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					29 August 2007

TWO FREE LECTURES AT THE BROKEN HILL CITY LIBRARY “HISTORY FROM A LOCAL PERSPECTIVE” When: Saturday, September 1st Where: Broken Hill City Library, Blende St, Broken Hill Time: From 2pm The Broken Hill City Library will be hosting two free lectures on the topic ‘History from a Local Perspective’ on Saturday 1st September 2007 at 2pm. Presented by the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University, in conjunction with the Outback Archives, the speakers and topics of the lectures are; Landscape and gender identity in Australian film – Dr Leigh Astbury – This lecture will examine three Australian films, Wake in Fright (1970), Mad Max II (1981) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) in order to explore how issues of gender identity are brought into focus in the Australian landscape. It will argue that the films employ different strategies to complicate, undermine or deliberately subvert accepted verities of Australian masculine identity. The films call on Broken Hill and its landscape as a crucial testing ground for their ideas. Dr Leigh Astbury is the author of two books on late nineteenth-century Australian art and a book on the contemporary Australian artist, Victor Majzner. Dr Astbury currently teaches in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies at Monash University. Mr. Justice Higgins & BHP, 1909 – Professor John Rickard – This lecture will relate to the Commonwealth Arbitration Court and Mr Justice Higgins’ visit to Broken Hill in 1909 to hear a case involving BHP. Professor John Rickard is the author of H.B. Higgins: The Rebel as Judge and Australia: A Cultural History. Professor Rickard is the current honorary Professorial fellow with the National Centre for Australian Studies. These public lectures are an opportunity for interested people to hear the views of these scholars, and all members of the public are welcome to attend (light afternoon tea will be provided). For further information, please contact Robert Kelly on (03) 9903 4053 or or the Broken Hill City Library on 8088 3317.

Media Contact: Marvis Sofield, Library Services Manager, on 80883317

Broken Hill City Library, 249 Blende Street, P.O. Box 448, Broken Hill, N.S.W. 2880 Telephone: (08) 8088 3317 Fax: (08) 8087 8055 Email: