Book Launch in search of the Never Never

On Wednesday, 7 August, many gathered at the Northern Territory Library to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplished historian, Mickey Dewar through the publication of RDHP’s Ann McGrath edited collection In Search of the Never Never: Mickey Dewar: Champion of History Across Many Genres. The well attended event included several of Mickey Dewar’s family members.

Joining Ann at the gathering were RDHP Advisory Committee Deputy Chair, Professor Lynette Russell, and Emeritus Professor David Carment who crafted very fitting speeches in honour of Mickey’s work and the publication. Lynette Russell, who officially launched the book, noted the excellence of Mickey Dewar’s book on Northern Territory literature, predicting that in its republished Ebook form, it would be widely read by numerous interested students, scholars and members of the public around the world and have the impact that it deserved.

As described in the publication, Mickey Dewar made a profound contribution to the history of the Northern Territory, which she performed across many genres. She produced high-quality, memorable and multi-sensory histories, including the Cyclone Tracy exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and the reinterpretation of Fannie Bay Gaol. Informed by a great love of books, her passion for history was infectious