Heritage Festival

Fremantle Heritage Festival 2017 Program

All lectures will be held at The Fremantle Hotel, The University of Notre Dame Australia Corner High and Cliff Streets, Fremantle

Gold diggers
Jim Richards, author and geologist
Sunday 28 May – 10.30am

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.

Bearing witness, and the artist as historian
Professor Deborah Gare, Notre Dame
Monday 29 May – 10:30am and 6:00pm

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.

Journalists and the 'first draft' of history
Dr Mignon Shardlow, Notre Dame
Tuesday 30 May – 10:30am and 6:00pm

"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.

Australia, Trump and the American alliance
Dr Daniel Baldino, Notre Dame
Wednesday 31 May – 10:30am and 6:00pm

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? Dr 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.

Heroes and Villains: Australia and the 'celebrity' of crime
Dr Leigh Straw, Notre Dame
Thursday 1 June – 10:30am and 6:00pm

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, Dr Leigh Straw, will show how criminals make history by engaging the public imagination.

It's Time (and Time Again): Elections that made history
Associate Professor Martin Drum, Notre Dame
Friday 2 June – 10:30am

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 Associate Professor Martin Drum, Notre Dame's well-known political analyst, explore those elections that made history.

Butting Heads: History and Archaeology in Western Australia
Dr Shane Burke, Notre Dame
Sunday 4 June – 10:30am

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, Dr 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.

Campus tours
Leigh Dawson, Notre Dame
Sunday 28 May and Sunday 2 June – 12pm

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 traversing the Uni's streets and buildings. 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.