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H 290 x W 205 mm

202 pages

112 figures, 24 tables (colour and black & white images throughout)

Published May 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789690958

Digital: 9781789690965

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memory; intangible cultural heritage; monuments; liminal; Australian South Sea Islanders; national narrative; indentured labour; material culture; identity; entanglement; multicultural; cultural heritage management; contemporary archaeology; subaltern

The Secret Life of Memorials: Through the Memory Lens of the Australian South Sea Islanders

By Julie Mitchell

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Focussing on the Australian South Sea Islander minority community this volume employs a variety of theoretical arguments in order to contribute a new method for comprehending the many interleaving aspects of memory spaces, and should be of interest to heritage professionals, local councils and governing bodies, and members of the general public.



Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 3: Theoretical Concepts - Liminal Spaces

Chapter 2: Research Context - Literatures

Chapter 4: The Memory Practices - Material Constructs

Chapter 5: Embedded Memory - Language Based

Chapter 6: Entangled Memory - Cognitive Meaning

Chapter 7: Interactive Memory - Philosophical Constructs

Chapter 8: Networked Memory

Chapter 9: Conclusion

Appendix 1: Legislation

Appendix 2: Australian South Sea Islander Organisations

Appendix 3: Visitor Centre Email Template

Appendix 4: Extended Detail Data Base

Appendix 5: QHR Original Record for SSI Sugar Wagon Trail Yeppoon


About the Author

Julie Mitchell achieved her doctorate in the Department of Archaeology, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. A fascination with the human condition and the connections between past and present that manifest in contemporary life guided her research focus on the role of material culture in the construction and maintenance of memory. Julie is also an IPinCH fellow (intellectual property in cultural heritage), focused on the otherwise intangible cultural heritage information that material culture contains. Julie is currently working on another relatively unrepresented group, children living on colonial Australian gold fields, linking modern perceptions of Australian culture and identity, and those created, adopted and passed on by these ‘golden’ children.