Sunday, 26 June 2016

NAIDOC Week 2016 Morning Tea

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Aboriginal Reference Group Chair, 
Patsy Cameron invites you to join the group for a Morning Tea and special presentation to celebrate

NAIDOC Week 2016
Songlines: The living narrative of our nation

With Guest Speaker Greg Lehman, presenting The Gallery of the First Tasmanians

When     Thursday 7 July 2016, 10.30am
Where    Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
              2 Wellington Street, Launceston

RSVP essential by Tuesday 5 July 2016
T 03 6323 3798  E

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Your RSVP email or phone call will be attended during the hours of 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

 About the guest Speaker: Greg Lehman

Greg is descended from the Trawulwuy people of North East Tasmania. He graduated from the University of Tasmania in 1986 with a BSc in Life Sciences and Geography and completed a thesis on Aboriginal identity and co-operative land management in 1996. Greg worked as a research officer for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and was the inaugural Secretary of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council. He recently completed a Masters in the History of Art and Visual Cultures at the University of Oxford and is currently researching the representation of Tasmanian Aborigines in colonial art as part of a PhD at the UTas. A previous Head of Riawunna, Centre for Aboriginal Education at UTas, he has worked in Aboriginal education and heritage management for over twenty-five years. Greg has been a board member of Skills Tasmania, member and Chair of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s Aboriginal Advisory Council and is currently a member of the National Museum of Australia’s Indigenous Advisory Council. He is a regular contributor of reviews and essays to a number of journals. 

Greg has two children, Neika (27) and Lewan (23) and loves nothing more than ‘being on country with family’.

About the theme NAIDOC Week 2016

Songlines: The living narrative of our nation

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Dreamtime describes a time when the earth, people and animals were created by our ancestral spiritual beings. They created the rivers, lakes, plants, land formations and living creatures.Dreaming tracks crisscross Australia and trace the journeys of our ancestral spirits as they created the land, animals and lores. These dreaming tracks are sometimes called ‘Songlines’ as they record the travels of these ancestral spirits who 'sung' the land into life.

These Songlines are recorded in traditional songs, stories, dance and art. They carry significant spiritual and cultural connection to knowledge, customs, ceremony and Lore of many Aboriginal nations and Torres Strait Islander language groups.
Songlines are intricate maps of land, sea and country. They describe travel and trade routes, the location of waterholes and the presence of food. In many cases, Songlines on the earth are mirrored by sky Songlines, which allowed people to navigate vast distances of this nation and its waters.

The extensive network of Songlines can vary in length from a few kilometres to hundreds of kilometres, crossing through traditional Country of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language groups. For example, the Seven Sisters Songline covers more than half the width of the continent, from deep in the Central Desert out to the West Coast while others connect the Gulf of Carpentaria with the Snowy Mountains near Canberra.
Aboriginal language groups are connected through the sharing of Songlines with each language group responsible for parts of a Songline.

Through songs, art, dance and ceremony, Torres Strait Islanders also maintain creation stories which celebrate their connection to land and sea.  

Songlines have been passed down for thousands of years and are central to the existence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They are imperative to the preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices.

From left, QVMAG Director Richard Mulvaney, Patsy Cameron and Greg Lehman. From

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Invitation to a Book Launch 'The Power of Purpose'

Burnie Regional Museum hope you can join them for a very special event…

The launch of The Power of Purpose
by the museum's founder Peter Mercer
More than 70 years of the Museum’s history! 

6pm Wednesday 22 June 2016

Burnie Regional Museum
Little Alexander St
P: 64305746

 Peter Mercer (OAM, AMAA) and author
Limited edition signed copies will be available for purchase

on the night, $105 from the Museum Gift Shop

This book is a long awaited arrival of a very exciting book for the region and Tasmania.

About Burnie Regional Museum

The Burnie Regional Museum’s collections represent the history of Burnie and the surrounding North West region, from the time the first Europeans ventured out from Port Sorell in the mid-1820’s to explore the wilderness of the North West to the present day.
The Burnie Regional Museum’s main attraction is the Federation Street, where visitors can glimpse what life was like in 1900 when Burnie was a bustling town of 1500 people at the height of its first economic boom.
The Burnie Regional Museum was founded by Peter Mercer (OAM, AMAA) with objects from his private museum collection that he had been gathering since 1942. It opened its doors to the public in 1971, as the Pioneer Village Museum. In 2011 it was rebranded as the Burnie Regional Museum to better reflect the breadth of its collections. It is now the major cultural heritage institution in North West Tasmania and holds the third largest collection in the state.