How communities recover from terrorism and atrocities in next Port Arthur Talk

June 22, 2011

PhD candidate and former Port Arthur Historic Site staffer Rosemary Hollow will discuss her research on how three communities – Port Arthur, Bali and Oklahoma City – have recovered from the atrocities committed at each place, in a talk entitled How nations mourn: remembering the tragedies at Oklahoma City, Port Arthur and Bali.

Terrorism and atrocities have scarred the public memory in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. Three atrocities, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the 1996 massacre at Port Arthur and the 2002 Bali bombings had a significant impact on their communities.

The challenge for the management of these sites was that they were all dealing with ‘the intersection of grief and history.’ How did these communities and their governments respond?

Based on her doctoral research, Rosemary will discuss the similarities and differences in the memorialisation of these tragedies in these three countries, including the built memorials, and the interpretation of these events.

She will refer to the influence of the internet on contemporary memorialisation, and how social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook are bridging cultural divides and shaping how communities remember.

Rosemary Hollow will be awarded her doctorate from the Australian National University in July 2011. She worked in Tasmania for nine years, including two years at Port Arthur from 1997-1999 and currently works in the natural resource management section of the Australian Government in Canberra.


Thursday 30 June, 2011 at 5.30 p.m.

Junior Medical Officer’s Conference Room, Port Arthur Historic Site