Down There with Peter Read: A Celebration of four decades of history-making

This is a celebration of Peter Read’s wide-ranging and continuing contribution to history-making.

What: Panel Talk event

When: 9.30am – 6pm, Friday 8 April

Where: RSSS Auditorium, Level 1, 146 Ellery Crescent Acton, ACT 2601

Register: This is a free event, but bookings are essential. Register to attend here.

Much of Peter Read’s career has been spent ‘down there’ – sitting on the ground listening to stories, interviewing people in their homes and digging into the past. His research on the Stolen Generations profoundly changed the face of Australian history, shaping a new national story that continues to challenge and inform politics and history-making. But there are many other strings to Peter Read’s history-making bow.

After more than four decades, the time has come to celebrate Peter Read’s wide-ranging and continuing contribution to history-making. This one-day event, to be held at The Australian National University on Friday 8 April, will explore various aspects of Peter’s work, from his social history of the Northern Territory in the late 1970s, through his work on Chile, to his most recent work on Aboriginal Sydney.

Speakers include Ann McGrath, Jay Arthur, Jackie Huggins, Shauna Bostock-Smith, Marivic Wyndham, Heather Goodall, Nick Brown, Rani Kerin, Rosanne Kennedy, Julie Janson, Julia Hurst among others.

The day will conclude with closing remarks from Peter followed by a short reception.

Enquiries: Dr Rani Kerin –

Places are limited. Register here.