Author Q&A: True Stories from Gurindji Country, NT

Earlier this year marked the 50th anniversary of the decisive Wave Hill Walk Off, in which 200 Gurindji men and women – stockmen and servants – protested against unfair work and living conditions. In the new book Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country, editors Erika Charola and Felicity Meakins bring together compelling oral accounts of not only the … Read on

Colonial encounters and Indigenous stories: The NMA’s new exhibition

A shield taken during Captain Cook’s first visit to Botany Bay in 1770. A striking c.1920s pearl shell ornament from the Kimberley. In total, 149 Indigenous artefacts from the British Museum’s vast collection will return to Australia for the National Museum of Australia’s landmark exhibition, Encounters, which opened last month. Collected during various stages of … Read on

The Myall Creek massacre: the trial and aftermath

In issue 23 of Inside History, we explored the aftermath the Myall Creek massacre – one of the most harrowing episodes of Australian history, in which up to 28 Aboriginal men, women and children were murdered. Here, Mark Tedeschi AM QC, the Senior Crown Prosecutor for New South Wales, looks at the trials that followed … Read on

A ‘Two Bob’ Treasure :: A war medal lost and found

In a journey from World War One to present day, Gary Traynor recounts the extraordinary tale of John Thomas Huckle’s lost war medal, sold for ‘two bob’ in 1939 to be miraculously returned to family in 2014. It has been said that all citizens are duty bound to defend their nation. But what if the … Read on

The Myall Creek massacre re-examined

In the latest issue of Inside History magazine, we examine a particularly harrowing episode of Australian history. The Myall Creek massacre in 1838 was an act of genocide in which up to 28 Aboriginal men, women and children were murdered. Revisiting Myall Creek 176 years on, Mark Tedeschi AM QC, the Senior Crown Prosecutor for New South Wales … Read on

Festive season of yesteryear

As families gather and spread good cheer, this time of year offers the ideal opportunity to reflect on our ancestors’ holiday customs. Sarah Trevor delves into Trove to discover snapshots from festive seasons of years past across several communities. From Holly to Gum Nuts Many 19th-century traditions remain prevalent today. Queen Victoria reportedly popularised the … Read on

Old Masters exhibition at the National Museum of Australia

Rare bark paintings are on display for the first time in Australia in the recently-opened exhibition of Arnhem Land artworks at the National Museum of Australia, in Canberra. Old Masters: Australia’s Great Bark Artists celebrates the genius of master bark painters from northern Australia who worked on eucalyptus bark. Drawing from the Museum’s collection of … Read on

At the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival :: Author interview with Anita Heiss

Dr Anita Heiss is an acclaimed author and social commentator who recently joined Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning and UTS as an Adjunct Professor. She is an Indigenous Literacy Foundation Ambassador and a Books in Homes Ambassador. Anita is a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and her mother was … Read on

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