Colonial Castaways

Colonial Castaways
and Indigenous Hosts Fellowship presentation

5 April 2018, 5.15pm for 5.30pm start -6.30pm
Conference Room, Level 4


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Perhaps the best-known Australian colonial castaway is Eliza Fraser who was shipwrecked in 1836 on K’gari-Fraser Island, where she spent time with local Indigenous peoples.

Many early accounts present Fraser as the civilised captive of cruel and primitive savages. Less known are the many instances of castaways whose survival depended on the sustained assistance of Indigenous peoples, who treated them with care and kindness.

This presentation interweaves some extraordinary stories with artworks to provide fresh perspectives on these shared encounters.

Associate Professor Lisa Chandler is a curator, and Art and Design academic from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Professor Chandler’s Fellowship for Curatorial Research is supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Library’s Treasures Gallery Access Program. 

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Image: Australia, wigwams at Gould Island [Edwin Augustus Porcher].