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Talk ‘Re-Living the Early Days’: Memory, childhood and self-indigenisation in Hotham/North Melbourne – by Fiona Gatt

August 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Hotham History Project invites you to a talk on ‘Re-Living the Early Days’: Memory, childhood and self-indigenisation in Hotham/North Melbourne – by Fiona Gatt, Historian, academic & PhD candidate, Deakin University.

This talk will analyse an archive of letters, written in 1934–5 during the centenary celebrations of Melbourne, by adults who were children in the 1860s and 70s in Hotham.

Through these letters we can uncover a narrative of self-indigenisation of the settler residents, that is their positioning of white colonial-born children of Hotham as natural inhabitants of the area.

Several themes in the letters evidence this narrative: conquering the space through play; local personalities positioned in the settler space; pride in key colonial moments; positioning First Nations people as wandering fringe-dwellers; and claims of colonial childhood as ‘original’ or ‘native’ to the area.

This talk offers the opportunity to engage with an appreciation of how the literal and symbolic building of Hotham/North Melbourne was/is embedded in the attempted erasure of its Traditional Owners.

Date: 3rd August 2022.

Time: 7:30pm.

Location: Dewey common room, Henry Bastow Institute, Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, 603 – 615 Queensberry St, North Melbourne 3051. Enter via Union Street side door. Public parking available on the streets surrounding the venue.

Seats strictly limited. Tickets available at: www.eventbrite.com.au

In person participants are requested to conform to whatever Covid19 restrictions are in force at that time.

Simulcast live via Zoom.

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Meeting ID: 873 8058 3548

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August 3
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Bastow Institute
603 - 615 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne, victoria 3051 Australia
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