New Histories

Mark McKenna + Michael Aird

kuril dhagun, State Library of Queensland

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kuril dhagun, State Library of Queensland

#About the event


Mark McKenna

Mark McKenna

Mark McKenna is one of Australia's leading historians. A Professor of History at the University of Sydney, his books have won several national awards while his essays, reviews and commentary appear regularly in The Monthly, ABR and The Australian. His most recent book is From the Edge: Australia's Lost Histories (MUP 2016).

Michael Aird

Michael Aird 's main research focus has been photographic history with a particular interest in native title and Aboriginal people of southeast Queensland. He has curated over 25 exhibitions, including curating Transforming Tindale at the State Library of Queensland in 2012, which was the first time photographs taken by Norman Tindale and Joseph Birdsell on their 1938 and 1939 expedition have been featured in a major exhibition. In 2014 he curated the Captured: Early Brisbane Photographers and Their Aboriginal Subjects exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane. In 1996 he established Keeaira Press an independent publishing house and has produced over 35 books. Much of what Keeaira Press has published focus on art and photography, which reflects Michael’s interest in recording aspects of urban Aboriginal history and culture. Michael is currently a Research Fellow in Anthropology at the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland.

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