Touring the past: tourism and history in Australia
How did the Australian past become an object of the tourist gaze? For well over a century Australians have learnt to be nostalgic about their past. This exhibition charts the way Australians began to discover they had a past worth visiting. Convicts, bushrangers and rebellious diggers became standard tourist fare surprisingly early. At the same time, Australia’s past was also acquiring a patina of nostalgia, as artists discovered the beauties of colonial architecture and country towns recognised the benefits of promoting their history to tourists.
From Port Arthur to the Dog on the Tuckerbox, this exhibition explores the variety of pasts that tourists visited, the exhibits that drew them in and the souvenirs they took away.
From 26 August 2013 till 14 February 2014
Relics tell a tale in the Touring the Past exhibition - The Australian
Read the exhibition review by Christopher Allen published in the Australian, 19 October 2013.
Historyonics: Bushranger tourism - ABC Radio National
Listen to the interview with Waleed Aly on Radio National, 23 October 2013.
Convict cells, graves and gift shops - Scope Mag.
Read Ian Mason's interview with Richard White in Scope Mag in July 2013.
Touring Australia's Past - East Side 89.7FM
Listen to a three part interview podcast with the Curators, broadcast on 29th August on Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton.
Exhibition review - Inside History magazine, Issue 18.
Read the review of the exhibition by Chloe Okoli.