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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Appointments to National Museum of Australia and Australian National Maritime Museum Councils

Media release
13 January 2009

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Minister for the Arts Peter Garrett today announced the appointment of Professor Andrea Hull AO to the Council of the National Museum of Australia for a three-year term.

Mr Garrett also announced that Mr Peter Harvie and Dr Julia Horne have been appointed to the Council of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

The Minister said Professor Hull would bring considerable expertise and experience in arts administration and cultural policy to the National Museum.

Professor Hull has more than 30 years’ experience as a senior policy officer, arts administrator and policy consultant. She was executive director of the Western Australian Department for the Arts 1988–1995, and has been director of the Victorian College of the Arts since then.

In 2003 she was awarded the Order of Australia for services to the arts, arts education and cultural policy.

Mr Peter Harvie has accepted a three-year term on the Council of the Australian National Maritime Museum. Mr Harvie’s extensive experience in media and marketing will bring an invaluable contribution to the Council.

Chairman of Austereo Group Limited since 1997, Mr Harvie had previously managed the Triple M network. He has considerable experience as a company director, serving on the boards of Village Roadshow Limited, the Mazda Foundation Limited and Art Exhibitions Australia Limited.

Dr Julia Horne, also appointed for three years to the Australian National Maritime Museum, has been University Historian at the University of Sydney since 2002. She has lectured and tutored at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and is the former head and senior researcher of the Oral History Program in the UNSW Archives.

Dr Horne’s areas of interest include the history of travel, tourism and natural landscapes in Australia. She has published several monographs, as well as articles in scholarly and trade journals, and book reviews.


The National Museum of Australia in Canberra is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and his contribution to Australia and the world, by hosting a major exhibition on his life and achievements until 29 March 2009. 

The Australian National Maritime Museum, at Darling Harbour in Sydney, manages and develops the National Maritime Collection and carries visiting exhibitions. Vaka Moana - Voyages of the Ancestors is currently on show, toured by New Zealand’s Auckland Museum (Tamaki Paenga Hira). Free admission until 15 February 2009. 

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