Students become more emotionally engaged with history when it’s presented in an interactive way, research shows.
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Rather than have students memorize names and dates, this history curriculum invites students to grapple with real-life issues faced by people from the past.
1856 map, township of Ballarat.
A.W. Strange Collection
The river wasn’t merely a physical entity – it was a symbol of spiritual and cultural significance, serving as the life force which flows through Country.
Whalers and Old Tom on the hunt
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On New South Wales’ southern coast, First Nations groups and European whalers hunted alongside orcas. But what happened to this unusual group?
For over 100 years, the Victorian school curriculum has failed to give generations of students the chance to learn about Indigenous political movements.
Drawing by an Aboriginal boy, Oscar, of a Native Police operation c.1897 near Camooweal.
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Killing for Country does brilliantly for one group of families what a robust, locally grounded truth-telling process might do for the whole nation.
Joseph Lycett, Aboriginal Australians Spearing Fish and Diving for Shellfish, New South Wales, c. 1817.
National Library of Australia, nla.obj138500727.
Across the continent, diverse, adaptable fishing practices, recipes and rituals were a cornerstone of Indigenous life at the time of first contact – and many remain so to this day.
Stan Grant’s new book, The Queen is Dead, is revealing in terms of his decision to step down from public life. ‘I have been reminded what it is to come from the other side of history,’ he writes.
Portrait of De Lacy Evans and his wife (1870)
State Library Victoria
In the 19th century there was no formal or medical process for gender transition. When people crossed gender categories, they did so socially, sometimes for their entire lifetimes.
Across Australia, there are memorials to white people ‘killed by Natives’. But there is a silence about what led to these attacks, or the reprisal massacres that typically followed.
The sad reality is that if the demands of these early activists had been met nearly a century ago, we would not be suffering the severe disadvantage that hovers over Aboriginal lives still today.
Clockwise from left: Curramulka Community Club, St Francis House, book cover (ABC Books), Flinders University, State Library of New South Wales.
Vince Copley lived a long, impressive life, helping to make a better world for Aboriginal people. Born on a mission in 1936, he died aged 85, just after finishing his memoir, on 10 January 2022.
Neighbours from Tla’amin, K’omoks, Qualicum and Tsimshian Nations gather around the newly.
erected plaque on Xwe’etay honoring the ancestral Indigenous people of the island.
One project on a small island in B.C. is demonstrating how archaeology can bring communities together and serve as a basis for reconciliation.
Tracker Nat, holding his hat on the far left, with Paul Hasluck standing next to him, holding Nat’s shield in this picture from 1958.
National Archives of Australia. NAA: A1200, L28199.
During the 1950s, Nat made hundreds of carvings. Today, many of these are likely to be lying unidentified in people’s homes and in museum basements.
May Nango sharing stories about Mamukala wetlands with her grandson, in 2015.
Anna Florin (courtesy of GAC)
The Kakadu region has gone through immense transformation throughout history. How can archaeological food scraps tell us about how the First Australians adapted?
Breastplate, of metal, engraved ‘McIntyre King of Mannilla’, c.1860–1874. ‘King’ McIntyre (c.1814–74) . Donated by A.W. Wilkins to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 1930.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
The Ancestral Remains of Aboriginal people still lie in British museums or in graves, marked and unmarked.
Afrofuturist’s work is rooted in the desire to transform the present for Black people. Here actor Mouna Traoré in ‘Brown Girl Begins’ (2017) directed by Sharon Lewis set in a post-apocalyptic version of Toronto.
Afrofuturist’s work is rooted in the desire to transform the present for Black people. To do so, they imagine a reality in which Black people are the agents of their own story, countering histories that discount and dismiss them.
Wybalenna, Flinders Island: the Aboriginal settlement 1847.
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Smallpox, tuberculosis, measles, syphilis … a new book describes how recurring epidemics nearly wiped out Australia’s First Peoples.
An aerial view of an Aboriginal stone arrangement in the Channel Country of Central Australia. Such arrangements may be associated with initiation ceremonies and exchange of marriage partners, as well as trade. The main structure is around 30 metres long.
Mithaka Aboriginal Corporation
We have found 140 quarry sites, where rock was excavated to make seed grinding stones, in the Channel Country of Central Australia. It’s part of a major project testing Bruce Pascoe’s hypothesis.
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We now have a glimpse into where early Indigenous Australians likely travelled all those tens of thousands of years ago.
What happens when the distant frontier takes up residence in the family home? How are we to remember our flawed ancestors? A new book grapples with these questions.