with John Carty and Mark McKenna / Chaired by Jared Thomas
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When historian Mark McKenna set out to write a history of Uluru, he had no idea where the story would take him. Researching the shooting death of an Aboriginal man by policeman Bill McKinnon, Mark uncovered shocking evidence that was typical of Australian frontier justice, and astonishing in its contemporary resonance. With support from the families of key individuals, and the assistance of South Australian Museum, Mark uncovered critical new evidence, and Return to Uluru became a true crime story of the most explosive kind, and an important exploration of what truth telling and reconciliation means in practice.
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John Carty is the Head of Humanities at the South Australian Museum, and Professor of Museum and Curatorial Studies at the University of Adelaide. He is a Commissioner on the Australian National Commission for UNESCO.
Mark McKenna is one of Australia’s leading historians, based at the University of Sydney. He is the author of several prize-winning books, including From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories, Looking for Blackfellas’ Point and An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark, which won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction and the Victorian, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australian premiers’ awards.
Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges, a playwright, author and Arts Development Officer at Arts SA. His plays have been presented in Australia and Africa, and his most recent books include Songs That Sound Like Blood and the Game Day series written with NBA player Patty Mills.