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A Trip to the Dominions – The Scientific Event that Changed Australia
October 26, 2021 @ 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
A presentation via zoom by Professor Lynette Russell AM
Tuesday 2 6 October 20 2 1
6.45pm for 7 pm
Please book by phoning: George Fernando 0448 296 258 or emailing – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Professor Lynette Russell AM, FASSA, FAHA is an award-winning Australian historian and Indigenous studies scholar. She is currently a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow at Monash University. She is an elected member of AITSIS, and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia (2013), the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Royal Historical Society, and the Royal Anthropological Institute.
On the eve of the Great War, in 1914, the Australian Federal Government sponsored the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) to travel to Australia for their annual conference. Over 150 scientists were fully funded by the Australian Commonwealth government, and they travelled on three ships especially commanded for this purpose.
In terms of anthropology, the congress presented a unique opportunity to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. The Association, deeply impressed by this, urged the Federal Government to support a chair in anthropology to be based at an Australian university. Other of the Association’s recommendations were to establish a Commonwealth Scientific Institute (later CSIRO) and to develop a national telescope at Mt Stromlo.