Gathering information and curating the past – some ideas and challenges

Historically, many east-coast Australian communities have paid little attention to the cultural history of their places. Most communities proudly display plaques to their war dead, the young men and women from families that marched and died on battle grounds in Europe, the Pacific, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Occasionally there are plaques to explorer … Continue reading Gathering information and curating the past – some ideas and challenges

Research: Seeing, Knowing & Doing

Last week I explored the idea of research for students in 1213QCA Indigenous Art, Protocols and Practices at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. In the context of the student’s work, I focused on the idea of research as not being about the stereotypical idea of research (thinking here – lab coats, clip boards, pen … Continue reading Research: Seeing, Knowing & Doing

Letters Patent: A legal studies case study to keep watch

The ABC reported today that The Ngarrindjeri people have been asked by the South Australian Government for a clearer idea of what they see as the legal consequences for SA from what is known as the Letters Patent of 1836. Founding Docs stated that  The Letters Patent used the enabling provisions of the South Australia … Continue reading Letters Patent: A legal studies case study to keep watch

Racism: Do you know how to have the conversation?

This week’s news cycle (at least in Queensland and New South Wales) has been filled with the Andrew Johns racism saga. It is alleged that Andrew Johns, the assistant coach of the New South Wales State of Origin team, told a player that he needed to stop Greg Inglis (from the Queensland team) by saying … Continue reading Racism: Do you know how to have the conversation?

Rembering the Mabo Decision

THE MABO CASE Ever since Captain James Cook‘s declaration of possession in 1770, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have fought against the dispossession of their lands, food sources, waterways, families and homelands. First English, then Australian law justified it’s own existence through the concept of Terra nullius. The application of terra nullius, a latin … Continue reading Rembering the Mabo Decision

Remembering the Mabo Decision – Student Links

Mabo Day is the held each year on the 3rd of June. It remembers the historic Mabo decision in 1992. Use your Remembering the Mabo Decision booklet, learn about this day at the following links: ABC – Schools – Eddie Mabo http://www.abc.net.au/schoolstv/australians/emabo.htm Torres Strait Island Regional Authority (TSRA) – Mabo Day http://www.tsra.gov.au/the-torres-strait/events/mabo-day.aspx About Eddie Mabo … Continue reading Remembering the Mabo Decision – Student Links