On Taungurung Land: sharing history and culture
This publication is the first monograph to examine how the Taungurung Nation of central Victoria negotiated with protectors and pastoralists to retain possession of their own country for as long as possible. The book shares generational knowledge, in order to revitalise relationships to place and...
Linking Indigenous communities with regional development: Australia overview
This report discusses key issues in demography, governance and policy, as they relate to Indigenous peoples in Australia. It focuses on the ‘governance of government’, including the difficult institutional environment that many Indigenous communities and organisations face.
Fact Check: Scott Morrison says the colony of New South Wales was founded on the basis there would be no slavery. Is he correct?
Is it correct that there was no slavery in Australia when NSW was founded as a colony? The verdict: Mr Morrison's claim checks out.
Historical trauma and whānau violence
This discussion explores historical trauma and the impact of whānau violence on Māori. In this paper, when the authors speak of whānau violence, they are speaking to both the violence perpetrated by colonisation and the State upon whānau, and the violence that occurs within and...
Tulagi: Pacific outpost of British Empire
A new history of the Tulagi enclave provides an understanding of the origins of modern Solomon Islands. Tulagi was also a significant outpost of the British Empire in the Pacific, which enables a close analysis of race, sex and class and the process of British...
Indigenous performance in Oceania: affect, sociality, and sovereignty
How are affective regimes of colonialism, such as the discourses and sites of memorialization, recognition, tourism, and climate change, challenged and negotiated within Oceania? What is at stake in these formations of colonialism and the ways they have been addressed by both Pacific nations and...
This report presents an independent policy and law analysis of the situation faced by French Polynesia and its peoples, who remain under the effective administrative and political control of France.
Indigenous mobilities: across and beyond the Antipodes
This edited collection examines Aboriginal and Māori travel in colonial contexts.
Australia Day 2017: change the date mate?
The majority of Australians don’t want to change the date of Australia Day, see us become a republic or change the national flag, according to a survey conducted following the recent controversies of Australia Day 2017.
It’s time for a new “unifying moment”
Evidence suggests that Australians aren’t strongly wedded to celebrating a national day on 26 January.
Telling it like it is: Aboriginal perspectives on race and race relations
Overview This project aims to provide an evidence base for attitudinal change, to develop new strategies for racial harmony, and to improve the way services are provided to Aboriginal people. The project team collected data from nearly 200 in-depth interviews with 44 respondents from a...
Brokers and boundaries: colonial exploration in indigenous territory
Overview Colonial exploration continues, all too often, to be rendered as heroic narratives of solitary, intrepid explorers and adventurers. This edited collection contributes to scholarship that is challenging that persistent mythology. With a focus on Indigenous brokers, such as guides, assistants and mediators, it highlights...
Journeys into the rainforest: archaeology of culture change and continuity on the Evelyn Tableland, North Queensland
This monograph presents the results of archaeological research that takes a longitudinal approach to interpreting and understanding Aboriginal–European contact. It focuses on a small but unique area of tropical rainforest in far north Queensland’s Wet Tropics Bioregion.
The First Fleet piano: a musician’s view. Volume one
During the late eighteenth century, a musical–cultural phenomenon swept the globe. The English square piano—invented in the early 1760s by an entrepreneurial German guitar maker in London—not only became an indispensable part of social life, but also inspired the creation of an expressive and scintillating...
They came to Murramarang: a history of Murramarang, Kioloa and Bawley Point
Bruce Hamon’s They Came to Murramarang, first published in 1994, provides a unique combination of local history and personal recollections from a writer who witnessed the transformation of the Murramarang region from the timber era to modern times. This new edition retains the original character...
Indigenous intermediaries: new perspectives on exploration archives
Overview This edited collection understands exploration as a collective effort and experience involving a variety of people in diverse kinds of relationships. It engages with the recent resurgence of interest in the history of exploration by focusing on the various indigenous intermediaries – Jacky Jacky...
Long history, deep time: deepening histories of place
Overview The vast shape-shifting continent of Australia enables us to take a long view of history. We consider ways to cross the great divide between the deep past and the present. Australia’s human past is not a short past, so we need to enlarge the...
Political life writing in the Pacific
This book aims to reflect on the experiential side of writing political lives in the Pacific region.
Chiefly leadership in Fiji: past, present, and future
Abstract: This paper provides an account of the rise and fall of chiefly leadership and the apparent ebbing of a longstanding ideology of traditionalism among indigenous Fijians in the context of national politics and of the claims made in the name of indigenous nationalism. It...
Fatal shore or land of opportunity?
Overview: This volume brings together two presentations and the introductions from an event hosted by the Centre for Independent Studies and exploring the frames of reference from which to view the colonisation of Australia by the First Fleet. Andrew Tink AM, author of Lord Sydney...
‘To the last man’—Australia’s entry to war in 1914
This paper examines the extent of an independent Australian foreign policy prior to World War I, why Britain’s declaration of war was considered to automatically include Australia, and the role of the parliament in committing Australia to war. Introduction On 31 July 1914 in an...
Tjibaou’s Kanak: ethnic identity as New Caledonia prepares its future
This paper examines the progression of concepts of indigenous ethnic identity and nationalism in New Caledonia within the context of French colonisation.
Opening up to our Pacific neighbours
This working paper takes a historical look at Australia's Pacific policy, and makes suggestions for change.
Changing narratives: colonised peoples, criminology and social work
Abstract: There is growing recognition in criminology and social work of the importance of Indigenous knowledges and methodologies. Yet to date there have been limited attempts (particularly in criminology and criminal justice social work) to consider the theoretical and practice implications of Indigenous understandings and...
Re-orienting the postcolonial: responding to the South, working in the North
Taking bearings from critical currents of thought in south Asia and black Africa and beyond, this paper discusses some of the differences in how postcolonialism is read from place to place in the light of local politics and culture. The paper makes a case for...