Georgia Knight

Georgia Knight
Georgia Knight in the First Peoples exhibition at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
Source: Museum Victoria

Collection Registration Officer, Indigenous Collections

Georgia Knight is responsible for the registration of the Ethnohistory Collection, as part of the Museum wide Legacy Registration program.

Background

Georgia has an Honours degree in Anthropology and a Masters of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne. She completed a component of her Masters at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Georgia also volunteered at the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde in Leiden preparing their Indigenous Australian collections for online access and researching and writing object and collection narratives.

Georgia is particularly interested in the role of oral history as an avenue for learning more about cultural material and she is an advocate of community access to museum collections. This interest led Georgia to begin her career at Museum Victoria in 2006 when she conducted audience evaluations for the Bunjilaka exhibition as part of her Honours thesis. During her Masters, she completed a joint internship with the museum and the Ian Potter Museum of Art in 2008.

Georgia continued to volunteer with the Indigenous Collections at the museum up until 2010 when she was employed as a research assistant. Her role contributed to the delivery of the museum’s component of an ARC pilot project, the Museum Metadata Exchange, by researching and writing key collection narratives. Georgia also worked with a Maori artist and academic to research and write narratives about the museum’s Maori collections for the Google Art Project.

Current activities

Since 2011, Georgia has been responsible for the registration, rehousing, research and image capture of the unregistered component of the photographic material within the Ethnohistory Collection. The scope of this collection includes historical and contemporary photographs, manuscripts and audiovisual material from Indigenous communities across Australia and the world. Georgia also assisted with the digitisation of the south-eastern Australian photographic collection which included the condition assessment of the format, digitisation and data enhancement for approximately 6,000 images.

In 2013, Georgia was seconded to work on the First Peoples exhibition as curator, and subsequently as the overall coordinator of the ‘Generations’ section, an audiovisual and photographic display of Koorie people. Working closely with a Cultural Liaison Officer, she recorded oral histories to accompany images in the displays and obtained cultural permissions for use of photographs and quotes. Georgia developed the interviews into the exhibition content bringing knowledge of the museum’s collections, databases and processes to the project.