How Meston's 'Wild Australia Show' Shaped Australian Aboriginal History (2016–2019)

Abstract:
The Wild Australia Show (1892-93), staged by a diverse company of Aboriginal people for metropolitan audiences, provides the focus for an interdisciplinary study of performance, photography, collections and race relations in colonial Australia. Using archival and visual records, and in partnership with key cultural institutions and Indigenous communities, the research seeks to produce an authoritative and original interpretation of the Show situating it within local, national and transnational narratives informed by contemporary Indigenous perspectives. It aims to illuminate Aboriginal agency in the ensemble, reconnect Aboriginal kin to performers, and chart changing concepts of race at a critical juncture in Australian history.
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Researchers:
  • Professor
    School of Architecture
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
  • Senior Lecturer
    School of Architecture
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Funded by:
Australian Research Council