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Australia’s Defining Moments

Museum curator Kylie Carman-Brown, Mikey Robins and Barry Lambert during filming.

NMA, Engage and Learn, Defining Moments on video – the pursuit continues, by Mitch, 6 August 2015

An armband worn by a Polish woman who survived a Second World War Nazi concentration camp, Indigenous stone tools from ages past and a rug made from rabbit pelts: these are some of the objects that have been examined by Mikey Robins, National Museum of Australia curators and special guests in the first batch of videos released as part of the Museum’s Defining Moments project.

The videos are available via the Defining Moments website or the Museum’s YouTube channel. Not only will you find videos about objects from the Museum’s collection that relate to the Defining Moments project list; you’ll also find videos in which Australians from numerous walks of life share their views on what they think are defining moments in Australian history.

Mikey and the Museum recently set about producing a second set of videos on the topic of collection objects relating to defining moments.

This second set focusses upon these objects and their stories:

  • An Outside Broadcast (or O/B) van used by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (the ABC, formerly known as the Australian Broadcasting Commission) to bring the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games into the homes of Australian and international TV audiences
  • The 1934 Melbourne Cup, which was won by a horse named Peter Pan
  • Convict love tokens from Australia’s early days as a British colony
  • The Les Darcy locket, which relates to the death of Les Darcy, an early twentieth century Australian boxer

Once again, Mikey has engaged with the Museum’s curators in the process of unlocking the stories of these objects, and how those stories contribute to the Defining Moments project narrative.

The initial filming for these four objects is complete, and the post-production phase is well under way. Keep an eye on the Defining Moments webpage or this blog for an update on the release of the finished videos. The Museum’s online collection search is a good source of information about the objects, if you would like to investigate them before the latest videos are available online.

In the meantime, please enjoy the Defining Moments objects videos already available, and don’t hesitate in joining the Defining Moments conversation.

Mitch is the Digital Outreach Co-ordinator at the NMA.

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