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DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND MUSEUMS NEWSLETTER 8 Northern Territory Library Remarkable research Brenda L. Croft has recently made a trip to Darwin from Sydney to access unique historic papers and documents held by the Northern Territory Library (NTL), the Ellen Kettle manuscripts. Brenda is a Research Fellow and PhD student at the National Institute for Experimental Arts at the UNSW Art and Design but has Territory roots, being descended from the Gurindji /Malngin / Mudpurra people of the Victoria River region of the Northern Territory. The title of her thesis and accompanying research exhibition is Still in my mind: Gurindji location, experience and visuality. Brenda will present her research and artistic response in a collaborative exhibition in 2017. A specific theme of her study is her family and community who are members or descendants of the Stolen Generations. Several members of her immediate family were interred at government institutions throughout the 20th century including Kahlin Aboriginal Compound, Pine Creek Boys Home, The Bungalow Half-Caste Childrens Home, Channel Island and East Arm Leprosaria and the Retta Dixon Childrens Home. The NTL holds unique collection items relating to the Indigenous history of the Northern Territory. Included in its specialised manuscript collection are the personal and professional papers of Sister Ellen Kettle, a pioneering health worker working in Aboriginal communities around the Northern Territory during the 50s and 60s. The fragile, handwritten notes contain valuable details about families affected by the Stolen Generations policies and in some cases are the only written records to help reconnect Aboriginal people to their birthplaces and families. The Ellen Kettle Collection has been a significant addition to the manuscript collection at the NTL. It is an extensive collection of over 240 separate documents including photographs, personal and professional papers and reports, articles and clippings. The guide to the collection is available online at www. artsandmuseums.nt.gov.au/ northern-territory-library/ collections/personal_papers_ collection/ Brendas work is part of a larger collaborative research exhibition in partnership with Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation and UNSW Art and Design Australia, while also engaging with aspects of the University of Queensland and Berndt Museum, UWA. The NTL is delighted Brendas research is energising and exposing unique items from the manuscript collection and supporting the creation of new artistic and scholarly works about the poignant history of the Northern Territorys Indigenous people. Eric Johnston Lecture A large crowd gathered to hear a lecture presented by Mr Andy Bruhn, entitled, The Territorys Teenage Years. Mr Bruhn is the General Manager of Territory Television and is active in the business and philanthropic communities in Darwin. He was the former Chair of the NT Business Advisory Council, the former Director of Darwin Rugby League and Hottest Sevens Rugby Union and has been a former Chair, Deputy Chair and Commissioner of the NT Tourist Commission. The Lecture, the 29th Eric Johnston in the series, was given at the Northern Territory Library on 26 November 2015. The Eric Johnston Lectures date back to 1986; the series is named after Commodore Eric Johnston who was the Administrator of the NT at the time and a passionate advocate for the intellectual and cultural growth of the young Territory. The current Administrator, His Honour the Hon John Hardy OAM, and Mrs Marie Hardy were in attendance to hear Mr Bruyn, as were several other VIPs, including, Mr Austin Asche AC QC and Dr Valerie Asche , Chief Justice Mr Trevor Riley QC, and Mr Grant Tambling AM. The Lecture was a collection of recollections and stories about Territory politics since selfgovernment and contained many insights and interesting reflections on the topic. It was exceptionally well-received by the 80+ attendees. Eric Johnston Lecture Brenda Croft researching Northern Territory Library image http://www.artsandmuseums.nt.gov.au/northern-territory-library/collections/personal_papers_collection/guide_to_papers_of_ellen_kettle#170 http://www.artsandmuseums.nt.gov.au/northern-territory-library/collections/personal_papers_collection/guide_to_papers_of_ellen_kettle#170 http://www.artsandmuseums.nt.gov.au/northern-territory-library/collections/personal_papers_collection/guide_to_papers_of_ellen_kettle#170 http://www.artsandmuseums.nt.gov.au/northern-territory-library/collections/personal_papers_collection/guide_to_papers_of_ellen_kettle#170 http://www.artsandmuseums.nt.gov.au/northern-territory-library/collections/personal_papers_collection/guide_to_papers_of_ellen_kettle#170

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