The lecture on February 28, 2021, by Professor David Bowman, is now available on the RST YouTube channel. Read more about the lecture here.
The lecture by Professor Katie Flanagan on March 28, 2021, is now available on the RST YouTube channel. Read more about the lecture here.
The lecture on April 11, 2021, by Dr Frances Sussmilch, is now available on the RST YouTube channel. Read more about the lecture here.
The Royal Society of Tasmania invites you to attend this lecture by Dr Imogen Wegman on Sunday 2nd May 2021 at 3 pm.
The lecture will be presented in person at the RST Lecture Room in TMAG (Hobart) and as a Zoom webinar. This lecture is free for members of the Royal Society of Tasmania. Non-members are welcome to attend and donations are appreciated through our website or at the door. Suggested donation $6; $4 for students and Friends of TMAG.
Attendance in person: Attendance in person is limited by current pandemic restrictions to 20. Please register for the in-person lecture using this link. The password is “RST”. Eventbrite registrations close at midday on Saturday 1st May.
Attendance via ZOOM: Follow this link to register for the Zoom webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Two years after the British established the colony of Van Diemen’s Land, the government surveyor George Prideaux Harris begged his brother to send “all the paper you can muster”. Harris was charged with recording the details of a fledgling colony, but paper was “very scarce and dear”. This was life on the colonial front-line. In order to understand the visual records of exploration, we must also consider the circumstances of their creation: the constraints, expectations, and purposes of the surviving maps. This talk focuses on the messiness of exploration, as captured in the messiness of written forms. Inadequate equipment was translated into corrections, unruly labourers became inaccurate boundary lines, and vegetation froze into simple sketches. These charts were a mechanism of indigenous alienation, but they also captured the landscape before it was usurped by European ideas. With careful analysis it is possible to unpick some of the story.
Having grown up in Hobart, Imogen has a strong connection to her island home. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Tasmania, before moving to the UK to join the University of East Anglia’s Landscape History MA program. Her dissertation examined the creation of ‘isolated’ parish churches – those that stand in the middle of a field, far from their village. She returned to Tasmania to complete a PhD in History at UTAS, examining the differences between land grants given to convicts and free settlers. Her research continues to examine the practicalities of life in the early years of a colony, using digital tools such as GIS (mapping) to understand the historic landscape and extract its stories. Imogen is now a Lecturer in History at UTAS, teaching into the Diploma of Family History and the Bachelor of Arts. She continues to nerd out about maps with her students, teaching them how to find and interpret them for their own research.
Royal Society of Tasmania
Medal presentation and lecture delivered by
Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC Governor of Tasmania
Government House Hobart
On Tuesday 16 March 2021, members of the Royal Society of Tasmania met at Government House as guests of Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Governor of Tasmania, and Mr Richard Warner AM.
The evening was devoted to RST medal presentations and a lecture by Her Excellency. President Mary Koolhof summarised the history and intentions of the two medals to be awarded, the Clive Lord Medal and the MR Banks Medal.
The Clive Lord Medal is awarded to a scholar distinguished for research in Tasmanian science or Tasmanian history. Clive Lord was an acclaimed naturalist, a stalwart of the Royal Society of Tasmania and a director of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. The 2019 winner is Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick AM, Distinguished Professor in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania. Professor Kirkpatrick’s career has been devoted to helping students learn about nature, researching its characteristics and conservation, and engaging with wider society on issues of conservation reserves and the natural environment. His Clive Lord Lecture “Cyclic dynamics in Tasmanian high mountain treeless vegetation” can be viewed on the RST YouTube channel.
The MR Banks Medal is awarded to an outstanding mid-career researcher in any field. It is named in honour of past Society President and tireless supporter, the late Dr Max Banks. In 2019 for the first time in the medal’s history, there were two MR Banks medallists: Associate Professor Arko Lucieer and Dr Eloise Foo.
Professor Lucieer leads the TerraLuma research group at the University of Tasmania, focusing on the development and application of drones, sensor integration, and image processing techniques for environmental, agricultural, and high-precision aerial mapping applications. His MR Banks Medal lecture, “From Surface to Satellites – how remote sensing from drones advances our understanding of plant biodiversity” is available for viewing on the RST YouTube channel .
Dr Eloise Foo established a new research area at the University of Tasmania examining the role of plant hormones in plant-microbe symbioses. Her research contributes to an Australia-wide effort seeking to harness the power of plants for improving agricultural and ecological outcomes. Her MR Banks Lecture, “Dating in the dark – The underground world of beneficial plant-microbe relationships” is also available for viewing on the RST YouTube channel.
Following the medal presentations, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC, Governor of Tasmania, delivered a lecture entitled “Improving literacy and education standards in Tasmania”. The lecture was based largely on Her Excellency’s involvement with the Basics project, the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, Connect42, 26Ten and Child and Family Centres around the state since becoming Governor. The full text of the lecture is available here .
The Royal Society of Tasmania, Northern Branch, invites you to a public lecture on Sunday 25 April 2021 at 1.30pm by Dr Christine Hansen.
She will deliver a lecture on “Telling the stories of kanamaluka, the Tamar River“.
To view remotely via ZOOM: Register in advance by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
To attend the lecture in person: Due to COVID restrictions, registration will be required – by phone 0417 330 118
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kanamaluka/Tamar River (estuary) is a fascinating water way: a complex ecosystem, a unique hydrological phenomenon and a major factor in the founding of Launceston. It is also a magnet for passionate debate and strong opinion. While discussion about its future rages in public, behind the scenes QVMAG is preparing a new gallery that celebrates life above and below the water.
Dr Christine Hansen is the current Manager of Knowledge and Content at QVMAG. She arrived in Launceston from Sweden where she was a scholar in the Centre for Environmental Humanities at Gothenburg University and worked for the Swedish National Museum of World Cultures. She has a PhD in History from the Australian National University and these days proudly calls herself a ‘Tasmanian.’
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