Archive of past webcasts - Out of the Port

Pack your lunch and join us for the Out of the Port series.  These talks aim to build awareness of our incredibly rich and diverse history and heritage while encouraging dialogue amongst researchers.

State Library of Queensland, John Oxley Library, and the Department of Environmental and Resources Management Heritage Branch come together to present a monthly series of talks promoting new research on Queensland.
The talks are held every third Wednesday of the month in slq Auditorium 2 at our South Bank building.

Language & Landscape: European Words in Aboriginal Spaces

FlagsFor thousands of years the Australian landscape was covered with networks of Indigenous placenames that described and evoked features of the environment. As colonisers swept across the Australian countryside they introduced English names to previously well-known places and landmarks, making it more like their home world. From the Glasshouse Mountains to the Brisbane River, the Great Dividing Range to the Darling Downs, the use of English names rendered the unknown more identifiable to the European settlers, while simultaneously turning the Aboriginal into an artefact and providing the very basis for terra nullius. Join Dale Kerwin as he discusses language and landscape and the impact on the Queensland Indigenous population at this intriguing Out of the Port session. Dale is a proud Goorie from the Worimi Nation in New South Wales. He is committed to furthering knowledge about Aboriginal cultural heritage and inscribing Aboriginal ontology on the body of Australian history.


Speaker: Dale Kerwin
When:  Wed 16 Mar, 12.30pm
Where: slq Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library of Queensland
Duration: 1:08:31 hours
Download audio:  mp3 [64 MB]
Windows media (audio): broadband 

Boggo Road Gaol – a new chapter? with Robert Riddel

Boggo Road gaolWith the closure of what had become the ‘hell hole’ of Queensland’s prison system and infamous for the rioting of its inmates, so began a new chapter. The site was then master planned as a science park, urban housing development and public transport interchange. The former women’s prison of 1903 was preserved intact but after 20 years its future is unresolved. The talk explores the potential of this significant site which contains one of the landmark groups of buildings that defined ‘Victorian’ Brisbane.

Robert Riddel
Robert Riddel is an architect with a background in conservation and adaptive reuse. He has taught architectural history and recorded many of the best built works of our city as well as designing a few of his own. He is a member of the Urban Design Board and a keen advocate for a better Brisbane.

When Wed 17 Nov, 2010.12.30pm
Where slq Auditorium 2, level 2
Duration: 56 mins
Windows media (audio): broadband
Download audio: mp3 [ 55 MB]

Cooks + Books

Reading between the lines of recipes shows how food tastes in Queensland have broadened over more than 150 years. The talk explores the stories behind significant Queensland cookbooks held by the State Library — from early manuscripts in the John Oxley Library to contemporary glossy publications in the Slow Food Library of Gastronomy—to illustrate aspects of our culinary heritage. The cookbooks not only instruct in the preparation of food, but also provide insights into everyday life, promote products, raise funds for particular causes, advocate better nutrition, or extend our cultural horizons.

Family meal No 61736 (PQ)Susan Addison and Judith McKay
Susan and Judith are co-authors of the book A good plain cook: an edible history of Queensland, originally published by Boolarong Publications in 1985 and re-published by the Queensland Museum in 1999. As John Oxley Library Fellows 2009−10, they were able to extend their research and focus on the rich holdings of the State Library.

Susan is a writer and editor. Her ‘elegaic family memoir’ Mother lode: stories of home life and home death (UQP 2001) won the 2002 Steele Rudd Award for best collection of short stories published by an Australian author that year. Judith, an historian and museum consultant, has published widely on Queensland cultural heritage and curated many exhibitions. She is co-author with Don Watson of A directory of Queensland architects to 1940 and Queensland architects of the nineteenth century: a biographical dictionary.

When Wed 18 Aug, 2010. 12.30pm
Where slq Auditorium 2, level 2

Duration:  55 mins

Windows media (audio): broadband
Download audio: mp3 [54 MB]

Illegal immigration: nineteenth century style with Gordon Grimwade

In the late nineteenth century, Chinese overlanders walked over 2000 kilometres from the Darwin area to North Queensland in search of permanent work. Travelling in small groups these unemployed miners and artisans carried limited food and water. Many died en route. They had to avoid hostile Aboriginal attacks and find their way on poorly marked tracks. When they reached Queensland they ran the risk of arrest and six months jail. Some were deported back to Darwin. Others were marched to the border and told to find their own way back.

This presentation provides an overview of the experiences of some of those overlanders, their encounters with the border police and identifies some of the sites relating to an aspect of tropical Australian development that has eluded the history books.

Gordon Grimwade
Gordon has lived and worked in north Australia for many years. His work on Australian Chinese archaeology has ranged from Chinese temples, gold mines and pig roasting ovens to developing displays on Chinese settlement and culture. As the State Library of Queensland’s John Oxley Fellow for 2008 and the recipient of a Northern Territory History Grant Gordon has, more recently, been delving into archival records in Brisbane, Darwin and Adelaide and criss-crossing the northern savanna researching the untold tales of colonial illegal immigration and border police.

When Wed 15 Sep, 2010. 12.30pm
Where slq Auditorium 2, level 2
Duration 1:06 hours

Windows media (audio): broadband
Download audio: mp3 [63 MB]

Photography and Aboriginal identity in south-east Queensland

When looking at photographs of Aboriginal people taken over 100 years ago, the viewer often considers the huge changes to Aboriginal society and the landscape. This is especially true when considering photographs that come from areas such as south east Queensland, an area that is now highly urbanised. Regardless of the change that has occurred to the landscape and to Aboriginal culture, historical photographs have played an important role in enabling Aboriginal people to assert their connection to community and country. Michael Aird discussed the methods he uses to identify people in historical photos.  He also spoke about how Aboriginal community members have played an important role in helping to attach valuable information to these photos.

Aboriginal identityMichael Aird

Michael has worked full-time in the area of Aboriginal cultural heritage since 1985, graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Queensland.  His main interest is urban Aboriginal photographic history, curating several exhibitions as well as being author of several books and articles.  In 1996, he established Keeaira press, an independent publishing house.  For five years, Michael was Curator of Aboriginal Studies at the Queensland Museum and continues to work as a freelance curator and anthropologist.

Speaker: Michael Aird

When:  Wed 21 Jul, 2010. 12.30pm
Where: slq Auditorium 2, level 2
     State Library of Queensland

Duration: 1:06 hour
Download audio:  mp3 [64 MB]

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