Aboriginal History

Aboriginal History Inc. is a publishing organisation based in the Australian Centre for Indigenous History, Research School of Social Science, The Australian National University, Canberra. It publishes the annual refereed journal Aboriginal History and a monograph series, and administers the Sally White – Diane Barwick Award.

Since 1977 the journal Aboriginal History has pioneered interdisciplinary historical studies of Australian Aboriginal people’s and Torres Strait Islander’s interactions with non-Indigenous peoples. It has promoted publication of Indigenous oral traditions, biographies, languages, archival and bibliographic guides, previously unpublished manuscript accounts, critiques of current events, and research and reviews in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, sociology, linguistics, demography, law, geography and cultural, political and economic history.

The Lives of Stories »

Three Aboriginal–Settler Friendships

Authored by: Emma Dortins
Monday, 3 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
Thursday, 7 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
Tuesday, 1 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.


Aboriginal History Journal: Volume 41 »

Edited by: Ingereth Macfarlane, Liz Conor
Friday, 1 December, 2017

The articles in Volume 41 bring to light historical sources from the colonial frontier in Tasmania (Nicholas Brodie and Kristyn Harman) and South Australia (Skye Kirchauff) to provoke reassessments of colonial attitudes and expectations.


Aboriginal History Journal: Volume 40 »

Edited by: Liz Conor
Thursday, 1 December, 2016

In this volume, Katharine Booth and Lisa Ford present the details of a watershed Northern Territory legal decision. Angela Lapham challenges our understanding of the term ‘assimilation’ in her study of Stanley Middleton.


Brokers and boundaries »

Colonial exploration in Indigenous territory

Friday, 1 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
Friday, 1 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.


Aboriginal History Journal: Volume 39 »

Edited by: Liz Conor
Tuesday, 1 December, 2015

Volume 39 presents a special section on Aboriginal war service, edited by Allison Cadzow, Kristyn Harman and Noah Riseman.


Indigenous Intermediaries »

New perspectives on exploration archives

Tuesday, 1 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

Saturday, 1 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 »

Wednesday, 1 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


Aboriginal History Journal: Volume 38 »

Edited by: Shino Konishi
Thursday, 1 January, 2015

Volume 38 features a special section on Western Australian Aboriginal history. Clint Bracknell translates and contextualises nineteenth-century Noongar songs.


In the Eye of the Beholder »

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

Authored by: Barbara Dawson
Saturday, 1 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

Friday, 1 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

Tuesday, 1 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


Aboriginal History Journal: Volume 37 »

Edited by: Shino Konishi
Sunday, 1 December, 2013

In this volume, Tracey Banivanua Mar’s analysis of three moments of Indigenous protest in Tahiti, Victoria and New Zealand presents a new transnational history of indigenous political agency in the 1840s.


Making Change Happen »

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

Authored by: Kevin Cook, Heather Goodall
Sunday, 1 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
Friday, 1 March, 2013

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


Aboriginal History Journal: Volume 36 »

Tuesday, 1 January, 2013

In this volume, Bain Attwood details the personalities and the politics surrounding the foundation and early years of the Aboriginal History journal and the intellectual stakes involved in the various disputes that emerged.


Black Gold »

Aboriginal People on the Goldfields of Victoria, 1850-1870

Authored by: Fred Cahir
Saturday, 1 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
Thursday, 1 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.


Aboriginal History Journal: Volume 35 »

Tuesday, 1 November, 2011

In this volume, Grace Karskens extends her cross-cultural research on early colonial New South Wales by focusing on the uses of European clothing by Aboriginal men.


'I Succeeded Once' »

The Aboriginal Protectorate on the Mornington Peninsula, 1839–1840

Authored by: Marie Hansen Fels
Sunday, 1 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


Aboriginal History Journal: Volume 34 »

Saturday, 1 January, 2011

In this volume, Mitchell Rolls reconsiders the question of silence in Aboriginal history by examining a wide range of literature on Indigenous themes, which was produced during the period dubbed by W.E.H.


In Good Faith? »

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

Authored by: Jessie Mitchell
Saturday, 1 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.


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