Curator Conversation

Dr Leanne Bateman presents: Archaeology on the frontier
Wednesday 3 March at 2.00pm

Curator Conversation is a series of entertaining talks hosted by Queensland Museum Curator Jeff Powell.

When: Wednesday 3 March 2021, 2:00pm

Theme: Dr Leanne Bateman will present: Archaeology on the frontier

Cobb+Co Museum's own Dr Leanne Bateman will present several interesting archaeological discoveries uncovered following excavations at a Native Mounted Police camp called Boralga, on Cape York Peninsula.

Her archaeological exploration on the frontier examines a rich array of objects that enabled her to intimately investigate the daily domestic life within a Native Mounted Police camp. Although historical records document the actions of the Native Mounted Police, only a small portion of these records and published accounts regarding Aboriginal-European frontier interaction attest to the daily lives of the Aboriginal troopers present at these camps.

The archaeological evidence found at Boralga demonstrates a continuation of cultural practices as part of daily activities carried out by the Aboriginal troopers within the camp boundary as a way of maintaining cultural identity. The presence of such a vast array of archaeological material offers a rich, comprehensive portrayal of domesticity with which to augment existing historical information regarding the daily activities of the Queensland Native Mounted Police.

Free with admission, please phone the museum on (07) 4659 4900 if you require further information. 

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Event Details

03 March 2021, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM