Split Colloquium: The 1875 Stefano Shipwreck – Contested Narratives and Contested Identities

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCREEN AND SOUND RESEARCH CENTRE

MURDOCH UNIVERSITY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

IN COLLABORATION WITH THE

SPLIT INSTITUTE FOR ART HISTORY – CENTRE CVITO FISKOVIC

THE UNIVERSITY OF SPLIT

AND IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE

BARQUE STEFANO YINIKURTIRA FOUNDATION

PRESENT

The 1875 Stefano Shipwreck:

Contested Narratives and Contested Identities

Colloquium

Friday & Saturday, 11-12 September 2015

Venue


Centar Cvito Fisković

Kruziceva Ulica 7,

21000 Split

The Stefano shipwreck story invokes a range of contested narratives, contested languages and contested national identities (Aboriginal Australian, Colonial Australian, British, English, Croatian, Austrian, Austro-Hungarian, Italian). One aim of the Colloquium is to explore this cross-cultural story and find out as much as is possible about the sailors on the barque Stefano and about the Aboriginal Australians who helped them survive. The Colloquium builds on the International Scientific Conference Navigating Along the Stefano Trail hosted by University of Dubrovnik (1-3 September) and will also complement two Stefano-related workshops hosted by the Split International Festival of New Film (14-15 September).

The two-day Colloquium consists of six sessions:

DAY     1          FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2015
Session 1 Crisscrossing Alien Mythologies
Session 2 Uses of Enchantment: Hansel and Gretel
Session 3 Alien Categories: Rat’s Nest – Rottnest Island
DAY     2 SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2015
Session 4 Multiculturalism and Ethnocentric Inversions
Session 5 The Resurrection of the Stefano Manuscript
Session 6 Ritual Tribalism and Transnational Subjects

The Colloquium will present recorded interviews with relatives of the following Stefano crew:

Nikola Bačić               RIJEKA. Owner of the barque Stefano and uncle of Miho Bačić.

Nikola Brajević           KONAVLE

Toma Dediol               KUĆIŠTE

Karlo Costa                 DUBROVNIK. Second Captain

Ivan Jurić                    OSKORUŠNO

Nikola Brajević died on the way from the “Fig Tree” Aboriginal Well to the cave under the Black Moon Cliffs at Warroora Station. He died some time between 20-23 January 1876 when his body was found by Miho Bačić and Ivan Jurić. Brajević was buried in sand where he was found on 24 January 1876. Many bones have been found in the nearby sand dunes in recent years although no one has attempted to ascertain if some of these belong to Brajevic as this is also an Aboriginal burial site that should not be disturbed.

Toma Dediol, died on 26 January 1876, most likely in a cave under the Black Moon Cliffs at Warroora Station. He remained unburied for 3 years until 16 November 1879 when he was buried inside the cave where his remains were found by the explorer Edwin Bush. Bush graciously covered the grave with large sea shells. The likely cave site has since collapsed hence the grave site is now inaccessible under rocks and boulders.

The second Captain Karlo Costa, died on 13 January 1876 most likely in a cave under the Black Moon Cliffs at Warroora Station. He was buried in the sand near the cave and some 10 paces away from it. It is doubtful that any of his remains could still be found as these would have perished long time ago by the action of tidal sea water and surf.

Ivan Jurić survived the Stefano shipwreck. He spent the remaining years of his life in Oskorušno on the peninsula of Pelješac.

Registration

If you wish to register for this Colloquium please e-mail:

J.Petkovic@murdoch.edu.au

Dr Josko Petkovic, Director NASS Research Centre, Murdoch University.

 

Colloquium Program

 

DAY 1

Friday 11 September   2015

Venue:

Lecture room of the centre Studia
Mediterranea

Poljana kraljice Jelene 3/III – Peristil

9:30-10:00  COFFEE AND REGISTATION
10:00-10:15 Welcome To Split
Session 1: Crisscrossing Alien Mythologies

Chair: Martin Mhando

10:15-11:00 Frame On Dreaming (film, 29 Min, 1984), dir. Josko Petkovic
11:00-12:00 Wadjemup: Black Prison – White Playground  (digital recording, 50 Min, 2014), dir. Glen Stasiuk
12:00-12:15 “Tomo Dediol”: An interview with a relative
12:15-12:45 Plenary 1: Crisscrossing Alien Mythologies
 12:45-1:30  LUNCH
Session 2: The Uses of Enchantment: Hansel & Gretel
1:30-2:45 Panel: Joško Petković and Stjepan  Orhanović
“Nikola Brajević”: An interview with a relative
“Ivan Jurić”: Interviews with three relatives
2:45-3:15 Plenary 2: The Uses of Enchantment
 3:15-3:45  COFFEE
Session 3: Alien Categories: Rat’s Nest – Rottnest Island

Chair: David Andrich

3:45-4:15 “Anton Splivalo” : An interview with Dediol relative
Ivanka Sokol: Enemy Aliens: Dalmatian Internment in Australia 1915 – 1919
4:15-4:45 Plenary 3: Alien Categories

DAY 2

Saturday 12 September 2015

Venue:

Centar Cvito Fisković

Kruziceva Ulica 7,

21000 Split

 Session 4: Multiculturalism and Ethnocentric Inversions
Chair: Greg Batty
10:00-10:30 Martin Mhando: “Swahili: Contested Narratives and Contested Identities”
10:30-11:00 Robert Bucat: “A Wonderful Game”
11:00-11:30 “Nikola Bačić”: Interviews with two relatives
11:30-12:00 Plenary 4: Multiculturalism and Ethnocentric Inversions
 12:00 1:00  LUNCH
Session 5: The Resurrection of the Stefano Manuscript
Chair: Bob Bucat
1:00-1:30 “Karlo Costa”: An interview with a relative
1:30-2:00 Josko Petković: “The Stefano Manuscript Timeline”
2:00-2:30 Plenary 5: Stefano Manuscript: Contested Narratives
 2:30-3:30 COFFEE & ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Session 6: Ritual Tribalism and Transnational Subjects
Chair: Ivanka Sokol
3:30-4:00 Greg Batty: “Contested Conceptualization: Remembering, Reconstructing and Reimagining the Stories of the Stefano
4:00-4:30 Plenary 6: Ritual Tribalism and Transnational Subjects
 4:30-5:30  DRINKS

    

BACKGROUND:

 

The remote Western Australia Ningaloo Coast is one of the most impressive coastlines in the world. It contains the longest fringe coral reef in Australia and its pristine beauty is protected by a series of marine parks. In June 2011 the World Heritage Committee declared the Ningaloo Coast to be on the World Heritage List.

In 1875, when this coastline was still largely unexplored by Europeans, it became the setting for a most dramatic shipwreck story involving the stranded mariners from the Croatian barque Stefano (sailing under the Austro-Hungarian flag) and the coastal Yinikurtira Australians. Of the seventeen Stefano crew, only two survived the six-month ordeal. The two mariners, Miho Bačić and Ivan Jurić, survived by joining a group of Yinikurtira nomads and living with them for three months until 18 April 1876 when they were picked up by Charles Tuckey in his cutter Jessie.

The full details of this story were kept secret for over 120 years and became widely known only in 1990 when Gustave Rathe, the grandson of Miho Bačić, published his book The Wreck of the Barque Stefano off the North West Coast of Australia (Hesperian Press). The book itself was an adaptation of the secret manuscript completed shortly after the two shipwrecked sailors returned home to Dubrovnik and with the help of Canon Stjepan Škurla. The 276-page manuscript, written in Italian, was subsequently passed on by Bačić and his family to their descendants. The manuscript came with a map on which the alphabetical points A to Z depicted the locations where the castaways had travelled with their Indigenous helpers. This journey neatly overlaps today’s World Heritage-listed Ningaloo coastline.

The Stefano Shipwreck website can be found at:

http://imjournal.murdoch.edu.au/im-issue-3-2007/

The translated manuscript can be found at:

http://imjournal.murdoch.edu.au/?media_dl=435

The Stefano shipwreck story invokes a range of contested narratives, contested languages and contested national identities (Aboriginal Australian, Colonial Australian, British, English, Croatian, Austrian, Austro-Hungarian, Italian). One aim of the Colloquium is to explore this cross-cultural story and find out as much as is possible about the sailors on the barque Stefano and about the Aboriginal Australians who helped them survive. The Colloquium builds on the International Scientific Conference Navigating Along the Stefano Trail hosted by University of Dubrovnik (1-3 September) and will also complement two Stefano-related workshops hosted by the Split International Festival of New Film (14-15 September). The Colloquium will be an opportunity to present new information on the Stefano crew that included mariners from the following localities:

RIJEKA Martin Osoinak, First Mate
RIJEKA Gregor Pavisić, Quartermaster
RIJEKA Fortuna Bučić, Quartermaster
MALI LOŠINJ Josip Perančić
MALI LOŠINJ Domenik Antončić, Ship’s Carpenter
KUĆIŠTE Toma Dediol
POTOMJE Ivan Pavlo Radović
OSKORUŠNO Ivan Jurić
GRUŽ Baldasar Vukasinović
DUBROVNIK Karlo Costa, Second Captain
DUBROVNIK Ivan Lovrinović, Second Mate
DUBROVNIK Vlaho Miloslavić, Captain
DUBROVNIK Miho Bačić, Cadet
KONAVLE Nikola Brajević
DOBROTA Bozidar Vulović
KOTOR Mato Zanetović, Cook
CARDIFF, WALES Henry Groiss, Cabin Boy 

 

Organising Committee

Joško Petković, Murdoch University

Mirko Sardelić, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Stjepan Orhanović, University of Split

We gratefully acknowledge assistance and support from:

Professor Joško Belamarić, Director, Institute for Art History, Centre Cvito Fisković

and Professor  Aleksandar Jakir, Dean, Faculty of Humanities, University of Split

                 

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