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Indigenous Studies Guide: History

Find information for your assignments and research related to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander topics

Places to start

Searching for titles related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history can be found using our online search engine One Search or the History Guide. 

If you are new to searching for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, check out the InfoSkills Toolkit on the homepage to help you define your topic and master basic searching techniques. 

Report of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits by Alfred C. Haddon

Map of Colonial Frontier Massacres in Australia 1788-1930

Colonial Frontier Massacres in Australia, 1788-1930

*Please be advised that this site contains information about acts of violence that may be distressing. There are no images of people on this website*

The project to research and build this online map is lead by historian, Prof. Lyndall Ryan at the University of Newcastle in consultation with The Wollotuka Institute and AIATSIS. 

NQHeritage@JCU : Lecture by Professor Lyndall Ryan

Making the history of the Australian colonial frontier visible: how the Newcastle Digital Map of Frontier Massacres is changing the way we understand the past

In this lecture Professor Ryan discusses the digital map which aims to make Australian history accessible to everyone. Drawing on frontier massacre sites in North Queensland, she discusses how the map works, the definition of frontier massacre and the criteria and protocols required for a site to be included on the map.

Torres Strait History

Historical Indigenous Newspaper

View all six issues here

The Australian Abo Call was the first Aboriginal-focused publication printed in Australia. It was written and edited by John (Jack) Patten, co-founder of the Aborigines Progressive Association and featured news gathered by Patten from his travels. 

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