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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 The ‘Great Australian Silence’ 50 Years On
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'It’s 50 years since the anthropologist WEH Stanner gave the 1968 Boyer Lectures — a watershed moment for Australian history. Stanner argued that Australia’s sense of its past, its very collective memory, had been built on a state of forgetting, which couldn’t “be explained by absent mindedness”:

 It is a structural matter, a view from a window which has been carefully placed to exclude a whole quadrant of the landscape. What may well have begun as a simple forgetting of other possible views turned under habit and over time into something like a cult of forgetfulness practised on a national scale.' (Introduction)

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    y separately published work icon The Conversation 3 August 2018 14237517 2018 newspaper issue 2018 Section: Friday Essay
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