Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Babe in the Bush: the making of an Australian image

Dr Kim Torney will be the guest speaker at April's Heidelberg Historical Society Meeting. Her book examines the ways in which the compelling image of a child lost in the Australian bush became absorbed into the developing colonial culture of European settlers.

It is an image which still resonates today and, along with bush fires and floods, is one of the few experiences contemporary Australians share with their colonial past. In her quest to understand the development of the image, Kim explores the domestic lives of Australian settlers, changing societal attitudes towards childhood and children, as well as the often- fraught relationship between Aborigines and Europeans. She will also discuss some specific links between Heidelberg and the image of children lost in the bush.

Dr Torney wull speak at the Tuesday April 8 meeting at the Uniting Church Community Centre, Seddon Street Ivanhoe at 8pm.  All welcome.

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