|From left Karen Jackson, Professor Richard Broome, Dr Liz Rushen, Genevieve Grieves, and Reuben Berg|
The speakers brought personal perspectives on what Melbourne means to them, and were received warmly by the assembled audience. The discussion was facilitated by Karen Jackson.
Rueben Berg is a Gunditjmara man, a founder of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria, and a graduate architect. Rueben is also the Indigenous Heritage Advocate for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Monash University Department of Architecture. Rueben is passionate about Aboriginal perspectives on place, and about sharing these perspectives with the broader community.
Emeritus Professor Richard Broome practised History at university for thirty-five years, much of that time at La Trobe University, where he taught Australian and Indigenous history. He has won teaching awards, been involved in secondary school curriculum review, is Patron of the History Teachers’ Association of Victoria and is Vice President of the RHSV. He is the author of eight books, including the prize winning Aboriginal Victorians. A History since 1800 (2005) and Aboriginal Australians. A History since 1788 (2010) in print since 1982 in four editions. He has just completed a history of the Aborigines Advancement League which will be published early next year.
Genevieve Grieves is Worimi - traditionally from mid north coast New South Wales - and has lived on Kulin country for many years. She is currently a Lecturer in the Indigenous Studies Program, University of Melbourne where she is also undertaking her PhD in memorialisation and frontier violence. Genevieve was the Lead Curator of the First Peoples exhibition, Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at the Melbourne Museum, which opened in September 2013. She has previously worked with the Koorie Heritage Trust where she developed the Mission Voices website for the ABC and, later, as a field producer and online content developer on the First Australians project. She wrote and directed a documentary called Lani’s Story and creates video art, most notably Picturing the Old People.
Dr Liz Rushen’s passion is researching and writing about immigrant women. After receiving her doctorate from Monash University in 1999, Liz was the Executive Director of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. She is a member of the Professional Historians’ Association, on the board of the History Council of Victoria and an Adjunct Research Associate in the School of Historical Studies at Monash University. Her books include Single & Free: female migration to Australia 1833-1837, several other books on female migration to Australia and a social history of Bishopscourt, Melbourne.
Karen Jackson is Yorta Yorta and Director of the Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit at Victoria University. She is an advocate for culturally safe spaces that enable Aboriginal people to aspire to personal, family and community goals and the delivery of relevant educational programs by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people.