Research Reports and ManualsProfessor John Maynard's book published in 2015 "Callaghan, the University of Newcastle, Whose Traditional Land?" is the result of a study undertaken through a joint idea expressed by the then Department of Aboriginal Studies and the University of Newcastle in 1999. The directive was to ascertain the clear identity of the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land now occupied by the Callaghan campus of the University of Newcastle. The consensus indicated that findings would assist the University in recognising and symbolically acknowledging the traditional custodians' prior occupation of the University site. It was the University's desire that the study would assist with an on-going commitment to recognise the traditional custodians within the University grounds.
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