Dr Fred Cahir is a Senior Lecturer and Aboriginal Studies Program Coordinator in the School of Education and Arts at Federation University, Australia. He is also a co-Director of the ‘Australian History Research Centre’ and is the Program Coordinator of ‘Australian History Higher Degree by Research’ at Federation University. A 2013 Australian Award for University Teaching [Office for Learning and Teaching] was awarded to Fred for ‘designing imaginative and authentic learning experiences which empower Indigenous studies students’.
His Masters and PhD focused on local Victorian Aboriginal history and he publishes widely in this field. His PhD and subsequent book ‘Black Gold: the role of Aboriginal people on the Gold Fields of Victoria’ was awarded the Australian National University & Australian Historical Association 2008 Alan Martin Award for ‘a PhD Thesis which has made a significant contribution to the field of Australian history’.
Two of Fred’s recent publications: ‘Black Gold’ [ANU E-Press]and ‘The Historic Importance of the Dingo in Aboriginal Society in Victoria’ [Journal of the International Society for Anthrozoology] were awarded commendations in the 2013 Victorian Community History Awards. Fred’s latest co-edited book with Professor Ian Clark is ‘The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills: Forgotten Narratives’ (2013), an outcome of an ARC Linkage Grant (2011).
Fred is currently working on several books including ‘Aboriginal Protector’s Children: Their Contribution to Aboriginal Studies’; ‘Victorian Aboriginal Ecological Knowledge’ and ‘A History of the Wathawurrung’.
Some of his current Public roles include: Editorial Board member of the Journal of the Public Records Office of Victoria, Geographic Place Names Advisory Panel [VIC} and Aboriginal History Advisor at Sovereign Hill Museum.