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Australian history

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Guide

Our way: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols

In 2021, the National Archives of Australia announced new protocols to guide its Indigenous community engagement and records management. These protocols aim to develop a culturally competent organisation that will facilitate trust between the National Archives and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Fact sheet

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.
Discussion paper

The opinions of Indigenous Australians viewed through a population lens: the Reconciliation Barometer

This paper examines an analytical/empirical approach to representing ‘Indigenous Australians’ – the biennial survey known as the Reconciliation Barometer (RB). It explores the RB’s revelation of the diversity of Indigenous opinion about two matters relevant to reconciliation: whether there is trust between Indigenous and non-Indigenous...
Book

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...
Thesis

Aliens in their own land: 'Alien' and the rule of law in colonial and post-federation Australia

This thesis argues that the ‘rule of law’ was not followed in colonial and post-federation Australia in relation to a fundamental principle of the common law.
Report

Cancelled! How ideological cleansing threatens Australia

Like all modern societies, Australia has to understand, interpret and learn from its history. In this paper, Peter Kurti argues that we must be sure to protect our country, our communities and our citizens from the three dangers posed by cancel culture — the corrosion...
Article

Tall ship tales: oral accounts illuminate past encounters and objects, but we need to get our story straight

Researchers reflect on what happened when Captain James Cook arrived in the Pacific 250 years ago, and how it shapes Australians today.
Article

‘I spoke about Dreamtime, I ticked a box’: teachers say they lack confidence to teach Indigenous perspectives

Many teachers don’t feel confident or capable to include Indigenous perspectives in their classrooms. However, curriculums are needing Indigenous perspectives beyond tokenistic inclusion.
Website

Timeline of trauma and healing in Australia

This timeline looks at some of the events, trauma and healing that’s taken place in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over the last two and a half centuries. The dates in this timeline are a selection representing the breadth of events that have occurred...
Report

Telling Australia's story - and why it's important: report on the inquiry into Canberra's national institutions

This report reflects the outcomes of the inquiry into Canberra’s national institutions, which examined their strategic value, their engagement with the Australian people, and their governance and resourcing challenges.