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Professor Jane Lydon, Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History at the University of Western Australia delivered the 2019 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture on the 14 October 2019 October 18, 2019

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Truth-telling, Archives and Human Rights’

Professor Jane Lydon, Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History at the University of Western Australia  delivered the 2019 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture on 14 October 2019


Venue: State Theatre Centre, 174-176 William Street (cnr Roe Street), Perth

Date and time: Monday 14 October 2019 at 6pm

Over recent decades there has been growing interest in the history of human rights and the role of archives in both shaping and documenting this story.  Archives play a key part in helping societies deal with painful histories and in building peaceful futures through dialogue and debate. As Australia continues to grapple with its history of colonial encounters, Indigenous calls for ‘truth-telling’ pose profound challenges to the nation. The 2019 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture will address these issues among others and will also explore the question – if the archive is a powerful source for determining what is true, how do we respond to the silencing of marginal voices, absences and mis-representations that have shaped our past, and instead forge a flourishing and just future?

An educator, researcher and award winning author, Professor Lydon’s books include the edited collection Visualising Human Rights (UWA Publishing 2018), and Imperial Emotions: The Politics of Empathy Across the British Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2019) which examines the way that emotional narratives created relationships across the British empire, throughout the nineteenth century and into the present. She is currently working on a study of the links between the British anti-slavery movement and Australian history titled No Slavery in a Free Land? Anti-Slavery and Australia (Routledge, 2020). Professor Lydon holds fellowships of the Australian Academy of Humanities and the Society of Antiquaries of London, and is member of the Council of the National Trust (Western Australia).

Carol Bolton with Professor Jane Lydon UWA at the State Theatre for the 2019 Geoffrey Bolton Lecture

Male Giraffe Calf born to Perth Zoo giraffe’s female Kitoto and bull Armani. October 8, 2019

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Perth Zoo’s family has expanded with the arrival of a strong, healthy male giraffe calf late yesterday afternoon.

Less than 24 hours old, the calf is in the night quarters, or ‘giraffe nursey’ and no access will be granted beyond

the initial giraffe care team as zookeepers give the herd a chance to bond.

The little male was born to mother, Kitoto at 3:04pm yesterday afternoon after a two and half hour labour . Both Mum and baby giraffe are doing well and were bonding behind the scenes in the giraffe nursery.

Straight after birth, Mum was seen licking and grooming her new calf and he was up standing and testing his wobbly legs after just 20 minutes. In another great sign, the calf was suckling and feeding from mum within the first hour after birth.

This is the second calf born to Kitoto and her partner, the bull, Armani as part of a coordinated effort by Australian zoos to breed

these majestic creatures to help fight extinction. Giraffe numbers in the wild have plummeted to fewer than 80,000, making our efforts vitally important.
For the next few weeks the giraffe herd will be spending time bonding with their  infant, who stands at approximately 169 centimetres in height.

Patience is requested from Perth Zoo patrons during these early days as the giraffe may not be as visible as normal, because like any family, the arrival of a newborn is a big deal and they’ll need some quiet time.

Tribute to Matthew Dwyer Photographer October 5, 2019

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The body of a Perth photographer has been found at the base of one of Western Australia’s highest peaks, where he had previously gone to shoot wildlife photography.

Friends of Mr Dwyer, who was known for his striking images of animals and birds, became concerned for his welfare on Wednesday when he failed to return from a trip to Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges National Park.

A widescale search involving the State Emergency Services (SES), police helicopter and drone and AMSA Challenger Search and Rescue Jet searched the park overnight and into the day.

A body believed to be that of the 51-year-old was found about midday at the base of the main bluff, a 1,090-metre-tall peak, 400 kilometres south-east of Perth, which is a popular destination for hikers and climbers.

Mr Dwyer was a career photographer with more than 30 years’ experience.

His former colleague at the Fremantle Herald, journalist David Bell, remembered Mr Dwyer as a gentle, kind and warm person.

“He’d come along to meetings where I’d interview people and he was there to take the photos but sometimes he’d come up with better questions than I would.

“Very fair to say he’s beloved.”

Mr Dwyer is survived by three children.

He is understood to have spent a lot of time in the bush, and had previously been up on Bluff Knoll, where he snapped a celebrated picture of a native quokka in the snow.

To a true gentleman and great photographer: RIP Matthew Dwyer

Dangalabba, a 4 metre male Estuarine Crocodile is a new arrival at Perth Zoo October 4, 2019

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Dangalabba is a large four metre male Estuarine Crocodile. His name means ‘crocodile’ in the language of the Larrakia people, the traditional owners of the land and waters around Darwin, his original hatching place.

Dangalabba is a rescue crocodile who has lived at a crocodile farm in Broome for many years after being removed from Darwin Harbour by wildlife officers who were concerned about public safety. He is estimated to be approximately 35 – 42 years of age and is described as a ‘big boy’ in the prime of his life.

Dangalabba’s move to Perth was no small feat. It was planned to precision and involved a climate controlled truck to keep the crocodile as happy and comfortable as possible, whilst a roster of truck drivers drove continuously so we could complete the 2000km+  journey quickly and safely.

After getting out of his transport crate, Dangalabba checked out his new pool (heated to a toasty 27 degrees) and has been able to stretch his reptilian legs in his new palatial home at Perth Zoo!

2021 Mini Football World Cup allotted to Ukraine: Photos Bohdan Warchomij October 2, 2019

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The decision to allot the Mini Football World Cup to Kyiv as the venue was announced during the WMF Executive Committee held on 30th of July 2019.

The President of WMF – Mr. Filip Juda announced the result  enthusiastically : “I would like to congratulate the Ukrainian Minifootball Federation for its efforts and perseverance in sending all the necessary documents important for guaranteeing a successfully organized WMF WORLD CUP 2021.

The Ukrainian Minifootball Federation has gone through a lot of work since 2014 when I was present at its “inauguration” in Kyiv. Concretely in the field of development of the membership base, planned construction of infrastructure, but also the performance of the national team. In my opinion, there can be no better location for the promotion of this sport in Ukraine than the historical center of Kyiv.

I personally wish to Zhenya Dontsov, the Ukrainian Minifootball Federation president, and his team to be successful in the important preparations that are always an integral part of success, whether in the promotion of minifootball in Ukraine but also abroad. Same for the development of this sport in other cities of Ukraine, cooperation with Ukrainian Association of Football in field of grassroots and also for the potential coming of new partners and increased attention from the Ukrainian state public authorities.”

The Ukrainian team in Perth for the 2019 World Cup opened its campaign with a 3:0 win over Lebanon, despite losing their first choice goalkeeper to a red card offence at the Langley Park venue. The replacement goalkeeper was one of Ukraine’s goalscorers in the win.

Australia had a very comfortable win over Thailand in their opening game and look to be favourites to win the tournament with USA.

The opening ceremony with a Welcome to Country by Dr Richard Whalley was well received by the small enthusiastic crowd.

Damien Hirst MANDALAS, an exhibition of new work at White Cube’s Mason’s Yard September 30, 2019

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20 September 2019 – 2 November 2019
White Cube Mason’s Yard

White Cube is pleased to present ‘Mandalas’, an exhibition of new work by Damien Hirst at Mason’s Yard. His first major show in London for seven years, it features large-scale works from the recent concentric paintings.

Returning to one of his most well-known motifs – the butterfly – Hirst’s new paintings take their inspiration from the mandala: highly patterned religious images that represent the cosmos or universe in Hindu, Buddhist, Jain or Shinto traditions. Predominantly circular, they feature exquisitely colourful butterfly wings placed into intricate concentric patterns on household gloss paint. Complex and restless, their compositions resolve at the centre with a single butterfly, a point of visual and mental focus; a spiritual or energy nexus.

Graham Miller PLAYING THE MAN Turner Galleries 20 SEPTEMBER – 19 OCTOBER September 24, 2019

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Dr Sean Gorman opened Graham Miller’s PLAYING THE MAN exhibition at the Turner Gallery by quoting an absent Bruce McAvaney’s description of the work as ‘delicious’.

Graham Miller inhabits the ubiquitous Scanlens chewing gum footy cards with aplomb and veracity to create homage to the history of the WAFL and VFL and the players and the AFL’s cultural contribution to Australian sporting history. There is humour and insight into the time and place that has framed Miller himself and is shaping a new world of football that questions who and what we are as a nation.

It is both pop culture and Wake in Fright, as Dr Sean Gorman points out to us and lists Graham Miller’s challenges in coming to a Perth boarding school from Hong Kong and learning the ropes of dealing with the Australian male psyche. There is humour in the photos and a sense of racism and abuse that footballers who were different endured, like the Asian rover Les Fong in the 70′s and in modern times the indigenous footballer Adam Goodes.

There are deep questions to ask and deep scars in the history of this sport that is played only in Australia and Graham Miller has successfully asked these questions.

Ukrainian champion Vasiliy Lomachenko defeats British boxer Luke Campbell September 9, 2019

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A valiant effort in front of a raucous hometown crowd at the O2 Arena in London wasn’t enough for Luke Campbell to pull off the upset of Vasiliy Lomachenko. The Ukrainian’s technical prowess — and a big knockdown in round 11 — was enough to earn the two-time Olympic gold medalist a unanimous decision, and a third belt in the lightweight division.

Campbell (20-3, 16 KO) did not fight like a +1000 underdog, multiple times stinging Lomachenko while also giving him fits in the southpaw vs. southpaw matchup. Ultimately, Lomachenko’s class won out as he blasted with double jabs and a stinging attack to the body. At the conclusion of the fight, Lomachenko held a 136-87 advantage in power punches.

Campbell and Lomachenko were both hurt during a wild seventh round. After the fight, Lomachenko said, “I wasn’t hurt. But I felt his punches.” As the fight wore on, Campbell seemed to hurt Lomachenko less while Lomachenko’s shots were having an increasing effect. This led to Round 11 where Lomachenko landed a flurry of punches, culminating in a right hand that dropped Campbell to the canvas and seemingly erased any doubt over where the scorecards were heading.

The official scorecards read 119-108, 119-108 and 118-109, all for Lomachenko, who added the WBC lightweight belt to his WBA and WBO titles in beating his fellow Olympic gold medalist.

Speaking after the fight, Campbell was asked how good Lomachenko, arguably the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, truly is.

“Tonight was Lomachenko’s night, but my time will come.”

Lomachenko was similarly complimentary of Campbell following the fight, admitting it was a difficult fight.

“He has good amateur experience,” Lomachenko said. “He’s a very smart technical fighter. He had reach with longer size and hands. It was very hard for me to adjust to him.”

Lomachenko also expressed a desire to fully unify the lightweight titles, targeting a fight with Richard Commey, the IBF lightweight champ.

Ukrainian Prisoner of War Exchange September 9, 2019

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Ukraine and  Russia have exchanged dozens of prisoners, releasing 35 prisoners each.

Planes carrying freed Russian and Ukrainian prisoners landed at Moscow’s Vnukovo and Kiev’s Boryspil airports on Saturday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed the exchange as the first step towards ending the war in Ukraine’s east and returning territory annexed by Moscow.

“We have taken the first step,” he said after greeting the former prisoners at the airport in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev.

“We have to take all the steps to finish this horrible war,” he said, pledging to also return “our territory”.

The exchange, the first since 2017, took place after lengthy negotiations.

Those released by Russia include all 24 Ukrainian sailors who were captured in November last year in the Sea of Azov, as well as Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was convicted of plotting ”terrorist” acts. He had denied the charges.

Controversy surrounds the exchange of Volodymyr Tsemakh.

He is believed to have been a commander of air defences at Snizhne in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, one of the Russian-backed rebel areas in eastern Ukraine.

Snizhne is close to where investigators say the missile which shot down the Malaysian Airlines plane in 2014 was fired.

A team of international criminal investigators said in 2016 that the missile had been brought from Russia and fired from a field controlled by Russian-backed separatists.

In a daring operation in June, Ukrainian special forces reportedly smuggled Mr Tsemakh out of rebel-held territory, and he had been due to stand trial in October.

Although he is not a suspect, international prosecutors have said they would like him to remain in Ukraine so they can ask him further questions.

Last week, they urged the authorities in Ukraine not to allow him to travel to Russia.

However, in a court decision on Wednesday he was released from custody.

The Dutch government said it was disappointed with the Ukrainian decision to send him to Russia.

Meanwhile in the Donetsk war zone Russian forces continue to engage the Ukrainian military.

Perth Fashion Festival at Yagan Square September 9, 2019

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Now in its 21st year Perth Fashion Festival will take place in a transformed Yagan Square. Perth will share the vision of creating a brilliantly connected future for everyone to enjoy. View the festival program and see some highlights below.

Fashion Paramount
12 – 14 September

Perth’s vibrant Yagan Square precinct will be transformed to host an exhilarating and reinvigorated Fashion Paramount, presenting an outstanding display of style and creativity throughout six incredible runway events.

Featuring the latest collections from some of the most prominent local, national, and international designers, the evening runway shows are some of the most exciting the festival has to offer in its rich and diverse history.

Experience the very best of West Australian fashion, with the magnificent city skyline sparkling in the night sky. Find out more about the Fashion Paramount Runway Events here or purchase your tickets through Ticketek.

Fashion Central
15 & 21 September

Yagan Square, Forrest Chase, Wesley Quarter, 140 and other city destinations will once again be the centre of action with a host of free runway shows, events, exciting window creations and activities to bring a vibrant atmosphere to the City of Perth.