Cruising Division: ‘Australia’s Relationship to the Pacific’

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Cruising Division: ‘Australia’s Relationship to the Pacific’

27 October 2021 - 6:20 pm-7:30 pm

Researching Australia’s Relationship to the Pacific – A talk by Dr Ian Hoskins

Australia’s deep past and its modern history are intrinsically linked to the Pacific. In Australia & the Pacific, Ian Hoskins – award-winning author of Sydney Harbour and Coast – expands his gaze to examine Australia’s relationship with the Pacific region; from our ties with Papua New Guinea and New Zealand to our complex connections with China, Japan and the United States.

During this talk, Hoskins will reveal the sweeping narrative history that begins with the shifting of the continents to the coming of the first Australians and, thousands of years later, the Europeans who dispossessed them. Hoskins will also explore the colonists’ attempts to exploit the riches of the region while keeping ‘white Australia’ separate from neighbouring Asians, Melanesians and Polynesians.

The talk will examine how the advent of modern human rights and the creation of the United Nations after World War Two changed Australia and investigates our increasing regional engagement following the rise of China and the growing unpredictability of US foreign policy. Concluding with the offshore detention of asylum seekers and current debates over climate change, Hoskins will pose questions on Australia’s responsibilities towards our increasingly imperilled neighbours.

Our Speaker: Dr Ian Hoskins

Dr Ian Hoskins has worked as an academic and public historian in Sydney for 30 years, during which time he taught US history at Sydney University, worked as a curator at the Powerhouse Museum and, since 2003, has been the North Sydney Historian.

A research focus throughout has been cultural landscapes. Sydney Harbour: A History and Coast: a history of the NSW edge both won major awards. Ian was commissioned by the National Library of Australia to write Rivers: Lifeblood of Australia was commissioned by the National Library of Australia which was published in 2020. He was the CH Currey Fellow at the State Library of New South Wales in 2019 focusing on their Pacific collections. Australia and the Pacific: a history has just been published.

Event Details 

Date: Wednesday 27 October 2021

Time:  6:20pm – 7:30pm

Location:  Virtual Event

Registration Link: Click Here

That this event is open to both Members and their guests.


27 October 2021
6:20 pm-7:30 pm
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