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01 NOVEMBER 2015

Brett Leavy: The Virtual Meanjin Project

"Brett Leavy is an immersive heritage specialist, virtual historian and artist. His innovative idea to recreate the real environment for mapping Indigenous culture and heritage stems from his passion to educate the community about Indigenous history."

(ABC Open)

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ABC Open • arts and cultural practices • Australian Indigenous communities • Brett Leavycultural heritagecultural identitycultural spacesculture and customs • culture and heritage • First Nationsfloraflora and faunafood gathering activities • guesstimation • historical recreation • Human Ventures • immersive gaming • immersive heritage • immersive heritage experienceIndigenous AustraliansIndigenous communitiesIndigenous cultural knowledge • Indigenous culture • Indigenous heritageindigenous history • Indigenous stories • interactive immersive simulation experience • Jagera people • social enterprise • Turrabull people • virtual environmentvirtual heritage • virtual heritage environments • virtual historian • Virtual Meanjin • virtual recreationvirtual time machineVirtual Warrane ll

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Simon Perkins
12 MAY 2015

Brisbane back from the future

"Have you ever wondered what Brisbane looked like before white settlement? Have you ever wanted to know what's under all that concrete? Brisbanite Brett Leavy can help with that, as he develops a role-playing game (RPG) that simulates the lives of the tribes that once populated our city.

His game will use topographical data and 3D modelling to allow you to explore almost photo-realistic simulations of the CBD, South Bank, West End, Fortitude Valley, Bowen Hills, Woolloongabba and other Brisbane suburbs as they appeared before white settlement.

He recently demonstrated the game at the launch of the PIVOTAL Summit, which will bring together world leaders in spatial information technology, sustainability, climate change and governance in Brisbane next month."

(Rohan Williams, 11 May, 2015, bmag)

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1855 • 2015Aboriginal peopleancient traditionsAustraliaBrett LeavyBrisbanecultural heritage • Dundalli (character) • historical reenactment • hunting and gathering • immersive heritage experienceIndigenous cultural knowledgeindigenous historyindigenous landscapesIndigenous people • indigenous warrior • interactive immersive simulation experiencelandscape • local tribes • photorealistic simulation • PIVOTAL Summit • QueenslandQUT Cube Projectsrole-playing game (RPG)settlementsimulated environment • spatial information technology • survival storytopographical datavirtual experiencevirtual reality projectvirtual recreationwhite settlement

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Simon Perkins
01 APRIL 2014

Battle of Orakau anniversary fuels call for national day of remembrance

English Google translation: "It would be an understatement to say the Prime Minister John Key was challenged today as he attended the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Ōrākau. Hundreds of Maori and Pakeha turned up to support the call to commemorate NZ Land Wars. Therein lies the strength of the challenge to the PM. The time has come for all of NZ, Maori and non–Maori alike, to be counted in honouring our nation's history. For a long time we have commemorated battles fought overseas. We need to start officially commemorating the ones fought in NZ. The PM appears indifferent. Mataatua descendants returned to the site of battle where their ancestors fought.

I'm excited to see so many people here today. Their ancestors came to this site to support the cause and their descendants have now come back today. Today, ancestors who fell in battle on this very site at Orakau 150 years ago were remembered. Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Maniapoto, Waikato, and all of Tainui are grateful to all iwi who have come to Orakau to share in this experience to commemorate all ancestors who died during the Battle of Orakau. The coming together of iwi.

They've been dubbed the 'Orakau 300'. and today it's Orakau 3000 who have arrived to remember their ancestors who died 150 years ago.

Secondary students from a local school have started a petition to make today an official day of remembrance. If the message hasn't sunk in for the PM, Mataatua and Tauranga iwi will remind him at Gate Pa at the end of this month. Potaka Maipi, Te Karere."

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150th anniversary • 2014ancestorsanniversaryAotearoa New Zealand • Battle at Orakau • Battle of Orakau • civil warcolonial historycolonial power • colonial times • colonisationcommemorationconflicthistoryindigenous historyiwiJohn KeyLand WarsMaoriMaori grievancemilitary conflict • national day of remembrance • national heritage • national history • Ngati Maniapoto • Ngati Raukawa • official day of remembrance • Orakau • Pakeharemembrance • Tainui • Waikatowarwhite settlement

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Simon Perkins
29 OCTOBER 2012

Virtual Warrane: An Aboriginal contribution to the vision

"Aboriginal multimedia expert Brett Leavy is exhibiting realistic simulations of Sydney Cove and Circular Quay before the arrival of colonial settlers in the late 18th century.

Using Unity (beta) game engine software, he and a team of modellers, photographers and sound artists have set up at Sydney's colonial-era Customs House a wall of media screens and a video gaming room to educate visitors about the early vegetation, wildlife, fishing and culture of the original residents of what is now the Sydney business district. (Ghostly wireframes of some of the current CBD towers, and the Sydney Opera House, can be navigated as an overlay to the underlying environmental simulation.)"

(Davina Jackson, 8 August 2012, Virtual ANZ)

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Simon Perkins
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