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History Week Talk

Australia = A Colonial Settler Landscape?
The art of the 'Picturesque Atlas'

Join historian Gary Werskey as he discusses the role the Picturesque Atlas of Australasia played in shaping our view of Australia and its history.

Talk overview:

When we think of 'Australia' what do we see? Many might nominate an image closely resembling an Arthur Streeton landscape. How has this image of our land become a national icon? Where does it come from? What view of Australia and its history does it inscribe?

The answers to all these questions can be found by dipping into 'The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia'. Published between 1886 and 1889 it was widely hailed as marking 'the birth of art under the Southern Cross'. This raises a further question: to what extent do we remain colonial settlers in our own country?

This is an official event of History Week 2019, supported by the History Council of NSW via a grant from the NSW Government through Create NSW .


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