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Dr Shino Konishi: The Freycinet Expedition in Australia


Wed 18 Mar 2020, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: State Library of West Australia Theatre, Francis Street, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: State Library

Louis Claude de Saulces de Freycinet’s visited Western Australia in September 1818. Though the expedition’s time ashore was brief, they amassed a significant collection of natural history specimens and historical objects, including Dutch navigator Willem de Vlamingh’s plate, and produced a rich archive of texts and illustrations many held by the SLWA. Dr Shino Konishi will trace the history of the expedition, and in particular their encounters with and descriptions of Aboriginal people.

Dr Shino Konishi is an ARC research fellow in the School of Humanities and School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Western Australia. She has long been interested in the history of French encounters with Aboriginal people, and has published a number of works on the subject, including her book The Aboriginal Male in the Enlightenment World (London, 2012). Shino is Aboriginal, and identifies with the Yawuru people of Broome.

Bookings required.

Image: Shark Bay, Freycinet collection, State Library of WA. Catalogue number: ACC 5907A/5