RAHS Day Lecture – On Foot in Australia: Walking as a Path to Knowledge
February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
From the earliest days of European settlement, colonists found pleasure in leisurely strolls through the bush, admiring the scenery, collecting flowers, sketching, bird watching and picknicking. Over time, walking for the sake of walking became the dominant motive for many. Bushwalking – serious walking – was invented. In this paper I explore the development of bushwalking as one of Australia’s most popular recreational pursuit. Where and how did people walk? And why did they do it given all the potential discomforts and even dangers? I argue that bushwalking became a means for people to better understand and to know both themselves and the nation itself.
About the speaker: Melissa Harper is a senior lecturer in Australian Studies and Cultural History at the University of Queensland. Melissa is the author of The Ways of the Bushwalker: On foot in Australia (2007 and 2020) and the co-editor of Symbols of Australia (2010). For many years she edited the Journal of Australian Studies. Melissa is currently writing a history of fine dining out in Australia since the 1960s.RESERVE TICKETS