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An archaeologist tells the story of how she and her colleagues discovered a traditional Irish village, a clachan, in a South Australian field – the first confirmed clachan found outside Ireland.
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Nimbin before and after: local voices on how the 1973 Aquarius Festival changed a town forever.
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The stories shared with you today are drawn from consultations and interviews with more than 60 Nimbin residents, Aquarius Festival participants and Indigenous elders.
The stories I share with you today are drawn from consultations and interviews with more than 60 Nimbin residents, Aquarius Festival participants and Indigenous elders.
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