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. Mickey Dewar made a profound contribution to the history of the Northern Territory, which she performed across many genres. 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. Authors in this collection examine the ways that Indigenous people moved and their motivations for doing so. 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. Colonial exploration continues, all too often, to be rendered as heroic narratives of solitary, intrepid explorers and adventurers.
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The history of Indigenous Australians began at least 65, years ago when humans first populated the Australian continent and its islands. The origin of the first humans to populate the southern continent and its nearby islands remains a matter of conjecture and debate. Some anthropologists believe they could have arrived as a result of the earliest human migrations out of Africa.
Although they likely migrated to the territory later named Australia through Southeast Asia , Aboriginal Australians are not demonstrably related to any known Asian or Melanesian population, although Torres Strait Islander people do have a genetic link to some Melanesian populations. There is evidence of genetic and linguistic interchange between Australians in the far north and the Austronesian peoples of modern-day New Guinea and the islands, but this may be the result of recent trade and intermarriage.
At the time of first European contact, many estimates have suggested between , and , people lived in Australia, in diverse groups , but upper estimates place the total population as high as 1.
Dedicated Indigenous representation in the Australian Parliament. in , and the only other Indigenous federal representative to date has been Liberal.
The questions of when people first arrived in Australia and the nature of their dispersal across the continent are subjects of ongoing debate. A lack of ceramic artefacts and permanent structures has resulted in an apparent scarcity of dateable archaeological sites older than about 10, years, yet what evidence there is suggests occupation across much of the continent for 30, or more years. However, the Gunditjmara have lived in this area for much longer than this, and now, using a new volcanic activity dating technique and matching this with physical archaeological evidence and the rich oral traditions of the Gunditjmara people — we have confirmed human habitation in this region at least 34, years ago.
There is a need for independent age constraints to test some of the more controversial ages and add to the sparse age record. The oral traditions of Australian Aboriginal peoples have enabled perpetuation of ecological knowledge across many generations, providing a valuable resource of archaeological information. Some surviving traditions appear to reference geological events such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and meteorite impacts, and it has been proposed that some of these traditions may have been transmitted for thousands of years.
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Literally millions of Australians look for love or lust online. Dating app Tindr, boasts 15 per cent of Australians use its services. Poole says it’s something that she felt was needed in uniting people who share the same culture, values, ideals and dreams. In the three years since the group was created, Aboriginal Connect has been steadily growing in numbers and now hosts almost 5, members, a number that rises daily.
Rio Tinto blasts 46,year-old Aboriginal site to expand iron ore mine. Date: 28 Rio Tinto Loses Australian Indigenous Backing After Blasting Sacred Caves.
To support our nonprofit science journalism, please make a tax-deductible gift today. Long ago, four giant beings arrived in southeast Australia. Three strode out to other parts of the continent, but one crouched in place. His body transformed into a volcano called Budj Bim, and his teeth became the lava the volcano spat out. Now, scientists say this tale—told by the Aboriginal Gunditjmara people of the area—may have some basis in fact. About 37, years ago, Budj Bim and another nearby volcano formed through a rapid series of eruptions, new evidence reveals, suggesting the legend may be the oldest story still being told today.
Until now, the oldest accepted evidence for human occupation dates back no more than about 13, years. The ax shows humans lived there before the eruption because it was found buried beneath the volcanic rocks.
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Australia’s peak Indigenous and non-Indigenous health bodies, To date, almost , Australians have formally pledged their support.
Each year, it seems as if the conversation around changing the date of Australia Day becomes a little louder. For many people, Australia Day means two things: a long weekend and a celebration consisting of booze, a BBQ and soaking up the glorious summer weather. For Indigenous Australians, this is a day of mourning called Invasion Day.
Seeing how this negatively affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders should be enough for white Australians to understand the importance of changing the date. A day, which for the Indigenous community, is painful and traumatic. Australia Day has only been a public holiday and celebrated as a nation consistently for 26 years.
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I’m still single, dating still sucks and I’m starting to wonder: do I just make things more complicated than they need to be? Dating another Aboriginal person is tricky, because in a small region like the Kimberley, there’s every chance we could be related. Yes, tall, dark and handsome still makes me go ‘Mmm…’, but the band Offspring didn’t tell lies when they sang “pretty fly for a white guy”. But before I start getting jiggy with a vanilla slice, my thought bubble bursts and I catch myself thinking, is he attracted to black girls?
And it’s made me wonder — is it only women of colour who question their race when crushing on a white guy? I once flirted with a young man who was a pilot. He constantly asked if we could spend more time together. Later I found out that he’d been calling other Aboriginal people in the area ‘boongs’. Learning this put me in a difficult spot. Was I an experiment?
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Upon seeing them and groaning, I explained my issue. But the problem with Australia Day is that it upsets a lot of people. So this date is very painful. Her answer is a product of the wonderful capacity of young minds to reduce apparently-complicated issues into very simple terms. Arriving at problems, baggage-less, as some children are lucky enough to do, has the advantage of clarity.
The Kimberley region in Western Australia hosts one of the world’s most Here, we report on radiocarbon dating of mud wasp nests, overlying.
Piece of ochre used in what is now Kakadu National Park, 53,—59, years ago. Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory. The date of earliest occupation of the Australian continent is constantly changing. New excavations and improved dating techniques push the date further back into the distant past. Footprints in the sand, artefacts in ancient shelters and items such as this piece of ochre all provide evidence of the vast human history of the continent.
Pleistocene human footprints, Willandra Lakes in southeastern Australia, Photo: Michael Amendolia. Aboriginal people are known to have occupied mainland Australia for at least 65, years. It is widely accepted that this predates the human settlement of Europe and the Americas. Increasingly sophisticated dating methods are helping us gain a more accurate understanding of how people came to be in Australia.
Some of the earliest archaeological sites are found in northern Australia.