Heritage Festival
 

 

Red Dogs and Bush Rangers
Nelson Woss

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
6:30pm, Friday 26 May 2017
Tannock Hall, corner of Cliff and Croke Streets, Fremantle.

Nelson Woss is one of Australia’s most loved film makers. The man behind such award-winning features as Red Dog and Ned Kelly, his films draw on powerful human stories from Australia’s past. His characters have been played by award-winning actors Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush. Fresh from the release of Red Dog: True Blue, Nelson will combine story-telling and film to reveal what makes Australian history—and therefore our movies—so special. Doors open from 6pm.

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Red Dog

FREE FILM SCREENING
8:00pm, Friday 26 May 2017

Drill Hall, corner of Mouat and Croke Streets, Fremantle.

The City of Fremantle, Notre Dame and Good Dog Enterprises are delighted to bring you an indoor/outdoor screening of the original Red Dog film. Bring your rugs, bean bags, pillows or low-folding chairs to join us for a screening of the film in Notre Dame’s historic drill hall. Food trucks will be on hand to purchase dinner and drinks for this special family event. Doors open from 7:30pm.

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Gold Diggers and the Making of History
Jim Richards, author

10:30am, Sunday 28 May 2017
Fremantle Hotel, The University of Notre Dame Australia corner of High and Cliff Streets, Fremantle.

When Jim Richards left the British army to join a modern-day gold rush in the early 1990s, he had no language skills, no money and no idea. Since then, Jim has prospected and mined in some of the maddest, most dangerous places on earth, where isolation, disease and violent criminals come with the territory. In this entertaining public talk, Jim will share his alarming first-hand experiences of what participating in a gold rush is like, and deliver insights into how gold has helped shape the history and character of modern Australia.

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Bearing Witness and the Art of History
Prof Deborah Gare

10:30am and 6:00pm, Monday 29 May 2017 Fremantle Hotel, The University of Notre Dame Australia corner of High and Cliff Streets, Fremantle.

The artist, Hans Holbein, engineered the royal wedding between Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves—and doomed it to failure when the princess did not live up to her portrait. In another country, and another century, Eugene Delacroix recorded the uprising of the French people in 1830 in his iconic work ‘Liberty Leading the People’. Can history be read through works of art? In this fascinating talk Notre Dame’s professor of history, Deborah Gare, will reveal how art bears witness to extraordinary events of our past and how, indeed, the painters might sometimes be considered historians.

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Journalists and the ‘first draft’ of history
Dr Mignon Shardlow

10:30am and 6:00pm, Tuesday 30 May Fremantle Hotel, The University of Notre Dame Australia corner of High and Cliff Streets

“Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important far than they all.” Journalists often write the first draft of history, and today they are the antidote to the post-truth world, fake news and Trump’s war on media. In this enlightening talk, Notre Dame’s head of Journalism, Mignon Shardlow, will reveal how journalists make history, just as they report it.

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Australia, Trump and the American alliance
Dr Daniel Baldino, Notre Dame

10:30am and 6:00pm, Wednesday 31 May Fremantle Hotel, The University of Notre Dame Australia corner of High and Cliff Streets

Since 1951, the ANZUS alliance has been the holy grail of Australian security and defence policy. Our relationship with America has been real and durable. We have, historically, relied on its promise that ANZUS will guarantee Australia’s security in a changing world. Yet many questions remain about American alliance. On whose terms is it based, and under what conditions will it hold? Daniel Baldino, Notre Dame’s security and strategy expert, will consider how the American alliance has shaped Australia’s past and—under the Trump presidency—guess how it will shape our future.

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Heroes and Villains: Australia and the ‘celebrity’ of crime
Dr Leigh Straw

10:30am and 6:00pm, Thursday 1 June Fremantle Hotel, The University of Notre Dame Australia corner of High and Cliff Streets

What do notorious Australian criminals Ned Kelly, Kate Leigh and Mark 'Chopper' Read all have in common? They are criminal ‘celebrities’. In this lively paper, crime historian and writer, Leigh Straw, will show how criminals make history by engaging the public imagination.

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It’s Time (and Time Again): Elections that made history
Assoc Prof Martin Drum

10:30am, Friday 2 June Fremantle Hotel, The University of Notre Dame Australia corner of High and Cliff Streets

When Gough Whitlam persuaded Australians in 1972 that it was time for a change, he ushered in the modern age of political campaigning. Labor strategist, Bruce Hawker, has since suggested that the Whitlam campaign “became the gold mark for future successful elections. Perhaps it was the high water mark, too.” There is little doubt that Australian history has been shaped by powerful and dramatic electoral moments. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear Martin Drum, Notre Dame’s well-known political analyst, explore those elections that made history.

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Butting Heads: History and Archaeology in Western Australia
Dr Shane Burke

10:30am, Sunday 4 June Fremantle Hotel, The University of Notre Dame Australia corner of High and Cliff Streets

History and archaeology both contribute valuable knowledge to our understanding of human occupation in Western Australia. However, given the different methodological and theoretical standings of the two disciplines, sometimes their stories about the past are different. Notre Dame’s popular archaeologist, Shane Burke, will reveal the fault lines between the two disciplines most responsible for making history, and share stories from the front line of our past.

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Campus tours
Leigh Dawson

12:00pm, Sunday 28 May and Sunday 2 June Fremantle Hotel, The University of Notre Dame Australia corner of High and Cliff Streets

They’re back! Notre Dame’s famous tours of our historic, West End campus are available again to all festival goers in 2017. We’ll take you on a unique, backstage walk through some of the finest historic buildings in Fremantle. Bring your walking shoes to join Leigh Dawson and his colleagues for an hour on campus. You’ll share in the stories of those who have lived in and loved our town over the past century, and will be given special admission to some of Fremantle’s best-kept secret locations.

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