Law Lecture Theatre 1, Grosvenor Crescent, Sandy Bay CampusSummary:
A new annual public lecture from the recipient of the Dick and Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian History.
- Associate Professor Rebe Taylor - Historian, Writer & Senior Research Fellow
2019 Dick and Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian History Lecture
Into the Heart of Tasmania: Journeys in history writing
Associate Professor Rebe Taylor, University of Tasmania
Into the Heart of Tasmania tells the story of English gentleman scientist, Ernest Westlake, who in 1908 collected over 13,000 Aboriginal stone tools across Tasmania and spoke to almost 100 Tasmanian settler and Aboriginal descendants about the Aboriginal past and culture.
In this lecture, Rebe Taylor explores who Westlake was, why he went to Tasmania, and the parallel journey of what it was like to write his story. Rebe will then extend her own story back of how and why she became a historian before considering what might come next in her writing.
About the Speaker
Associate Professor Rebe Taylor is a historian, writer and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania. She has more than 20 years of experience researching and writing the histories of southeast Australian indigenous peoples and European settlement for academic and literary publications, web resources and museum spaces. Her most recent book is Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity, published by Melbourne University Press and winner of the inaugural Dick and Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian History Lecture. She is currently researching an international history of cultural extinction and survival from the 16th century to the present.
About the Lecture
The Dick and Joan Green Family Award has been set up for the establishment of perpetual awards to promote and celebrate Tasmanian history and cultural heritage, and its contribution to the Australian cultural and intellectual life. The first initiative has been to establish the Dick and Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian History - which includes a public lecture by the recipient - in conjunction with the University of Tasmania.
RM (Dick) Green AM was a co-founder and first chairman of the National Trust of Australia Tasmania, senior partner and solicitor at Ritchie & Parker Alfred Green & Co, Mayor of Launceston and Councillor.
Joan Margaret Green OAM was a long-time chair and committee member of various National Trust of Australia (Tasmania) Committees, Tasmanian state representative golfer and active member of the Launceston community.