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Speaker Series: Anna Haebich - The Botanist History Forgot

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Bentley, WA 6102

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Anna Haebich talks about her research into German botanist Johann Preiss, whose collections contributed to early scientific study of WA.

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Many Australian colonial natural history collections are represented in German museums and herbaria, and there are recent initiatives to transform these artefacts of colonial heritage and science back into objects from living cultures with living custodians and their own stories to tell.

In our upcoming Speaker Series, on Tuesday 20 April at 10am, researcher, author and historian, Professor Anna Haebich, will talk about her journey into the work of German botanist, Johann August Ludwig Preiss (1811-1883).

Anna's intervention in this evolving story critiques the role of collectors whose vast collections of flora and fauna from the Colony of Western Australia amassed between 1838 and 1842, fast-tracked European scientific study of this biodiverse region.

Anna will share her journey of research, here and in Germany, and a snapshot of German/Australian initiatives to decolonise these collections.

If you have any special requirements to enable you to participate in this event, please advise when you RSVP. We will contact you to provide assistance. For more information about disability services at Curtin, please visit disability.curtin.edu.au.

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