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The wedge collection and the conundrum of humane colonisation

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Taylor, R 2017 , 'The wedge collection and the conundrum of humane colonisation' , Meanjin, vol. 76, no. 4, Sum , pp. 34-55 .

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Abstract

The first encounterSaffron Walden Museum is a place ofwonderment. For £2.50 visitors can see anEgyptian mummy, a lock of Napoleon’s hairand Wallace the lion, stilled by his taxidermistsince 1838. When I first visited the museumnearly ten years ago, my interest took meup a wooden staircase to a space perhapsless visited. The ‘Worlds of Man’ gallerywas filled with indigenous-made artefactsfrom around the world, many of which hadbeen there for more than 150 years.1 Africanstatues, Hawaiian bark cloths, Americantomahawks, and what I had come to see:the wooden Indigenous artefacts collectedby surveyor John Helder Wedge at the closeof the Tasmanian ‘Black War’ and in the firstmonths of settlement in Victoria in 1835.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Taylor, R
Keywords: Victorian, Tasmanian, New South Wales, Aboriginal history, humanitarianism, archives, collecting, museums
Journal or Publication Title: Meanjin
Publisher: Meanjin Company Ltd
ISSN: 0025-6293
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© Rebe Taylor 2017

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