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Uninnocent landscapes

  • 09 Nov 2023
  • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Central Gallery, TMAG
  • 24

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FREE FLOOR TALK

Uninnocent landscapes

Ian Terry


For more than two years Ian Terry followed the route of George Augustus Robinson’s 1831 Big River Mission, which is credited with ending frontier violence in Van Diemen’s Land. Accompanied by 13 Aboriginal envoys, Robinson walked around central VDL before meeting 26 survivors of the Lairmerrener and Paredarerme people. He promised them safety if they stopped fighting the colonists. They met with Governor Arthur in Hobart shortly after and were transferred to Flinders Island, where almost all died. 

Ian’s project was to photograph the landscapes Robinson passed through as an act of truth-telling about colonisation and dispossession, and acknowledgement that his fortunate life in lutruwita/Tasmania comes at the expense of Aboriginal Tasmanians. 

Ian’s exhibition of images from the project is on at the Sidespace Gallery from 3 to 13 November.

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Ian Terry has spent thirty years researching and writing about Tasmanian history. He retired from TMAG as Senior Curator, Cultural Heritage in 2017 and is vice president of the Tasmanian Historical Research Association. Among the many exhibitions he curated at the museum was Our Land: Parrawa, Parrawa! Go Away! which he prepared with Indigenous Cultures curator Tony Brown and which examines the history of frontier conflict in Tasmania. 

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