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Didn't get a lot of sleep last night cos of the heat, so woke up late at midday and headed into town. After a walk through Hyde Park, which had an outside art exhibition about 'Sydney Life', I ended up at the Australian Museum. This was running 2 temporary installations on Indigenous Australians (specifically the Aborigines and the Torres Strait people), and African Impressions on the ground floor. Both were good exhibitions; the African exhibition comprised of some Earth from the Air style photos of Africa, photos of African people and culture now, and photos of Africa and it's people taken in the 1910s and 20s, plus a number of artifacts.

The Indigenous People exhibition was particularly interesting as a visitor, as it explained the culture and belief behind their faith, and their history in modern Australia.

Aboriginal Rainbow Serpent
Their faith is based around the Dreamtime, Sea, Family, The Land, Community. It is interesting to see the culmination of both the Aboriginal and Christian faith in Aboriginal art, with interpretations of Jesus's Last Supper and the 3 Wise Men. The Christians in some cases set up Missions that combined the common elements of Christianity and Aboriginal faith; a belief in a higher being for instance, but there were others that sought to replace one faith with their own. There was also the Aboriginal Welfare Board who systematically removed Aboriginal children from their familes from the late 1800s to 1969 into government-run institutions; adoption of children by white families; and the fostering of children into white families. This became the Stolen Generation and there was an exhibitit from one of these children, now an adult, to demonstrate the issues that to this day plague the a society that lost so much; child abuse, family break-down, alcoholism, suicide, drugs, unemployment, disease and death.
Aboriginal interpretation of The 3 Wise Men
Much of the rest of the exhibition was about battles and deaths between the two propulations, the problems of Native Law working with or against Government law, recent reform, and the unanimous apology by the Australian government to the Indigienous People for mistakes made in 1997.

I then wandered through the Skeleton permanent exhibition, getting a good look at the animals we don't often get to see displayed in UK museums, like kangaroos, echinids, possums etc. And then through the Insects and Birds exhibit which again focussed on creatures not so familar to me. It was good to get an ID for some birds I have been hearing and seeing so far around Australia, but I got quite freaked out looking at the spiders; wolf spiders, funnel-web spiders, jewelled and spiny spiders, hunter spiders, water spiders, and loads more! Still, it's worth knowing that most of the deadliest spiders are ground spiders, so if you get the choice, sleep on the first floor in Australia!

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The Sky Tower
The Sky Tower
Aboriginal Rainbow Serpent
Aboriginal Rainbow Serpent
Aboriginal interpretation of The 3…
Aboriginal interpretation of The …
Aboriginal interpretation of Jesus…
Aboriginal interpretation of Jesu…
A different kind of sea scape than…
A different kind of sea scape tha…
One for Liz - dolphin skele
One for Liz - dolphin skele
Kangaroo skele
Kangaroo skele
The first bird - Archeoptryx
The first bird - Archeoptryx
A bird I keep seeing
A bird I keep seeing
Another bird I keep seeing
Another bird I keep seeing
St Marys Cathedral, Hyde Park, Sy…
St Mary's Cathedral, Hyde Park, S…
St Marys Cathedral, Hyde Park, Sy…
St Mary's Cathedral, Hyde Park, S…
The Sky Tower
The Sky Tower
St Marys Cathedral, Hyde Park, Sy…
St Mary's Cathedral, Hyde Park, S…
Hyde Park, Sydney
Hyde Park, Sydney
Sydney Life exhibition in Hyde Park
Sydney Life exhibition in Hyde Park
Sydney Life exhibition in Hyde Park
Sydney Life exhibition in Hyde Park
ANZAC War Memorial
ANZAC War Memorial
Explanation behind the Rainbow Ser…
Explanation behind the Rainbow Se…
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