Geoffrey Bolton Lecture 2021: Yarning Ancestors Words

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In support of National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week we are re-sharing the Geoffrey Bolton Lecture: Yarning Ancestors Words – exploring the role of archives in reconciliation
Geoffrey Bolton Lecture 2021 Crew

From left to right: Sarah Tout,  Darryl Kickett, Gabriel Maddock, Anna Haebich & Dean Collard

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this page contains an image of deceased persons and the Lecture discusses historical mistreatment of Aboriginal people.

On 25 October 2019 the International Council on Archives and National Archives of Australia held the first Indigenous Summit: See us, Hear us, Walk with us, at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Adelaide. The Tandanya Declaration, delivered at the Summit, is a call to action about the '…responsibility to re-imagine the meaning of archives as an engaging model of social memory; to embrace the Indigenous worldviews and methods of creating, sharing and preserving valued knowledge. To decolonise our archival principles with Indigenous knowledge methods, to open the meaning of public archives to Indigenous interpretations’.

As a commitment to this call to action, the State Records Office of WA presents the 2021 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture: Yarning Ancestors Words.


This podcast was produced for the State Records Office of WA by Ms Sarah Tout and features:

Mr Darryl Kickett - Discovery Indigenous Senior Research Fellow; School: School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University

Mr Dean Collard - Project Nyungar Lead, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University

Ms Gabriel Maddock – PhD student, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry at Curtin University

Professor Anna Haebich - Project Lead, John Curtin Distinguished Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities at Curtin University

Dr Tiffany Shellam - Senior Lecturer in History at Deakin University. Winner of the 2020 Prime Ministers' Literary Award for Australian History, and the 2020 Margaret Medcalf Award for Archival Research.

Since 2004, the State Records Office has presented the annual Geoffrey Bolton Lecture to promote debate about the use and interpretation of archives, in what is now a nationally important forum. This annual Lecture honours Geoffrey Bolton AO, Australian historian, academic and writer.

Geoffrey Bolton Lecture 2021


Image: Walter Kickett (centre), grandson of James Yombitch Kickett, with family dogs, York, c. 1960, photo courtesy of Professor Marion Kickett.

Page reviewed 26 May 2022