Collecting the West supports projects in Western Australia and around the world. Here's a sample of our current projects...


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‘Coastal Collections: Distributed Collections from Northwest Australia’

I am interested in the natural and cultural materials collected from island, coastal and hinterland Northwest Australia (Pilbara and Kimberley) now located around Australia and overseas. I focus on  the ways they can inform on past material practices, indigenous and colonial histories, and the development of Western Australian identities. Professor Alistair Paterson.


Professor Jane Lydon and PhD candidates Donna Oxenham, Rebecca Repper and Jillian Barteaux are working to explore and analyse the rich, disparate visual record of historical photo archives across the partner organisations AGWA, SLWA & WAM to produce a history of photography in WA. The analysis will attend to the connections, flows and webs that constituted imperial networks as a way of conceiving of these historical movements and uses.
 

Thesis topics:

'The Power of an Image: Indigenous Photographic Archives in a Digital Age and how Aboriginal Communities benefit.'  PhD candidate Donna Oxenham.

Imagining Western Australia: The Role of Photography in National and International Identity Production and the Creation of Western Australia in Collective Memory and Popular Imagination.' PhD candidate Jillian Barteaux. 

'Western Australian photographic collections in space and time: understanding WA's photographic material through a relational database.' PhD candidate Rebecca Repper. Find out more about Rebecca's Research here.


Willem de Vlamingh's ships, with black swans, at the entrance to the Swan River, Western Australia, coloured engraving, derived from an earlier drawing (now lost) from the de Vlamingh expeditions of 1696­97. Johannes van Keulen (1726) Courtesy National Library of Australia

Willem de Vlamingh's ships, with black swans, at the entrance to the Swan River, Western Australia, coloured engraving, derived from an earlier drawing
(now lost) from the de Vlamingh expeditions of 1696­97. Johannes van
Keulen (1726) Courtesy National Library of Australia

'Collecting the sea: The making of Maritime collections from Western Australia and their exhibition.' PhD candidate Corioli Souter. Find out more about Corioli's research here.


 

 

Banner image: courtesy Western Australian Museum.