Locating the Past: Place and Historical Consciousness in Australia

It’s hard to ignore the power of place in Australia’s historical narrative: Botany Bay, Port Arthur, Myall Creek, and Ballarat all resonate in our national historical imagination. Place literally locates our individual and collective historical consciousness in the world around us—family, community and national narratives are bound by the places in which they play out. (Just think of the extraordinary annual pilgrimage to that place, Gallipoli.) But what do Australians actually think about historical places such as these? And how do they place themselves in the past? This lecture draws on interviews with 100 Australians to explore the meaning of place in Australian history, and notes that even the past itself has become a ‘place’ of sorts in our historical consciousness. This lecture is presented by the History Council of Victoria and will be delivered by Dr Anna Clark, author of Private Lives, Public History.

For more information, please visit: www.historycouncilvic.org.au/annual_lecture_2016

Location: Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street, East Melbourne

Cost: $15 includes light refreshments

Enquiry: email info@historycouncilvic.org.au

Region: Melbourne Date: October 20, 2016 Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm