Date/Time: Fri 22 Sep / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Philosophical, Historical and International Studies (SoPHIS)
History Program Research Seminars
Re-Presenting the Flinders Island Chronicle
The Flinders Island Chronicle is one of the most important, yet poorly understood, archives in Australian colonial history. Written by two Van Diemen’s Land youths during exile on Flinders Island in 1836-37, it is often hailed as the birth of Indigenous journalism in Australia, yet simultaneously dismissed as either not really the work of its authors, or a mere vehicle for the Christianising mission. A close study reveals that these two most common interpretations arise from a historical gaze which is contaminated by the now discredited, but still influential, myth of Tasmanian racial extinction. Inspired by Greg Dening’s call to re-present the past, this paper will discuss methodologies to challenge traditional narratives and problematic historiographies.
Leonie Stevens was a fiction writer, and the author of six novels, various short fiction, and editor of two anthologies. Inspired by the so-called History Wars, she turned to true stories. Her latest book, ‘Me Write Myself’: The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van Diemen’s Land at Wybalenna, 1832–47, uses texts created by Tasmanian First Nations peoples to challenge traditional narratives of their experience of exile. She is currently a Research Associate with Monash Indigenous Studies Centre.
For more information, please contact Julie Kalman on 9905 2161.
Friday 22nd September
12:00pm – 1:00pm
E561, Menzies Building
20 Chancellors Walk