Description of lecture: When the British first arrived on the shores of Australia, the land was declared as ‘Terra Nullius’, nobody’s land. However, the island continent was home to hundreds of different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations and clans who were instantly deemed as ‘subjects’ of the British Crown. This lecture will briefly trace the dispossession of Australia’s indigenous people, the long campaign for Aboriginal rights, and the case for an apology to the Stolen generation. The lecture will also consider the role of Jewish community leaders in supporting Aboriginal causes.
About the speaker: Sue Hampel OAM is a well-known public speaker and lecturer. She holds a Masters degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (2010) and is the co-President of the Melbourne Holocaust Museum, Australia. Sue has been recognized for her teaching and community service by receiving numerous awards including a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community through the promotion of understanding and tolerance. As the daughter of a survivor, Sue places importance on remembering the past to create a more tolerant future. Sue is a member of the Australian delegation to the IHRA and served as the International Chair of the Education Working Group in 2021. She also is a member of the National Archives of Australia advisory council.