IS OUR SOCIETY MORE ENLIGHTENED NOW THAN IT WAS IN 1831?
The repair and repurposing of an iconic colonial building – the former Queens Orphan School for Boys (1831) at St Johns Park in New Town as a lens to provoke contemporary discussions about the social determinants of health, Aboriginal sovereignty and social inequality.
The beginning of a significant public conversation about the culture of Hobart- Aboriginal Heritage – Social Inequality Then and Now – A Mountain of Huon Pine – The Future
OPEN DAY 10 AM – 2 PM – THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO VIEW THE BUILDING AND LEARN ABOUT SOME OF THE STORIES OF THE PLACE.
FORUM FROM 2 PM
The Forum is the beginning of a significant public conversation about the culture of Hobart, it includes speakers on Aboriginal children who were imprisoned in the building, the construction of the building, orphan stories, social inequality, health economics then and now, with short films and information about the repair plans and Creative Living Centre vision.
There will be lots of time for discussion.
CHAIR: Dr PETE HAY, Research Fellow, Geography Dept. UTAS
SPEAKERS: MS CHERYL MUNDY with MS COLLEEN MUNDY – Aboriginal Artists & great great grand daughters of Fanny Cochrane Smith
MR PETER GAGGIN – Director, Philp Lighton Architects, Consulting Architect on the building repair
MR ANDREW COCKER – Committee Member, Friends of the Orphan Schools
PROFESSOR DAVID ADAMS – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community, Partnerships & Regional Development), UTAS
MS KYM GOODES – CEO, TASCOSS
JAMI BLADEL – Artistic Director/CEO, Kickstart Arts