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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Reminder: Stand up for the Burrup: saving Aboriginal rock art in the world's largest open air museum

Reminder - The Museum Studies Research Seminar Series 2006/7
Monday 12th February at 1pm in the Dept of Museum Studies, Lecture Room

We are delighted that Jenny Gregory will make a presentation at the Museum Studies Research Seminar Series 2006-7, on 12th February at 1.00pm. Museum Studies is an interdisciplinary field and all are welcome. Refreshments served.

This meeting will be held in the Dept of Museum Studies 103 Princess Road East in the Lecture Room.

For further details, or to join the email list, contact Viv Golding.

Stand up for the Burrup: saving Aboriginal rock art in the world's largest open air museum
Jenny Gregory

In 2004 a massive off-shore gas reserve was found in the ocean offshore from the Dampier Archipelago on Western Australia’s remote north-west coast. Work has begun on the development of this gas reserve and the construction of a major gas plant on the Burrup Peninsula.

The Dampier Archipelago is a huge area comprised of 42 islands and includes the Burrup Peninsula. It is the site of the largest and most ancient collection of Aboriginal rock art in Australia. There are estimated to be millions of petroglyphs in the archipelago, dated at between 6,000 and 30,000 years of age, thousands of years older than Stonehenge, and including images of long-extinct fauna. The precinct is one of the most important rock art sites in the world demonstrating the continuity of lived experience in the area for many thousands of years. It is presently threatened by development.

This paper discusses the battle for the Burrup, potentially the largest open air museum in the world.

Biography
Jenny Gregory is presently Associate Professor of History at the University of Western Australia. Author of a number of award-winning histories, her latest is City of Light: a history of Perth since the fifties (2003). She is editor-in-chief of the Historical Encyclopaedia of Western Australia, currently in the final stages of preparation, and is also working on a book on relocated buildings.

Her involvement with the Burrup, amongst many other heritage issues, came through teaching in the area of heritage studies and particularly through her work as President of the National Trust in Western Australia for which she was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal in 2001.

2 comments:

jessica said...

I think Aboriginal Cultures need to be protected and preserved. It's such a shame, the graffiti that has been taking place. We need to value and cherish places like this: http://travelistic.com/video/show/2333

Amy (aka 'Attic') said...

Thanks for your comment Jessica. Check back soon for a review of Jenny Gregory's seminar.