Australian history

Vincent Namitjira's Close Contact

For too long, Cook was a promise recollected in pigment, bronze and stone. Contemporary First Nations artists are challenging this imagery.

professor_grace_karskens_thumbnail.png

Grace Karskens is Professor of History in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW. Her research areas include Australian colonial history, urban history, cross-cultural history and environmental history.

clay bowl Sydney

Though the Indigenous inhabitants were using white clay long before them, Sydney-made pottery helped colonists maintain different aspects of 'civilised' behaviour.

horseshoe_inn_noarlunga_1865.jpg

Discover why male-dominated sex ratios in Australia’s history could still be affecting attitudes today.

samuel_elyard_tempe_house_cooks_river_1836_sic._state_library_of_nsw.jpg

A new book by Ian Tyrrell reveals the history of Sydney’s Cooks River and the role it has played in our dreams of prosperity and pleasure.

alison_bashford_photo_by_jesus_college_cambridge.jpg

World-leading historian Alison Bashford has always been interested in how the past shapes our present. 

10_billy_hughes._image_australian_prime_ministers.jpg

A little-known incident 100 years ago reminds us that Australia at the time was riven by class, religious and political divisions, writes Jeff Kildea.

hawkesbury_river_credit_grace_karskens.jpg

UNSW's Professor Grace Karskens has won a major fellowship that will enable her to use State Library of NSW archives to research Aboriginal names and stories about the Hawkesbury River.

19_higgins_quentinjones.jpg

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, has called on Australia to consider revisiting events of its past, such as the treatment of Indigenous Australians, in a way that recognises and includes the voices of people previously marginalised.

image-20160304-9490-11j6nsw_1.jpg

Ending the silence and recovering memories of modern Aboriginal history is a prerequisite for national healing, writes Joanna Mendelssohn.

Pages