2021 History Festival Opening Night Event – Knowing the Past: In Conversation

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Knowing the Past: In conversation

Join us as we open South Australia’s History Festival for 2021, with a special in-conversation event with Dr Jared Thomas and Dr Skye Krichauff as they examine the complexities of Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal understandings of past experiences and how different ways of knowing shape the practice of history.

Facilitator: Dr Jenni Caruso

When: Thursday 29 April 2021, 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start

Where: Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William St, Adelaide

Price: $10 per person

Bookings essential – tickets for this event are general admission and checkboard seating will be implemented.


Bars will be closed for this event. We recommend visiting the City of Adelaide website for pre or post event meal and drink optionspublic transport, and parking around Adelaide Town Hall.

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Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges. He is currently the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Cultural Material at the South Australian Museum and a Trustee of the History Trust of South Australia. An international award-winning author, his titles include The Game Day series with Patty Mills, Dallas Davis, the Scientist and the City Kids for children, and Sweet GuyCalypso Summer and Songs That Sound Like Blood for young adults. Jared’s writing explores the power of belonging and culture.

Jared’s pursuits through the South Australian Museum explore new methodologies and models for engaging Aboriginal people and communities in the telling of their stories and the custodianship of their material culture.


Dr Skye Krichauff is an ethnohistorian who combines the methodologies of history and anthropology. She is interested in colonial cross-cultural relations, the relationship between history and memory, and how societies live with historical injustices (in particular how Australians live with the enduring legacies of colonialism). She has convened courses on Australian history, colonial history and Aboriginal-settler history at Flinders University, worked as a history researcher for an Aboriginal Community organisation and as an expert ethnohistorian for South Australian Native Title Services.

Skye is currently employed as an ARC Research Fellow on the linkage project ‘Reconciling with the Frontier’. Her first book Nharangga Wargunni Bugi-Buggillu: A journey through Narungga History (Wakefield Press, 2011) examines cross-cultural relations on nineteenth century Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. Her second book Memory, Place and Aboriginal‒Settler History (Anthem Press, 2017) is a place centred ethnography which investigates the absence of Aboriginal people in settler descendants’ historical consciousness. She is also the President of the South Australian History Council and co-editor of Studies in Oral History (the journal of the Australian Oral History Association).