When: 4.00pm-5.00pm (AEDT), Thursday 18th November
John Mulvaney Fellowship Recipients 2020/2021
Dr Carol McGregor
Carol McGregor is of Wadawurrung, (Kulin Nation) and Scottish descent and works with multimedia including ephemeral natural fibres, paint, clay, metal, and paper. Her studio-based research rationale is a desire to unearth and to visually activate histories and memories to further inform an Australian Aboriginal sense of belonging. McGregor’s recent art practice revives the traditional possum skin cloak as an art form and a way to strengthen community and individual identities. With her practice McGregor has worked extensively with Indigenous communities facilitating workshops, teaching and sharing the knowledge and skills around possum skin cloak making. McGregor has exhibited widely and her work features in national and international collections. She is currently the Program leader of the Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art unit at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
Zoe is a Pakana (Tasmanian Aboriginal) community member from a large extended family from Flinders and Cape Barren Island, with Ancestral connections to the northeast coast of Lutruwita/Tasmania. Zoe has grown up connected to her community, country and culture, and has learnt the cultural skills of basket making and shell stringing from her Elders – traditions she is now passing on to her own daughter, 10year old Eve. Zoe also loves to travel and explore new places and cultures.
Zoe started her career as a Trainee at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) and has now worked in the museum and cultural heritage management sector for the past 18 years. She is currently the Senior Curator of First Peoples Art and Culture at TMAG and in 2019 was awarded a Senior Indigenous Research Scholarship at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Zoe’s PhD candidature at UTAS follows on from her work in repatriation and First Nations museology. From 2008-2010 Zoe took some time out from TMAG to work for Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania to diversify her experience across Aboriginal heritage management and protection of in situ cultural heritage and landscapes and to gain skills in policy and government administration.
Crawford Medal Recipients 2020/2021
Dr Billy Griffiths
Dr Billy Griffiths is a historian and lecturer in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne. His latest book, Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia (Black Inc., 2018), won the Ernest Scott Prize, the Felicia A. Holton Book Award, the John Mulvaney Book Award, the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction and the 2019 Book of the Year at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. He is also the author of The China Breakthrough: Whitlam in the Middle Kingdom, 1971 (Monash University Publishing, 2012) and co-editor with Mike Smith of The Australian Archaeologist’s Book of Quotations (Monash University Publishing, 2015). He received the 2020 Max Crawford Medal from the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
Dr André Brett
Dr André Brett is a historian of Australia and New Zealand. His research encompasses political, environmental, economic, and transport themes. His many publications include four books, most recently Can’t Get There from Here: New Zealand Passenger Rail since 1920 (Otago University Press), currently available for preorder. He will be Lecturer of History at Curtin University from 2022, having recently held fellowships at the University of Wollongong and the National Library of Australia. He is currently researching two projects on colonial Australia, the environmental history of railways and territorial separation movements.
Medal for Excellence in Translation Recipient 2020
Penny Hueston’s translations from French include novels by Emmanuelle Pagano (One Day I’ll Tell You Everything), Patrick Modiano (Little Jewel), Sarah Cohen-Scali (Max) and Raphaël Jerusalmy (Evacuation). She has translated six books by Marie Darrieussecq—All the Way, Men, Being Here: The Life of Paula Modersohn-Becker, Our Life in the Forest, The Baby, and Crossed Lines. She has been shortlisted for the JQ-Wingate Prize, the Scott Moncrief Prize, and twice for the New South Wales Premier’s Translation Prize. She was the winner of the 2020 Medal for Excellence in Translation.