Biennial Conference 2022 – tours

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OHA Biennial Conference 2022

Oral History in Troubling Times: Opportunities & Challenges

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Post-conference tours

After the conference closure at 12.30 pm on Sunday 16 October there will be two tours available to delegates and their partners.

1:30 – 4:30
A short bus trip will take delegates to the stunning Cataract Gorge (pictured above) where highly respected elder Dr Aunty Patsy Cameron will lead us on an Aboriginal cultural walk. The bus will return to Launceston by 5:00 pm.

1:30 – 5:30
A bus will take delegates down the picturesque kanamaluka/Tamar River to the historic Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre. Includes curator’s talk about the centre’s oral history program. The bus will return to Launceston by 5:30pm.

Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre

The social and industrial museum at the long-closed Beaconsfield goldmine had been operating for decades before mining re-commenced in 1999. Many oral histories have been conducted about the history of the area including mining. The mine was thrust into the national spotlight in 2006 when one miner was killed and two others were trapped underground for two weeks. The Centre has relevant displays.

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

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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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