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.

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.

What Good Condition? »

Reflections on an Australian Aboriginal Treaty 1986–2006

Edited by: Peter Read, Gary Meyers, Bob Reece
Publication date: December 2006

What Good Condition? collects edited papers, initially delivered at the Treaty Advancing Reconciliation conference, on the proposal for a treaty between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians, a proposal which has been discuss