Aboriginal History Monographs

Aboriginal History monographs present studies on particular themes or regions, or a series of articles on single subjects of contemporary interest.

Please note: The following list of titles is sorted by publication date, with the most recent first.

The Lives of Stories »

Three Aboriginal-Settler Friendships

Authored by: Emma Dortins
Publication date: December 2018

The Lives of Stories traces three stories of Aboriginal–settler friendships that intersect with the ways in which Australians remember founding national stories, build narratives for cultural revival, and work on reconciliation and self-d


Indigenous Mobilities »

Across and Beyond the Antipodes

Edited by: Rachel Standfield
Publication date: June 2018

This edited collection focuses on Aboriginal and Māori travel in colonial contexts. Authors in this collection examine the ways that Indigenous people moved and their motivations for doing so.


The Contest for Aboriginal Souls »

European missionary agendas in Australia

Authored by: Regina Ganter
Publication date: May 2018

This book covers the missionary activity in Australia conducted by non-English speaking missionaries from Catholic and Protestant mission societies from its beginnings to the end of the mission era.


Brokers and boundaries »

Colonial exploration in Indigenous territory

Publication date: April 2016

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.


In Defence of Country »

Life Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Servicemen and Women

Authored by: Noah Riseman
Publication date: January 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been protecting country since time immemorial. One way they have continued these traditions in recent times is through service in the Australian military, both overseas and within Australia.


Indigenous Intermediaries »

New perspectives on exploration archives

Publication date: September 2015

This edited collection understands exploration as a collective effort and experience involving a variety of people in diverse kinds of relationships.


Long History, Deep Time »

Deepening Histories of Place

Publication date: August 2015

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.


Settler Colonial Governance in Nineteenth-Century Victoria »

Publication date: April 2015

This collection represents a serious re-examination of existing work on the Aboriginal history of nineteenth-century Victoria, deploying the insights of postcolonial thought to wrench open the inner workings of territorial expropriation and its hi


In the Eye of the Beholder »

What Six Nineteenth-century Women Tell Us About Indigenous Authority and Identity

Authored by: Barbara Dawson
Publication date: November 2014

This book offers a fresh perspective in the debate on settler perceptions of Indigenous Australians.


Indigenous and Minority Placenames »

Australian and International Perspectives

Publication date: August 2014

This book showcases current research into Indigenous and minority placenames in Australia and internationally.


Dharmalan Dana »

An Australian Aboriginal man’s 73-year search for the story of his Aboriginal and Indian ancestors

Publication date: April 2014

A Yorta Yorta man’s 73-year search for the story of his Aboriginal and Indian ancestors including his Indian Grampa who, as a real mystery man, came to Yorta Yorta country in Australia, from Mauritius, in 1881 and went on to leave an incredible le


Making Change Happen »

Black and White Activists talk to Kevin Cook about Aboriginal, Union and Liberation Politics

Authored by: Kevin Cook, Heather Goodall
Publication date: September 2013

This book is a unique window into a dynamic time in the politics and history of Australia. The two decades from 1970 to the Bicentennial in 1988 saw the emergence of a new landscape in Australian Indigenous politics.


Edward M. Curr and the Tide of History »

Authored by: Samuel Furphy
Publication date: March 2013

Edward M. Curr (1820–89) was a pastoralist, horse trader, stock inspector, Aboriginal administrator, author and ethnologist.


Black Gold »

Aboriginal People on the Goldfields of Victoria, 1850-1870

Authored by: Fred Cahir
Publication date: September 2012

Fred Cahir tells the story about the magnitude of Aboriginal involvement on the Victorian goldfields in the middle of the nineteenth century.


Country, Native Title and Ecology »

Edited by: Jessica K Weir
Publication date: March 2012

Country, native title and ecology all converge in this volume to describe the dynamic intercultural context of land and water management on Indigenous lands.


'I Succeeded Once' »

The Aboriginal Protectorate on the Mornington Peninsula, 1839–1840

Authored by: Marie Hansen Fels
Publication date: May 2011

In ‘I Succeeded Once’ – The Aboriginal Protectorate on the Mornington Peninsula, 1839-1840, Marie Fels makes the work of William Thomas accessible to anthropologists, archaeologists, historians and the descendants of the Aboriginal people


In Good Faith? »

Governing Indigenous Australia through God, Charity and Empire, 1825-1855

Authored by: Jessie Mitchell
Publication date: January 2011

In the early decades of the 19th century, Indigenous Australians suffered devastating losses at the hands of British colonists, who largely ignored their sovereignty and even their humanity.


Passionate Histories »

Myth, memory and Indigenous Australia

Publication date: September 2010

This book examines the emotional engagements of both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people with Indigenous history.


Racial Folly »

A Twentieth-Century Aboriginal Family

Authored by: Gordon Briscoe
Publication date: February 2010

Briscoe’s grandmother remembered stories about the first white men coming to the Northern Territory.


Aboriginal Placenames »

Naming and re-naming the Australian landscape

Publication date: October 2009

Aboriginal approaches to the naming of places across Australia differ radically from the official introduced Anglo-Australian system.


The Two Rainbow Serpents Travelling »

Mura track narratives from the ‘Corner Country’

Authored by: Jeremy Beckett, Luise Hercus
Publication date: September 2009

The ‘Corner Country’, where Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales now converge, was in Aboriginal tradition crisscrossed by the tracks of the mura, ancestral beings, who named the country as they travelled, linking place to language.


Indigenous Biography and Autobiography »

Publication date: December 2008

In this absorbing collection of papers Aboriginal, Maori, Dalit and western scholars discuss and analyse the difficulties they have faced in writing Indigenous biographies and autobiographies.


Transgressions »

Critical Australian Indigenous histories

Edited by: Ingereth Macfarlane, Mark Hannah
Publication date: December 2007

This volume brings together an innovative set of readings of complex interactions between Australian Aboriginal people and colonisers.


Culture in Translation »

The anthropological legacy of R. H. Mathews

Edited by: Martin Thomas
Publication date: September 2007

R. H. Mathews (1841–1918) was an Australian-born surveyor and self-taught anthropologist. From 1893 until his death in 1918, he made it his mission to record all ‘new and interesting facts’ about Aboriginal Australia.


'The Axe Had Never Sounded' »

Place, people and heritage of Recherche Bay, Tasmania

Authored by: John Mulvaney
Publication date: August 2007

‘This book meets well the triple promise of the title – the inter-connections of place, people and heritage. John Mulvaney brings to this work a deep knowledge of the history, ethnography and archaeology of Tasmania.


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