The Labour History Society SA and the Graham F Smith Peace Foundation invite you to a conversation about truth-telling as called for in the Uluru Statement from the Heart at this event with author Dean Ashenden, author of Telling Tennant’s Story with special guests.

Dean Ashenden is an academic, political adviser, journalist and author. Returning after fifty years to the frontier town where he lived as a boy, Dean finds Tennant Creek transformed, but its silence about the past is still mostly intact. Provoked by a half-hidden account, he sets out to understand how the story of ‘relations between two racial groups within a single field of life has been told and not told, in this town and across the nation.

Join Dean Ashenden with special guests:

  • The Hon Kyam Maher, SA’s Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Attorney-General
  • Nancia Guivarra, Tandanya’s recently appointed CEO. with long experience in indigenous media, arts and government policy
  • Dr Jared Thomas, Research Fellow, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Material Culture and Art, SA Museum and University of South Australia, author, playwright and co-director of a recent documentary film about historical racial conflict in the Flinders Ranges
  • John Hill, former SA Minister and Independent Assessor, Stolen Generations Reparation Scheme (who will chair the discussion).

Date: Sunday 19 June
Time: 2 pm
Venue: Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, 253 Grenfell St, Adelaide

Telling Tennant’s Story: The Strange Career of the Great Australian Silence is published by Black Inc. Copies will be on sale at the venue – also now available from major booksellers.

Special thanks to Tandanya for hosting this special event.