2021 Tom Austen Brown Memorial Lecture | Wayne Brennan – School of Humanities 2021 Tom Austen Brown Memorial Lecture | Wayne Brennan – School of Humanities

2021 Tom Austen Brown Memorial Lecture | Wayne Brennan

Painting: Men working together Wayne Brennan 2012

Science and Culture Two Ways of walking together: A journey through rock art recording
Wayne Brennan – Archaeologist
An illustrated talk on Wayne’s personal experience.


About the lecture

This year’s Tom Austen Brown Lecture will investigate the nexus between science and culture, and examine the relationship between the Aboriginal community and scientists – specifically in relation to field work and reports conducted on rock art in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (GBMWHA) and Arnhem Land (Northern Territory) over the last 30 years.

Wayne will be introduced by Dr Amy Way (Department of Archaeology and the Australian Museum) who will also facilitate questions after the lecture.

About Wayne Brennan

Wayne Brennan

Wayne is an Archaeologist of Gamilaraay decent and has lived and conducted research in the Blue Mountains for over 35 years. He has also worked extensively in western Arnhem land NT, with Professor Paul Taçon and his team in cooperation with the local indigenous people from the Wellington Range.

Wayne has a long-term interest in rock art, both as a rock art specialist and cultural knowledge holder for the Blue Mountains. He also has been a long-term former employee of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, leading Aboriginal Ranger training programmes and has significant experience in rock art monitoring, rock art conservation, interpretation, ecological education and, wildfire management.

He is currently a visiting research fellow with the Australian Museum, Sydney, and a Heritage consultant. Wayne has a passion for rock art conservation, ecology and is strongly committed to his personal growth and the well being of others through connection with country and culture.



Hosted by the Tom Austen Brown Endowment in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI).

The Tom Austen Brown Memorial Lecture was established as part of the Tom Austen Brown Endowment for Australian archaeology at the University of Sydney. The initiative aims to enhance the quality and profile of research and teaching in Australian archaeology at the University of Sydney to facilitate and encourage high quality investigations of the pre-contact past of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples more broadly.


Wednesday 1 September 2021, 6:00-7:00pm


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Sep 01 2021


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm




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