Australia's Big Science Picnic, 1914: Some New Evidence

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Australia's Big Science Picnic, 1914: Some New Evidence

Time: October 22, 2015 from 6pm to 7:30pm
Location: Old Treasury Building
Street: 20 Spring Street,
City/Town: East Melbourne
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Phone: 0418 814 957
Event Type: lecture
Organized By: Margaret Birtley
Latest Activity: Sep 27, 2015

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Professor Lynette Russell, FRHistS, FASSA, of Monash University, delivers the 2015 Annual Lecture of the History Council of Victoria as part of History Week in Victoria.

In 1914 the Australian Government sponsored the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) to travel to Australia for their annual conference. Over 150 scientists travelled on three ships specially commanded for this purpose. Across five major cities public talks, demonstrations and excursions familiarised the visiting scientists with Australian natural and hard sciences, geology, botany as well as anthropology. In terms of anthropology the congress presented a unique opportunity to showcase Aboriginal culture.

This lecture draws on recently uncovered archival materials from Oxford’s Bodleian Library and considers the personalities, logistics, events and outcomes of this massive undertaking.

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