• The Memory Landscape of the Cowpastures in memorials, monuments and murals

    Author(s):
    Ian Willis (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Group(s):
    Agricultural History, History, Place Studies, Settler Colonialism
    Subject(s):
    Australia, New South Wales, New South Wales--Sydney, World politics, Memory, Monuments, Mural painting and decoration
    Item Type:
    Presentation
    Meeting Title:
    Work in Prgress
    Meeting Org.:
    Independent Scholars of Australia Inc
    Meeting Loc.:
    State Library of New South Wales Flinders Room
    Meeting Date:
    9 February 2024
    Tag(s):
    Local studies, local history, art
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/90tw-xe14
    Abstract:
    All around the community in the Macarthur region are cultural artefacts that are representations of the settler-colonial narrative of the Cowpastures, which was variously a colonial frontier, a government reserve, and a formal region. Today, the material culture of the Cowpastures is hidden in plain sight and appears to have been ‘forgotten’ by the community. It includes roads and bridges; parks and reserves; historic sites; books, paintings and articles; conferences, seminars, and workshops; monuments, memorials and murals; community commemorations, celebrations and anniversaries; and other cultural heritage. The presentation will examine examples of this material culture and illustrate the multi-layered nature of the Cowpastures story for various actors. These storytellers have re-affirmed the Cowpastures settler-colonial narrative over the last two centuries and illustrated the contested nature of the Cowpastures' memory landscape.
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    Last Updated:
    3 months ago
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