Ethnographic collecting and the politics of restitution on Matthew Flinders’ Australian voyages, 1798–1803

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2 September | 3.30pm -4.30pm
National Maritime Museum, Caird Library & Archive

Join us for this free Caird Library research seminar from Daniel Simpson, Caird short-term fellow. Members of the Museum, adult learners, independent researchers and members of the public are all welcome to attend the seminars. No booking is necessary!

This talk discusses contested practices of collecting and restitution on-board Matthew Flinders’ early Australian voyages. Though Flinders and his crew acquired numerous Indigenous Australian objects, an array of moral and philosophical considerations soon brought about their return. Surviving records of an encounter at Fraser Island in 1802 suggest that early nineteenth-century concerns about object collecting were not, therefore, altogether dissimilar to museum debates about object repatriation occurring today.