Recorded on Tuesday 28 May 2019 in the Hallstrom Theatre as part of the Australian Museum's Lunchtime Conversation Series.


John Maynard on Charles Perkins at Lunchtime Conversations 2019

Professor John Maynard, Chair of Aboriginal History at the University of Newcastle

Image: Nick Langley
© Australian Museum


One of the most charismatic and well-known Aboriginal political leaders of the twentieth century, Charles Perkins was born to Arrernte and Kalkadoon parents in the `old’ Alice Springs telegraph station. An elite soccer player and the first Aboriginal Australian to graduate from University, his fiery, uncompromising contribution to the Indigenous Rights movement is illuminated by Professor John Maynard, Chair of Aboriginal History at the University of Newcastle.



2019 Lunchtime Conversation Series: Australians Shaping the Nation.

Australia has been shaped by the remarkable work of many individuals whose achievements have resonated beyond our shores. In this second season of the Australian Museum Lunchtime Conversation Series, drawing on the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum exhibition in the Westpac Long Gallery, a stellar selection of distinguished Australians share insights into the inspiration behind their groundbreaking contributions, which have helped define the nation across science, politics, sport and the arts.

Lunchtime Conversation Series: Australians Shaping the Nation is available as a series of six lectures.