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Found: the earliest European image of Aboriginal Australians

"New Hollanders” depicted in a 1698 edition of the explorer William Dampier’s journal. Courtesy of the Pacific Collection, Hamilton Library, University of Hawai'i-Mānoa The earliest found European image of Aboriginal Australians,engraved in 1698, depicts...
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Tony Albert’s politically charged kitsch collection confronts our racist past

Tony Albert Girramay/Yidinji/Kuku Yalanji peoples. Australia Qld/NSW b.1981. Mid Century Modern (series) 2016. Pigment prints | 24 works: 100 x 100cm (each) Collection: The artist. Courtesy: Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney The collector dreams his way not only...
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A modern and united Australia must shift its national day from January 26

We must change the date of Australia Day again again if we want to achieve a national day that unifies all Australians. Increased momentum around changing the date of Australia Day reflects a growing...
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The ring trees of Victoria’s Watti Watti people are an extraordinary part of our...

 Ring trees were made by binding young branches of young trees with reeds. As the tree grew,it formed a ring. Tim Church/Timmy Church Films. In the forests of Watti Watti Country of north-west Victoria, you can find...
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Rediscovered: the Aboriginal names for ten Melbourne suburbs

Melbourne in 1846: a view from Collingwood. T. E. Prout. State Library of Victoria Ten previously forgotten Aboriginal names for 19th century sites and suburbs of Melbourne have been recently unearthed at the Melbourne Museum....
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Traditional Aboriginal healers should work alongside doctors to help close the gap

Indigenous Australians have a strong relationship with the natural world. from shutterstock.com The wellbeing of Indigenous people is based around having the freedom and resources to practise cultural ways of being. While some of these...
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Explainer: the seasonal ‘calendars’ of Indigenous Australia

Lalin in Western Australia is   ‘married turtle season’. Brian Gratwicke/Flickr On Wangkumarra land, in the corner-country near the borders of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, stands an ancient stone arrangement. It has...
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Indigenous voices are speaking loudly on social media but racism endures

Drawing by Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND Social media are a vital resource for Indigenous Australians, connecting them to community and culture, helping identify those at risk of suicide or self-harm, and offering a powerful outlet...

The long and complicated history of Aboriginal involvement in football

The Lake Tyers football team in the late 1930s. The club was incredibly successful, winning the East Gippsland League in 1934, 1938 and 1939. Colin and Paul Tatz, Black Pearls: The Aboriginal and Torres...
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‘You don’t belong to my country either.’ How two Noongar boys spoke up, a...

An engraving of Dirimera and Conaci by Giuseppe Mochettitaken from a daguerreotype of April 5 1852.   Acc no 77930P. With acknowledgements to the Archives of the Benedictine Community of New Norcia. In June 1849, a military...