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ANU Indigenous Studies staff & students visit the Centre

20 May 2019

Dr Matilda House, with Ken Heffernan, addressing staff & students from the ANU College of the Arts & Society
Dr Matilda House, with Ken Heffernan, addressing staff & students from the ANU College of the Arts & Society

Dr Matilda House, a Ngambri-Ngunnawal elder, hosted a visit to several important local indigenous sites as well as a visit to the Centre on Monday 20th May.
Around 50 students & staff from the ANU College of the Arts & Social Sciences attended. Many of the students are in their first year of a course which focusses on understanding place and space through colonial story telling. The course concentrates on real and diverse stories of everyday experiences to explore the truth of colonisation.
The Dean of the College, Rae Frances, General Manager Matt Talbot and the Convenor of the course, Talia Avrahamzon, joined the group as well as other scholars from the College and several PhD students.

Ken Heffernan, a Centre volunteer who has taken on the responsibility of curating Lyall Gillespie's collection of Indigenous artefacts & printed resources, explained the Centre's collection and the process which has been implemented to identify, catalogue and in some instances display items from the collection. Local Aboriginal Liaison Officers have actively participated in this process, offering invaluable advice and support.


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