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Guest Lecture: Bruce Pascoe: Agriculture Or Accident?
Sun. 2 April 2017, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm AEST
The popular perception of Aboriginal people living a hunter-gather lifestyle is now being challenged by many historians, academics and writers. Evidence is coming to light showing that the First Australians had complex systems of land maintenance and practiced forms of agriculture and aquaculture. This suggests that Aboriginal people could very well have been the first farmers.
Join Bruce Pascoe as he details his research into early colonial diaries and records. His work indicates that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing – behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer assessment.
Importantly, this lecture will address the underlying agendas that have shaped the narrative regarding Australia’s 60,000 years of history.
Special guest Dr Michael Westaway, archaeologist and biological anthropologist, will join us for this important lecture. Michael will discuss his research and findings from work at both Aboriginal sites and with Australia's megafauna.
Accompanying the talk will be a display of rare grinding stones from the Museum’s collection, never seen before by the public. Additionally, there will be examples of grinding and Aboriginal bread.
2 pm - lecture / panel discussion
3 pm - Q&A
3:20pm - book signing, complimentary drink, collection display