The 60th anniversary of the 1948 American‑Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land is a fitting time for celebration, re‑evaluation, and renewed collaboration between the individuals, institutions, and countries touched by this formative research venture. Large amounts of information were collected by a botanist, mammalogist, ichthyologist, ornithologist and a team of nutritional scientists and Indigenous guides as well as ethnologists, archaeologists, photographers and film-makers.
In 2009 the Centre for Historical Research at the National Museum of Australia will commemorate this anniversary by hosting ‘Barks Birds & Billabongs: Exploring the Legacy of the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land', a symposium that will investigate the expedition’s significant, and often controversial, legacy. This conference will be based around four core themes: Histories, Legacies and Continuing Traditions.
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