, a quarterly e-publication that was sent to readers around the world and posted on Animal Studies websites and discussion lists, from 2008 to 2014.

Total publications

66

Journal Article

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Freeman CJ, 'Landscape Seascape Escape Jill Symes', Ceramics: Art and Perception, 87, (2012) pp. 92-95. ISSN 1035-1841 (2012) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2009Freeman CJ, ''On Seeing the Big Picture': A reply to Paddle (2008)', Australian Zoologist, 34, (4) pp. 471-475. ISSN 0067-2238 (2009) [Non Refereed Article]

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2007Freeman CJ, ''In every respect new' European impressions of the thylacine, 1808 - 1855', reCollections: Journal of the National Museum of Australia, 2, (1) EJ ISSN 1833-4946 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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2007Freeman CJ, 'Imaging Extinction: Disclosure and Revision in Photographs of the Thylacine (Tasmanian tiger)', Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies, 15, (3) pp. 241-256. ISSN 1063-1119 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1163/156853007X217186 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3

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2005Freeman CJ, 'Is this picture worth a thousand words? An analysis of Harry Burrell's photograph of a thylacine with a chicken', Australian Zoologist, 33, (1) pp. 1-16. ISSN 0067-2238 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 9

Book

(3 outputs)
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2014Freeman CJ, 'Paper Tiger: How Pictures Shaped the Thylacine', Forty South Publishing, Hobart, pp. 240. ISBN 9780992279172 (2014) [Revision/New Edition]

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2011Freeman CJ, Leane E, Watt YM, 'Considering Animals: Contemporary Case Studies in Human-Animal Relations', Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 252. ISBN 978-1-4094-0013-4 (2011) [Edited Book]

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Co-authors: Leane E; Watt YM

2010Freeman CJ, 'Paper Tiger: A Visual History of the Thylacine', Brill, Leiden, pp. 304 . ISBN 9789004181656 (2010) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(6 outputs)
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2015Freeman C, 'Blurring the Boundaries: Big Cat Diary', Lives Beyond Us: Essays and Poems on the Film Reality of Animals, Sidekick Press, S Manley and K Irving (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 121-143. ISBN 978-1-909560-20-8 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Freeman Carol, 'The Last Image: Julia Leigh's The Hunter as Film', Animal Death, Sydney University Press, Jay Johnston and Fiona Probyn-Rapsey (ed), Australia, pp. 189-204. ISBN 9781743320235 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Freeman C, 'Feathering the Text', Rethinking Chaucerian Beasts, Palgrave Macmillan, C Van Dyke (ed), New York, pp. 33-47. ISBN 978-0-230-33858-6 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Freeman CJ, 'Extinction, representation, agency: The case of the dodo', Considering Animals: Contemporary Studies in Human-Animal Relations, Ashgate, Freeman C, Leane E and Watt Y (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 153-167. ISBN 978-1-4094-0013-4 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2011Leane E, Freeman C, 'Introduction', Considering Animals: Contemporary Studies in Human-Animal Relations, Ashgate, C Freeman, E Leane, Y Watt (ed), Farnham, England, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-1-4094-0013-4 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009Freeman CJ, 'Ending Extinction: The Quagga, the Thylacine, and the 'Smart Human'', Leonardo's Choice:Genetic Technologies and Animals, Springer, Gigliotti, C (ed), Heidelberg, pp. 235-256. ISBN 978-90-481-2478-7 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Freeman CJ, 'David Maynard and Tammy Gordon eds. Tasmanian Tiger: Precious Little Remains', Historical Records of Australian Science, 26 pp. 92-93. (2015) [Review Single Work]

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2015Freeman CJ, Watt YM, 'Georgette Leah Burns and Mandy Paterson eds. Engaging with Animals: Interpretations of a Shared Existence', Animal Studies Journal, 4, (2) pp. 181-188. ISSN 2200-9140 (2015) [Review Single Work]

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2012Freeman C, 'Deborah Bird Rose. Wild Dog Dreaming: Love and Extinction', Humanimalia, 4, (1) (2012) [Review Single Work]

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Conference Publication

(12 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Freeman C, 'Feathering the Text', Minding Animals II Conference, 3-6 July, Utrecht University (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2012Freeman C, Borrell S, 'Mercy Killing: Julia Leigh's The Hunter as Film', Animal Death Symposium, 12-13 July, University of Sydney (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2011Freeman C, 'Feathering the Text', Animals, People - A Shared Environment: 4th Biennial Australian Animal Studies Group Conference, 10-13 July, Griffith University (2011) [Conference Extract]

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2011Freeman C, 'Ending Extinction: The Quagga, the Thylacine and the smart human', Global Animal: An Animal Studies Conference, 7-8 July, University of Wollongong (2011) [Conference Extract]

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2009Freeman C, 'Blurring the Boundaries in Wildlife Docudrama', Global Media Space Panel at Minding Animals Conference, 13-18 July, Civic Precinct, Newcastle (2009) [Conference Extract]

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2007Freeman CJ, 'Curiouser and Curiouser! The Case of the Thylacine in The Naturalists Library', Imperial Curiosity. A conference held at the University of Tasmania 27-29 June 2007, June, Hobart, pp. 25-26. (2007) [Conference Extract]

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2007Freeman CJ, 'Extinction, agency, and representation: The case of the dodo . . . and a word about the devil', Animals and Society II: Considering Animals Handbook, July, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 64-64. (2007) [Conference Extract]

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2006Freeman CJ, 'Tasmania and the thylacine: Wild(er)ness, beer and the ubiquitous souvenir', 'Senses of Place' Conference Handbook, April, Hobart, pp. 50-50. (2006) [Conference Extract]

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2005Freeman CJ, 'The Abject Thylacine: interactions between the real and the representation', Animals & Society: Inaugral Conference of the Animals & Society (Australia) Study Group, July 2005, Crawley, WA, pp. 36-36. (2005) [Conference Extract]

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2004Freeman CJ, 'Figuring Extinction: The First Illustration of a Thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) in a Scientific Work', Cross Fertilisations: Literature, Science and Nature. An Interdisciplinary Conference July 16-18 2004 Programme, July 2004, Chichester, UK, pp. 3-4. (2004) [Conference Extract]

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2004Freeman CJ, 'Figuring Extinction: Disclosure and Revision in Photographs of the Thylacine 1900-1936', Colonialism and Its Aftermath - An Interdisciplinary Conference 23-25 June, 2004 Conference Handbook, June 2004, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 20-20. (2004) [Conference Extract]

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2004Freeman CJ, 'Crying Wolf: Visualising the Thylacine in Zoological Works', School of Geography and Environmental Studies 2004 Conference, October, 2004, Hobart, pp. 5-5. (2004) [Conference Extract]

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Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2007Freeman CJ, 'Imaging the Thylacine from Trap to Laboratory', University of Tasmania, http://www.utas.edu.au/library/exhibitions/, 1 EJ (2007) [Curated Exhibition]

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Other Creative Work

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2011Freeman CJ, 'Reconstructing the Animal', Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, pp. 6 (2011) [Catalogue]

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2003Freeman CJ, Hanks R, 'Rew Hanks Tiger Tales', Legge Gallery, Redfern, NSW, pp. 1-6 (2003) [Catalogue]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2006Freeman CJ, 'Figuring Extinction: Visualising the Thylacine in Zoological and Natural History Works 1808-1936' (2006) [PhD]

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Entry

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Freeman CJ, 'Extinction and Ethical Perspectives', Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, Bekoff, Marc (ed), Santa Barbara, 1: (A-H), pp. 239-243 (2009) [Entry]

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Other Public Output

(32 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Freeman CJ, 'Voices from the Theatre', Tasmania 40 South, Tasmania, 80, pp. 61-67. (2016) [Magazine Article]

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2015Freeman C, 'On the Collector's Shore', Tasmania 40 South, 40 South Pty Ltd, Tasmania, 77, pp. 24-30. (2015) [Magazine Article]

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2014Freeman CJ, Wisbey C, 'Paper Tiger: How Pictures Shaped the Thylacine', Weekends with Chris Wisbey, ABC Radio AM936, Hobart, Tasmania (2014) [Media Interview]

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2014Freeman CJ, Vowles G, 'Eye on the Tiger', TasWeekend, News Limited, Hobart, Tasmania (2014) [Media Interview]

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2013Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, June EJ (2013) [Internal Newsletter]

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2013Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, September EJ (2013) [Internal Newsletter]

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2013Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, December EJ (2013) [Internal Newsletter]

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2013Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, March EJ (2013) [Internal Newsletter]

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2012Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, June EJ (2012) [Internal Newsletter]

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2012Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, March EJ (2012) [Internal Newsletter]

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2012Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, December, pp. 1-12. (2012) [Internal Newsletter]

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2012Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, September EJ (2012) [Internal Newsletter]

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2011Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, March EJ (2011) [Internal Newsletter]

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2011Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, June EJ (2011) [Internal Newsletter]

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2011Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, September EJ (2011) [Internal Newsletter]

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2011Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, December EJ (2011) [Internal Newsletter]

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2010Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, March EJ (2010) [Internal Newsletter]

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2010Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, June EJ (2010) [Internal Newsletter]

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2010Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, September EJ (2010) [Internal Newsletter]

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2010Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, December EJ (2010) [Internal Newsletter]

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2009Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, March EJ (2009) [Internal Newsletter]

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2009Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, September EJ (2009) [Internal Newsletter]

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2009Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, December EJ (2009) [Internal Newsletter]

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2009Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, June EJ (2009) [Internal Newsletter]

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2008Freeman C, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, December EJ (2008) [Internal Newsletter]

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2008Freeman CJ, 'Australian Animal Studies Group News Bulletin', Australian Animal Studies Group, Australia, December (2008) [Internal Newsletter]

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2006Freeman CJ, Bevilacqua S, 'Thylacine not as bad as it's painted', Sunday Tasmanian, Davies Brothers (News Limited), Hobart, August 27 (2006) [Media Interview]

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2005Freeman CJ, 'From Tasmania to Knowsley: John Gould's Thylacines', Stanley Estates Newsletter, Earl of Derby, Liverpool, 17, August (2005) [Internal Newsletter]

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2005Freeman CJ, Beale B, 'Bogus Focus', The Bulletin with Newsweek, ACP Magazines Limited, Sydney, April 5 (2005) [Media Interview]

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2005Freeman CJ, Thomas A, 'Thylacines', Saturday Breakfast with Geraldine Doogue, 985AM ABC Radio National, Hobart, November 12 (2005) [Media Interview]

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2004Freeman CJ, Fitzgerald A, 'PhD student's 'Images of the Thylacine' project', Nights Across Tasmania, ABC Radio AM 936, Hobart, September 6 (2004) [Media Interview]

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2003Freeman CJ, Bevilacqua S, 'An emblem's pounce from the past', The Sunday Tasmanian, Davies Brothers (News Limited), Hobart, September 7 (2003) [Media Interview]

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