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Debunking one of the hardiest clichés in Australian history: that the 1950s was a dull decade, Nick Richardson peels back the layers to reveal Australia at a critical moment in time. By the time the ’60s came around, Australia was already expanding its outlook — politically, economically, and culturally — and central to this were the events of 1956. Nick brilliantly recreates the broader events surrounding the Melbourne Olympics at the end of 1956, as well as the dramas of the Games themselves. Throughout, he also follows a range of men and women who were touched by this transformation, to illuminate the personal consequences of being part of Australia’s pivotal year.
Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre
From Duck Ponds to Lara, our history extends from early pioneer times of agriculture and a small community to the thriving and ever expanding town we see today. The Lara Heritage & Historical Inc. will present a talk on the early history of Lara; discussing early families, how they made a name for themselves, and what challenges they may have faced along the way; from fire to flood. Get to know what has shaped the town we see today. They will also give an insight into their latest book Stories of Settlers at Lara - The Farming Families of the Closer Settlement Board's Lara Estate 1907.
Thursday, 7 May 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Interior designer Bronnie Masefau is renowned for her residential designs and has over 25 years of experience in interior design. She is the author of five books, including her latest The Meaning of Home: A Place to Belong, in which she explores how the spaces we live in contribute to and craft our lives.
Saturday, 9 May 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Come and watch the Adam Goodes documentary, The Final Quarter on the big screen. Adam Goodes was a champion AFL footballer and Indigenous leader. In the final three years of his playing career he became a lightning rod for a heated public debate and widespread media commentary that divided the nation. He publicly called out racism, was named Australian of the Year, was accused of staging for free kicks, and performed an on-field war dance celebration. Using only archival footage aired at the time, the film holds a mirror to Australia and is an opportunity to reconsider what happened on and off the football field.
This screening is part of National Reconciliation Week.
Reconciliation comes with knowledge and understanding. Part of getting to that place is highlighting issues and asking for change. This is where the protest song comes in. We'll be screening Murundak: Songs of Freedom, and dive into the heart of Aboriginal protest music with The Black Arm Band, featuring some of Australia's finest Indigenous musicians, as they take to the road with their songs of resistance and freedom.
This screneing is part of National Reconcilation Week.
Sunday, 31 May 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
The exhibition consists of works of art produced by Indigenous inmates as participants in the ‘The Torch’ program at Barwon Prison, Kareenga and Margoneet Correctional Centre. Each artist — residing on Wadawurrung Country — has responded to the theme of ‘reconciliation’. The Torch provides art, cultural and arts vocational support to Indigenous men and women in Victoria’s justice system. Artworks on show will also be available for sale, facilitated by The Torch website, with 100% of the sale price going directly to the artist.
Image credit: Ronald (Darkinjung people), ‘The Coming Together’ 2019, acrylic on canvas
This event is part of National Reconciliation Week.
Thursday, 21 May 2020 - 9:00am to 8:00pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre