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	Image: James Valentine

Australian collection celebrity events

In conjunction with the Australian galleries

(See also Newsfront in conversation, 31 October 2012, 6.30pm.)

Image: James Valentine

Wednesdays 10 October – 14 November 2012, 6.30pm


Duration 30 minutes
Location: Entrance court

Dr Anita Heiss, author, cultural activist and social commentator

Anita Heiss is the author of numerous books, spanning non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women’s fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel. She is an Indigenous Literacy Day Ambassador and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales. Tonight she talks about her latest publication, her memoir, Am I Black Enough For You? and the theme of identity in Australia.


Wednesday 10 October 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Warren Fahey and the Larrikins: Yarns, bush poetry and songs

Iconic bush band Warren Fahey and the Larrikins tell yarns and sing songs of the Australian bush.


Wednesday 17 October 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

The James Valentine Quartet

The James Valentine Quartet is: James on tenor saxophone and occasional vocals, Gary Daley on keyboards, Peter Kohlhoff on bass and Cameron Reid on drums. The Quartet has recorded two CDs, Debut and most recently, The Power And The Passion. Tonight they will perform some of their evocative arrangements of classic Australian rock songs.


Wednesday 24 October 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Bill Gammage, academic historian and author

Bill Gammage talks on the Australian landscape and his recent book, The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia (2011), which won the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Prize for Australian History. Gammage is a historian and adjunct professor in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University.

Bill Gammage. Photo: Loui Seselja


Wednesday 7 November 2012 6:30pm – 7pm

Glenn McGrath, former Australian cricketer, in conversation with Richard Glover

Glenn McGrath talks on Australia’s sporting culture with Richard Glover, 702 ABC Sydney presenter. Glenn McGrath made his cricket Test debut for Australia in 1993 and holds the world record for the highest number of Test wickets taken by a fast bowler. He announced his retirement from the sport in 2006. McGrath established the McGrath Foundation in 2002 to fund more breast care nurses in rural Australia and to educate woman regarding breast cancer. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008 for ‘service to cricket as a player’ and ‘service to the community through the establishment of the McGrath Foundation’. During 2012 he has been travelling all over Australia as an ambassador for the Australian Year of the Farmer.


Wednesday 14 November 2012 6:30pm – 7pm