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Webcasts showcasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events at the State Library of Queensland.

Murrandoo Yanner: politics and people power

NITV News presenter, Natalie Ahmat yarns with activist and Aboriginal rights champion, Murrandoo Yanner. Experience the passion Yanner has for his people and traditions, of which he has proven to be a staunch force. He is featured in Politics & people power: rule makers and rebels, a part of State Library’s Twenty: two decades of Queensland photography exhibition.

Murrandoo speaks on the importance of capturing community images and recordings, reflecting on his photographic portrait on Country and the many protest images which hold tremendous cultural and educational value to current and future generations. Murrandoo will also share his experience and the stories behind his featured images.

Date: Thursday, 12 November, 2020

Always Was, Always Will Be: the next generation of First Nations changemakers

In conversation with our guest Ruby Wharton and Sasha Purcell-Whaleboat as some of the next generation of First Nations changemakers we discuss the 2020 NAIDOC Week theme: Always Was, Always Will Be.

Date: Monday 9 November, 2020

Venue: Talking Circle, kuril dhagun | Level 1, State Library of Queensland

Yarning with Laurie Nilsen

Bruce Johnson McLean yarns with Laurie Nilsen, a renowned Manadandanji artist who worked closely with 98.9FM throughout its history. Laurie designed the original 98.9FM logo, an easily identifiable symbol for the Aboriginal community of Brisbane and throughout the State during the 1990’s featuring on many family’s vehicles as a bumper sticker. He also designed the cast bronze door handles at the entrance to the station’s main building and resident barbed wire emu, encompassing cultural, political and environmental concerns.

Date: Wednesday 17 July, 2019

Venue: Talking Circle, kuril dhagun | Level 1, State Library of Queensland

A night by the fire with Bob Weatherall

Uncle Bob Weatherall has many decades of being involved in repatriation around Queensland and Australia, culminating in the repatriation of his own tribal ancestors from the Queensland Museum in September 2013.

This is a part of the Remains and repatriation talk series. Diverse conversations about ancestral remains and repatriation as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the discovery of Mungo Man.
The 42,000 year old remains of Mungo Man and Mungo Lady are some of the oldest remains of modern humans found outside of Africa. At the time their discoveries revealed the intricate and complex culture of Aboriginal people, not yet known to the Australian public.

Gain insight into the personal accounts of discovery, exploration, repatriation and community healing from industry professionals, Elders and community members. Each fortnight hear differing perspectives from each speaker in the lead up to our larger discussion forum where we explore the links to the past and how they impact us today.

Date: Tuesday 21 October 2014
Speaker: Bob Weatherall
Venue: Talking Circle, kuril dhagun, Level 1

Olivia Robinson: the energy of engagement

Meaningful engagement with Indigenous people can be powerful, exciting, challenging, and inspiring for libraries, museums, and galleries. Olivia Robinson, Senior Research Officer in Heritage Collections at the State Library of Queensland, will take you on an international exploration to identify some of the most innovative and effective Indigenous engagement strategies being used in Australia and the United States.

The first podcast in an ongoing professional development series delivered through Public and Indigenous Library Services, State Library of Queensland.

 Speaker: Olivia Robinson
 Duration: 1 hr 19:38 minutes
 Date:  10 June 2009


Flash Women

Discover an eclectic, vibrant and stylish collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's favourite fashion pieces in this special exhibition.

When: 1 Nov 2011 -- 24 Feb 2012
Venue: kuril dhagun, level 1, State Library of Queensland


Deepen the Conversation: Transforming Tindale

Explore the history and legacy of Norman Tindale’s anthropological expedition to study Aboriginal Australians in Queensland and Northern NSW communities, and the importance that this collection of records has for family and descendants. Collected under exploitative conditions, years later these records are both a source of contention surrounding the treatment of Aboriginal Australians and a valuable resource for relatives.

Complementing this panel discussion, Vernon Ah Kee will talk on his desire to imbue the Tindale images of his family with new meaning by producing beautiful portraits that capture the unique personalities behind the scientific photographs.

When:Thu 25 Oct 2012
Venue: slq Auditorium 1, level 2


A Night by the Fire with Luke Carroll

After starting his career at a very tender age, Luke Carroll has since gathered a remarkable range of credits and experiences. He has been nominated for three AFI Awards and won Best Actor at POV 2003 for his performance in the Short Film Free. Luke’s vast experience ranges from TV and film in Stone BrosHome and AwayAll SaintsWater Rats, and Heartbreak High, to the stage with his performances in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Belvoir St Theatre and Eora Crossing for The Sydney Festival.
These achievements are just the tip of the iceberg that is Luke Carroll. Listen to his yarns, including stories of his upcoming role in Queensland Theatre Company’s Mother Courage.

Date: Tues 7 May 2013
Venue: Talking Circle, kuril dhagun, Level 1, State Library


Yarnin’ Time with Fred Leone

A song is more than just words to music. It tells a story, creates a journey and takes the listener on a wander through someone's life and history. For our Deadly Brothers, songwriting is also a way of keeping traditions and cultures alive.

This month, yarn up with Fred Leone, front man of Impossible Odds and all-round deadly brother. Share Fred's musical journey from bright-eyed 17 year old rapper to rock star and founder of Indigenous owned and operated record label Impossible Odds Records.

Date: 8 May 2013
Venue: kuril dhagun, State Library of Queensland


Aunty Dawn Daylight is a strong Aboriginal woman with a long story. Join Aunty Dawn as she tells of her connection to the land, her experience of being stolen, and her journey of healing through music and storytelling. This was recorded at Zillmere Community Centre.

kuril dhagun talk series
Date: Sat 12 Oct 2013


Samuel Wagan Watson is an award-winning writer, hailing from honourable ancestors of the Birri-Gubba, Munanjali, Germanic and Gaelic peoples.
Sam reads from selected works from his upcoming publications, Love Poems + Death Threats (a collection of poetry) with University of Queensland Press and Kybosh Beauty, a novella with Vagabond Press.

Date: Tue 4 Mar 2014
Venue: Talking Circle, level 1, State Library


Kaylah Truth is a Brisbane-based Aboriginal hip hop artist who is gaining momentum in the music world.
She launched her debut single in late 2013 and is poised for a long and deadly career.
Kaylah talks about how she uses music as a form of storytelling.

This event is part of the A night by the fire with Aboriginal storytellers event series, including Poetry with Samuel Wagan Watson and Theatre with Paula Nazarski.

Date: 29 April, 2014
Venue: Talking Circle, State Library of Queensland


The evolution of storytelling

Oral history is the oldest form of sharing knowledge and culture, but in our rapidly changing world has this voice been silenced?

Join us for a conversation about the changing role of storytelling in Indigenous Australia, featuring an esteemed panel of storytellers, including: musician Fred Leone (Impossible Odds Records); Writer and comedian Steven Oliver; Indigenous cultural awareness educator Mary Graham (UQ); and actor Tibian Wyles (Black Diggers, QTC).

Each panellist will offer their unique perspective to a discussion spanning topics such as the validity of oral history versus written history, the relevance of modern storytelling, and questioning who our stories really serve.

Date: 27 May 2014
Venue: Auditorium 1, SLQ

This forum is the concluding event of the A night by the fire with Aboriginal storytellers event series, which included Theatre with Paula NazarskiPoetry with Samuel Wagan Watson and Music with Kaylah Tyson

Links to the past forum

The 42,000 year old remains of Mungo Man and Mungo Lady are some of the oldest human remains discovered outside of Africa. Their discoveries in 1974 revealed the intricate and complex cultures of Aboriginal peoples, not yet known to the Australian public.

At the forum, speakers from previous sessions, Dale Kerwin and Leonie Coghill, are joined by Professor Steve Webb and Dr Chelsea Bond to discuss links to the past and how they impact us today.

Professor Webb has undertaken decades of research and work with Aboriginal communities, studying Australian Aboriginal ancestral remains, including those of Mungo Man.

Dr Bond is an Aboriginal (Munanjahli) and South Sea Islander Australian who works as a senior lecturer for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit at The University of Queensland.

Part of the Remains and repatriation series. 

Date: Wednesday 5 November 2014
Speakers: Dr Chelsea Bond, Leonie Coghill, Dale Kerwin, Professor Steve Webb
Venue: Auditorium 1, Level 2, State Library of Queensland

Radio and Reconciliation 

Long serving BIMA 98.9FM staff, Dan Rennie and Karen Dorante, provide an insight into the ongoing contribution that radio makes towards reconciliation efforts for both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, including the station’s own reconciliation journey over the past 25 years.

Date: Wednesday 12 June, 2019 

Venue: Talking Circle, kuril dhagun | Level 1, State Library of Queensland

Growing up 98.9FM

Dan Rennie, Dilany (Tiga) Bayles, Kaava Watson Yarraka and Guyala Bayles share their stories about being part of the 98.9FM family from their perspective and how their childhood helped shape their future career paths in radio and media.

Date: Wednesday 2 October, 2019

Venue: Talking Circle, kuril dhagun | Level 1, State Library of Queensland

A Night by the Fire with Dale Chapman

Dale Chapman is an Indigenous woman born in Dirranbandi, South West Queensland. Dale is a qualified chef and has been working in the food industry for over 30 years, but her passion is in Australian bush tucker.

She widely promotes sustainability through her catering, workshops and bush tucker seminars, and considers traditional food an effective weapon in the fight against heart disease and diabetes.

Date: Tuesday 6 October 2015
Where:  Talking Circle - kuril dhagun, Level 1, State Library of Queensland

A Night by the Fire Forum: Sustainability

Facilitated by Rhianna Patrick from ABC radio, the panel of speakers featured Dale Chapman, qualified chef and Director of DillyBag; Danny Doyle, cultural facilitator specialising in spiritual healing; and Sonja Carmichael, fibre artist and lead artist for Washed Up, a partnership between kuril dhagun and Tangalooma EcoMarines.

With the trends of upcycling, recycling and repurposing sweeping our nation, our panellists discussed whether customary Indigenous methods are relevant in the 20th century, or whether we as humans have evolved past these traditions.

When:Tue 3 Nov 2015

Venue:SLQ Auditorium 2, level 2

A Night by the Fire Forum: Culture through fashion

The final event in the three part conversation series about the relationship between contemporary fashion and Indigenous ideology, knowledge and practices. Fashion can be an avenue for individual expression. As the world of fashion continues to expand, so too does the practice of cultural expression through each woven thread, pattern, bead and adornment.

Featuring previous speakers Arkie Barton and Elisa Jane Carmichael and special guest Grace Lillian Lee,  conversation about the relationship between traditional practices and culture, and contemporary fashion.

Date: Tuesday 31 May 2016
Venue: Auditorium 2, Level 2, State Library of Queensland

A night by the fire: resurgence

Join our panel of speakers Aunty Donna Page, Carol McGregor and Lyndon Davis, in conversation about the resurgence of cultural practices. Share in stories and align yourself with their traditional practices that are creating a pulse in today’s cultural climate.

The event was inspired by Art of the Skins exhibition.

Facilitator: Nadine McDonald-Dowd

Date: Tuesday 23 August 2016
Venue: kuril dhagun, level 1, State Library of Queensland

A Night by the Fire with Indigenous scientist Karlie Noon

Discover the fusion of culture and science as Indigenous scientist Karlie Noon shares her story. 

Karlie is a proud Kamilaroi woman who works for the CSIRO's Indigenous science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) Education Project. 
She is also a presenter, administration assistant and tutor with the Faculty of Science and Information Technology at Newcastle University. 
Karlie is a science and maths graduate who is continuing her studies into astrophysics in 2017. She is also aiming to interlace Indigenous astronomy into her career and future studies. 

This event was in partnership with World Science Festival. 

Date: Thu 23 March 2017
Venue: kuril dhagun, level 1

50 Years and Counting: Keynote speech with Dr Chelsea Bond

The 1967 Referendum changed the Australian constitution, with record breaking ‘yes’ vote to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census for the first time. On the 50th anniversary of the Referendum, join us at SLQ to reflect on its historic and contemporary significance, enjoy inspired talks, and engage in lively conversation.

Dr Chelsea Bond is a Munanjali and South Sea Islander woman and Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit and an affiliate member of UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. Chelsea has almost 20 years’ experience working to improve Indigenous health in the south east Queensland region as a community health worker and health researcher.

Date: Sat 27 May 2017
Venue: SLQ Auditorium, level 2

Our Race to Reconciliation with Dr Anita Heiss 

In the lead up to National Reconciliation Week come along to an intimate chat with award-winning author Dr Anita Heiss to discuss her novel My Australian Story: Our Race to Reconciliation

Date: Thursday 24th May 

Venue: Talking Circle, kuril dhagun | Level 1, State Library of Queensland

The Cherbourg Marching Girls

Get yourself in formation for a night of laughs and storytelling with a team of original Marching Girls from Cherbourg.Discover their trailblazing story through the recollections of Aunty Lesley Williams, as part of the Our Sporting Greats showcase now open in kuril dhagun.

Date: Saturday 16 June, 2018

Venue: Talking Circle, kuril dhagun | Level 1, State Library of Queensland

Designing the Commonwealth Games medals with Delvene Cockatoo-Collins

Quandamooka artist and designer Delvene Cockatoo-Collins talks about her journey and experience designing for the Commonwealth Games. Learn about the people and places woven into the work of this local artist.

Date: Thursday 16 August, 2018

Venue: Talking Circle, kuril dhagun | Level 1, State Library of Queensland

A Night by the Fire: 'supporter of all' with Alethea Beetson

kuril dhagun’s A night by the fire talk series returns for 2015 to raise awareness of the national Recognise campaign and the fight for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian constitution.

Alethea has a background in law, and has also worked previously in Indigenous education, focusing on liaising with Indigenous communities to implement Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content into the curriculum.

Date: Wednesday 22 April, 2015

Venue: kuril dhagun, Level 1, State Library of Queensland