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The National Picture: The Art of Tasmania's Black War

Held on the 23rd Sep 2021

at 5pm to

Add to Calendar 2021-09-23 17:00:00 2021-09-23 18:00:00 Australia/Sydney The National Picture: The Art of Tasmania's Black War 2020 Award Winners, Professor Tim Bonyhady and Greg Lehman, deliver the second Dick and Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian History Lecture. Online
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2020 Award Winners, Professor Tim Bonyhady and Greg Lehman, deliver the second Dick and Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian History Lecture.


  • Professor Tim Bonyhady
  • Professor Greg Lehman

Tim Bonyhady and Greg Lehman's book The National Picture: the art of Tasmania's Black War is the first major publication to interrogate frontier conflict with Aboriginal people in Tasmania through the lens of art history. Colonial representations of Tasmanian Aboriginal people were drawn together for a major touring exhibition of the same name. Among these are some of the most remarkable and contentious expressions of Australian colonial art. The National Picture sheds new light on the under-examined figures in this difficult narrative: colonial artist Benjamin Duterrau, the controversial George Augustus Robinson and the Tasmanian Aboriginal people whose land the British invaded.

In this lecture, the authors reflect on the impact of their work and discuss how being awarded the State’s most significant literary prize, The Dick and Joan Green Family Award for Tasmanian History, has shaped their future works.

Greg and Tim are joined in conversation by Ron Radford AM, who as Director of the National Gallery of Australia from 2004-2014, laid the groundwork for this extraordinary project.

About the Speaker

Professor Tim Bonyhady is one of Australia’s foremost environmental lawyers and cultural historians. Tim has been an advisor to Commonwealth and State inquiries into environmental law and has curated exhibitions for the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, the National Library of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. He is a Professor in the Australian National University's College of Law and Director of the Centre for Law, Arts and the Humanities.

Professor Greg Lehman is a well-known Tasmanian art historian, curator, essayist, poet and commentator on identity and place. Descended from the Trawulwuy people of north east Tasmania, Greg has an intimate relationship with the island’s Indigenous culture and his creative works explore the impact of colonisation on Tasmania’s social fabric. Greg was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor, Aboriginal Leadership at the University of Tasmania in January 2020.

Dr Ron Radford AM is an internationally renowned Australian curator. During a distinguished career, Ron was Director of the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, and was a defining influence on the collections of the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the National Gallery of Australia. During his career, Ron was responsible for the acquisition of over 47,000 works of art and 500 exhibitions. His publications include Tom Roberts, (1996) and Our Country: Australian Federation Landscapes 1900-1914 (2001). Ron is currently working on a new book on the life and work of artist John Glover.

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.