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Until 18 May. Exhibition. South Pacific Islander and Australian Reflections on ‘Blackbirding’. This exhibition reflects on the 19th Century ‘labour traffic’ (known as ‘blackbirding’) of South Pacific Islanders to the cotton and sugar plantations in Australia, Fiji, Samoa and even Peru. Approximately 60,000 were brought to Queensland, often by deception or force, and the death rate was about 25 per cent. The exhibition will also highlight contributions those Island workers made to the economy and infrastructure, and the experiences of descendants of Island workers who remained. The exhibition also reflects on the experiences of descendants of Australian Aboriginals taken back to the Islands, and of seasonal Island workers in Australia today. Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Hawke Building Level 3, UniSA City West campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide. Information.

3 May. Forum. South Pacific Islander and Australian reflections on ‘Blackbirding’. Speakers will reflect on the 19th Century ‘blackbirding’ of South Pacific Islanders by colonial powers to plantations in Australia, Fiji, Samoa, and Peru. Approximately 60,000 were brought to Queensland, often by deception or force. Speakers will highlight contributions those Island workers made to the economy and infrastructure, as well as the experiences of descendants of those who remained. Free. 6.00 to 7.30 pm, Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Hawke Building Level 3, UniSA City West campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide. Information.

17 May. Lecture. The France-Australia Strategic Partnership in a Challenging International Environment. France and Australia are bound by common values including the support of multilateralism and the rule of law, human rights and democracy and a shared vision for a secure and more prosperous future. Guided by these shared values, France and Australia work together to enhance their long-standing strategic partnership. In this lecture, the audience will have the opportunity to hear from the Ambassador of France to Australia, H.E. Mr Christophe Penot, as he reveals his vision for the French-Australia agenda. Cost: Free. 6.00 to 7.15 pm. Allan Scott Auditorium, 50–55 North Tce, UniSA City West Campus, Adelaide. Information and registration

20 May. Marian Procession and Peace Rally. Celebrating the anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes to mark the historic apparitions that took place in the town of Lourdes, France in 1858. Cost: Free. 1.30 for 2.00 pm start. Pilgrim Peace Park next to Veale Gardens in the South Parklands. Information

6 June. Lecture. Australia and its Security Challenges – Near and Far. In determining our security interests, Australia has long been torn between the realities of its geography and of its interests. In World War II the tension saw Australian forces relocated from the Middle East to address security threats closer to home. Over 70 years later, that discussion is still being had. Australian forces are deployed within the Middle East while concerns over a rising China trouble our strategic community. This double lecture will explore Australia’s security challenges in both these geographic areas. Presenters: Professor John Blaxland, Australian National University; Dr Rodger Shanahan, Research Fellow, Lowy Institute. Cost: Free. 6.00 to 7.15 pm. Bradley Forum (Level 5, Hawke Building), 50–55 North Tce, UniSA City West Campus, Adelaide. Information and registration

 

 

 

 

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