Hobart: Gateway to southern lands

Jan 7th, 2022 | Dr Estelle Lazer

As we proceeded down the river Hobart looked its best, with the glancing sails of pleasure craft skimming near the foreshores and backed by the sombre mass of Mount Wellington ……Behind lay a sparkling sea-scape and the Tasmanian littoral; before, the blue southern ocean heaving with an ominous swell. Douglas...

Bruny Island: a beautiful destination with a dark past

Oct 27th, 2021 | Dr Estelle Lazer

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this blog article contains the name and image of a deceased person. Bruny Island has always been spectacular.  Before European colonisation, it was home to the Nueonne clan who knew the island as Lunawanna Alonnah. The island was rich in...

In Canberra for Botticelli to Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Australia

Apr 13th, 2021 | Dr Kathleen Olive

In Canberra for Botticelli to Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Australia George Salting, born in 1835, was known to fellow students at Sydney Grammar School as a somewhat eccentric Classics scholar. When his Danish-Australian family moved to England, George developed an interest in European painting and embarked on...

The 1%: African American artists in US institutions

Oct 2nd, 2020 | Dr Nick Gordon

In 2018 Amy Sherald’s Portrait of Michelle Obama and Kehinde Wiley’s Portrait of Barack Obama were unveiled at The National Portrait Gallery. The museum contains 23,000 works in its collections, from the official portraits of presidents to the great men and women of the arts, sciences and public life in...

A visit to Lenin’s Mausoleum in Red Square

Aug 21st, 2020 | Dr Michael Adcock

Moscow held one more treat for me. Paula had very strategically and considerately pointed out that there was a last small window of opportunity in which to sprint over to Red Square to visit Lenin’s tomb in the first hour of opening, just before our bus was due to depart...


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