Charles Darwin in Australia – Need for views of First Peoples

This year (2009) there is a world wide celebration of the birth of Charles Darwin 200 years ago and also of 150 from the publication of “The Origin of Species”.

Various exhibitions have been arranged in Australia’s museums, libraries and other cultural production houses. Most focus on the visit to Australia by Charles Darwin in 1836, as part of the voyage of the Beagle.

On that trip Darwin met with Koories near the Nepean River; wrote about what was happening to First Peoples when he was in Tasmania; and even sponsored a corroboree with the White Cockatoo men when the Beagle called in a King George Sound (Albany) in Western Australia.

Before this Darwin bi-centenary year is over, there needs to be a larger debate and/or event about the visit of Charles Darwin and the subsequent presence of Darwinism in Australia from a perspective which includes First Peoples as cultural partners.

Any suggestions?

Send them to Bruce Reyburn admin@songlines.org.au