2021 OHA Biennial Conference

Oral History in Troubling Times: Opportunities & Challenges

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Post-conference tours

On Sunday 17 October Aunty Patsy Cameron will give a post-conference tour of Launceston’s stunning Cataract Gorge; this will be followed by a visit to the historic Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre.

A short bus trip will take us to the stunning Cataract Gorge (pictured above) where highly respected elder Dr Aunty Patsy Cameron will lead us on an Aboriginal cultural walk. Lunch in the Gorge will finish in time for you to go on the afternoon tour to the Beaconsfield museum.

A bus will take delegates to the Cataract Gorge for a brief stop, and then down the picturesque kanamaluka/Tamar River to the historic Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre. Includes curator’s talk and afternoon tea.

Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre

The industrial museum at the long-closed Beaconsfield goldmine had been operating for decades before mining re-commenced in 1999. It was thrust into the national spotlight in 2006 when one miner was killed and two others were trapped underground for 2 weeks. The Centre has new displays relating to that tragedy, and the tour will include a curator’s talk about the Centre’s oral history program.

Image credit:  Cataract Gorge (top of page), image by Tourism Tasmania and Kathryn Leahy.

Dr Aunty Patsy Cameron AO

Dr Aunty Patsy Cameron AO

Tour leader

Aunty Patsy Cameron grew up on Flinders Island and traces her Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage through her mother’s line to the north-east Coastal Plains Nation and the east coast Oyster Bay Nation.

For over 40 years she has championed Aboriginal education and traditional knowledge and culture. As a result she received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Tasmania (UTAS) in 2016 and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2017.

Image credit: Magabala Books Aboriginal Corporation.

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