Memorials and memories to be discussed at Port Arthur

July 12, 2007


Rosemary Hollow will discuss her research on the memorials built at the sites of three tragedies in three very different countries in a public talk at the Port Arthur Historic Site this month.

Entitled Memorials and memories: remembering the tragedies at Port Arthur, Oklahoma City and Bali, Rosemary’s talk will explore the differences in the way tragedies and lost loved ones are remembered in three very different cultures, and also the common bonds and shared experiences.

Using material gathered during visits to the memorials and interviews with people at Port Arthur, Oklahoma City and Bali, the stories of the people affected by the tragedies, including those involved in the planning and management of the memorials, will be discussed. There will also be a short summary of interviews with museum curators in New York on their initial response to the tragedy at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

At the sites of all these tragedies, she says, the words of a September 11th survivor are appropriate:

“The destruction was overwhelming, but I’ve never seen such courage, strength and love.”

Rosemary Hollow is a PhD candidate at the Research School of Humanities at the Australian National University in Canberra. Her topic is The memorialization and management of contemporary atrocity sites. Rosemary worked in Tasmania for nine years, including two years in the Conservation Section at Port Arthur from 1997-1999. She currently works in the Heritage Division of the Department of the Environment and Water Resources in Canberra.

The public talk is free of charge and all are welcome.
Tuesday 31 July, 2007 at 5.30pm
Junior Medical Officer’s Conference Room, Port Arthur Historic Site