Low Head Pilot Station

Thursday 13th - 14th February 2003

Thursday 13th February
12.00 - 1.00pm arrival
Visit museum, drink coffee tea etc.

1.00 - 2.10 Session 1 - Identity/identification
Linn Miller (Philosophy) - 'Lost and Longing: A Pathology of Peter Read's Belonging'
Mitchell Rolls (Riawunna) - 'Fucking Whites': Inverting the Politics of Miscegenation

2.20 -3.30 Session 2 - History-Place
Pam Allen (Asian Languages and Studies) - Appropriating paradise: "Our beautiful Bali".
Iain McFarlane (History) - Cape Grim Revisited: Keith Windschuttle gets a serve

3.30 - 4.00 Afternoon tea

4.00 - 5.10 Session 3 - Convict Complications: Survival and Cruelty
Cassandra Pybus (History) - 'Black Jack' Williams: slave, convict and sealer
Meg Dillon (History) - Spies Inside the Gangs: Survival and the Culture of Cruelty

5.15 - 6.00 - ARC Linkages
Mobo Gao & Cassandra Pybus on the Chinese Imprint project
Andrew Pirie on Low Head Precinct project

Friday 14th February
11.15 - 12.30 Site Tour of Low head Pilot Station
With Peter Cox and others

12.30 - 1.15 Lunch

1.15 - 2.30 - Community Connections:
Trevor Sofield on CRC Tourism funding
Lucy Frost to lead a discussion on possible connections with Low Head

2.30 - 3.15 - A sense of Place
Julie Gough on her recent work

3.15 - 3.45 Afternoon tea and depart

For further information contact Cassandra Pybus


The first seminar for 2002, the Language and Landscape seminar, was held at the Grange at Campbelltown on Friday 22 February. For further information, please contact the seminar convenor, Dr Cassandra Pybus . See the programme for details of the day.

The second seminar for 2002 was held at the Willow Court Precinct, New Norfolk, on Friday 19 July 2002. Please contact the seminar convenors Anna Johnston (anna.johnston@utas.edu.au) or Lucy Frost for further information. Information on the programme and the site is also available.

The third seminar for 2002, History from things, was Hosted by the School of Visual & Performing Arts, University of Tasmania in association with the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. For further information contact Deborah Malor.


The second research seminar for 2001, Hybridity and Diaspora, was held on Friday 27th July at the Hobart Campus of the University of Tasmania. For more information please contact Anna Johnston, English and European Languages and Literatures, University of Tasmania. See programme and other details about the day.

The first research seminar for 2001 was held on Friday 16 February at the early colonial homestead of Somercotes, near Ross, in the midlands of Tasmania. For more information please contact Anna Johnston, English and European Languages and Literatures, University of Tasmania. See programme and other details about the day.

Somercotes was settled in 1823 by Captain Samuel Horton and is one of a select number of Australian properties that has remained in continual family ownership. Apart from the significant buildings and other artefacts remaining, it is the site of rich personal and cultural history.

As well as the Georgian homestead, the cottages built for the indentured labourers have been preserved and are now available as 4 star colonial accommodation, while the original ticket-of-leave quarters have been restored to serve as a small conference centre where the seminar will be held.

The homestead was built with every possible protection against the danger of attack by Aboriginals or bushrangers. All windows were fitted with a internal and external cedar shutters, the doors and windows were barred, while the courtyard was secured by a high sandstone wall topped with an iron palisade. Nevertheless, in 1843, Somercotes was attacked by the famous outlaw, Martin Cash, and two fellow bushrangers. In the affray a shot was fired that lodged in the architrave of the front door where it can be seen today. A contemporary account of the attack, written by an American convict, Samuel Snow, who was working on a neighbouring property, can be read on the International Centre for Convict Studies site.

'tense past' an exhibition of art work by Julie Gough was held at the Plimsoll Gallery, School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart, in February 2001. This site also hosts an online exhibition of Julie's work, Artworks and Stories.

Julie also made two midlands highway works for the "10 Days on the Island Festival" which was held from 28 March - 8th April. These works are about the past seeping into the present, and about how we view things like ice, water, air, fire as commodities today. For more information see the Festival site.

Julie is a researcher at Colonialism and its aftermath, an artist and a postgraduate student of the School of Arts, University of Tamania. She also works as an Interpretation Officer (Aboriginal Culture) for the Parks and Wildlife Service, Hobart. The exhibition will be part of Julie's PhD submission. Follow this link to see more of Julie's art works. (The work at the right of this page is taken from The whispering sands (Ebb Tide), 1998 series.)