Over the past few years I have been fortunate to be part of a team of people working on an
exhibition at the British Museum. The curator of the exhibition is Gaye Sculthorpe, Curator of
Oceania at the Museum. Lissant Bolton, Keeper of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, came up
with the exhibition title, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation. The word civilization had
been part of our discussions all along and her wording resolved any doubt we might have had.
Civilization came to mind because it was the British Museum, because of Ancient Greece and
Rome, because of Oriental Civilization, because of Kenneth Clarke, and in my case because of
the title of the book A Black Civilization by the anthropologist W. Lloyd Warner.