Australia’s unknown historic treasure, Kimberley rock art, has become the focus of major research by Australia’s leading archaeologists and scientists. Two multi-million dollar research projects involving 40+ researchers and Traditional Owners are currently collaborating on a pioneering rock art dating project and archaeological surveys that have the world keenly watching…
On the occasion of the Kimberley Foundation Australia’s 20th Anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the death of Grahame Walsh, KFA is using its annual public lecture to tell the story of how the relatively unknown historic treasure that is Kimberley rock art has become the focus of major research by Australia’s leading archaeologists and scientists.
And behind that story is another story waiting to be told. It is the colourful, serendipitous story of the Foundation’s history. Who were the people involved? How did KFA create a model for funding research where the drivers are both the Aboriginal traditional custodians and the general public seeking to understand and protect the cultural and historic significance of this Indigenous legacy? Twenty years on dozens of KFA-sponsored researchers from multiple universities and institutions including leading French archaeologists are involved.
There is no better person to tell this story than Maria Myers. Awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2016 for the advancement of the understanding of Indigenous rock art and for her service to the community through philanthropic leadership, Maria Myers has been Chairman of KFA for eight years. Her story started in 1994 when she met Grahame Walsh. Already a student of Aboriginal culture she was so inspired by his description of the living culture of the Kimberley and the rock art that she went to see it. She was hooked.
In 2000 the Myers bought Doongan and Theda Stations in the Kimberley. The following year Maria joined the KFA Board – a Foundation already making historic headway with its founding principles of two-way understanding and two-way learning between traditional aboriginal Kimberley people and non–aboriginal people. In 2009 Maria was appointed Chairman and in the last decade has placed the Kimberley Foundation Australia at the forefront of scientific research backed by philanthropists, leading trusts and foundations and everyday Australians.
If you are captivated by rock art and intrigued by the research findings to date, you won't want to miss this lecture. Booking essential.
This lecture will also be presented in SYDNEY at the AGNSW on 10 March. To book Sydney lecture click here
Date: Thursday 22nd February 2018
When: 6.00 pm for 6.15 pm start
Where: Clemenger BBDO Auditorium NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road Melbourne (North entrance)
Cost: Admission $10 - Booking Essential: Book here