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The Mavericks that Shaped Australia

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The Mavericks that Shaped Australia

<p>Take a look at Australian history through the lens of the wonderful mavericks it inspired. The people who said ‘no’ to convention, often took on the establishment and managed to attract the

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Take a look at Australian history through the lens of the wonderful mavericks it inspired. The people who said ‘no’ to convention, often took on the establishment and managed to attract the attention of their contemporaries. Most of them fought for a cause and often paid for that courage. But Australian society was invariably better off because of what they did, and now these extraordinary people are part of our national DNA. In two sessions, I would like to celebrate them and find out what they contributed to our country.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The people shaping Australia before WWII: Of course, politicians are important in influencing how a country develops. But they can’t do without the opposition, people sharpening their arguments by contradicting them. In this session we look at eight of those people, who were instrumental in determining what Australia looked like before WWII. They are: Truganini, William Cuffay, Catherine Spence, Vida Goldstein, Louisa Lawson, Muriel Matters, Fred Maynard and Critchley Parker Jr.
  • Australian mavericks since WWII: After the war, and especially during the 1970s, there was a lot of agitation in this country. With more education, more people started to think for themselves and say ‘no’ to the powers that be. They came from all classes and backgrounds and resisted all manner of things. I would like to talk about: Hedley Marston, Barbara Holborow, Geoff Mullen, Juanita Nielsen, Jack Munday, Faith Bandler, Zelda D’Aprano, Don Dunstan, Charlie Perkins, Eddie Mabo and (to take it into the present : Philip Nietschke and Bob Maguire.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have a better understanding of the role of mavericks in Australian society.
  2. Be willing and able to keep an eye out for modern mavericks and fit them into modern history in the making.