Keynote Speakers

Patrick Dodson

Senator for Western Australia & Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

Patrick Dodson is a Yawuru man from Broome in Western Australia. He has dedicated his life work to being an advocate for constructive relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples based on mutual respect, understanding and dialogue. He is a recipient of the Sydney International Peace prize.
Patrick has extensive experience in Aboriginal Affairs, previously as Director of the Central and Kimberley Land Councils and as a Commissioner in the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. He also served as inaugural Chair of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and as Co-Chair of the Expert Panel for Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Prior to his endorsement by the Australian Labor Party as a Western Australian Senator in March 2016, Patrick was a member of the ANU Council, Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame (Broome) and Co-Chair of the National Referendum Council.
Patrick Dodson is currently the Co-Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2018.


Jane Lydon

Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History, The University of Western Australia

Professor Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at The University of Western Australia. Her research centres upon Australia’s colonial past and its legacies in the present. Her work in partnership with European museums and Aboriginal communities has produced a website portal that provides access to historical photograph collections at: Most recently she has co-edited (with Lyndall Ryan) Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre (NewSouth, 2018), and edited Visualising Human Rights (UWA Publishing, 2018) which examines the cultural impact of the framework of human rights through visual culture:

Donna Oxenham

Researcher, State Library of Western Australia

Donna Oxenham is a Yamajti woman and a descendant of the Malgana people of Shark Bay in the northwest of Western Australia.

Donna has worked with Indigenous people, groups and organisations throughout Western Australia, and the broader Australian Indigenous community, particularly within the field of arts, history, cultural heritage and native title. Of particular significance, Donna was employed by the Berndt Museum of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia from 2000-2002 to facilitate the digitisation, restoration and repatriation of Indigenous photographic collections. Donna was able to continue her work with Indigenous photographic collections through her work on the Australian Research Council funded, Returning Photos Project from 2009 through to 2017, also based at the University of Western Australia. This project facilitated the return of Indigenous photographic collections from four European institutions back to Indigenous communities around Australia.

Through her positions, tertiary studies and her research fellowship, Donna has gained considerable experience working with the community on projects involving Indigenous photographic archives, families and communities.


Keir Winesmith

Chief Technology Officer at Old Ways, New, Professor of Practice at UNSW Art & Design and principal at Winesmith Digital Studio

Keir Winesmith currently wears three hats. He’s Chief Technology Officer at Old Ways, New, Professor of Practice at UNSW Art & Design, and Principal at Winesmith Digital Studio. He recently returned to Sydney after 5 years as the Head of Web + Digital and then Director of Digital Experience at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Prior to SFMOMA, he led the digital efforts of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and worked at the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). He’s produced and collaborated on award winning projects that blend digital and culture in Australia, Europe and the US and has been appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, BBC, ABC, Radio New Zealand, WIRED magazine and many others. In 2018 he was named in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for his work in this area.

Professor Winesmith frequently writes and speaks about the intersection of digital, culture and place, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Museum Computer Network.