Woman smiling in front of Aboriginal artwork and University banner

News • 24 Nov 2021

15-year milestone for Professor Victoria Haskins

This year marks a 15-year milestone for Professor Victoria Haskins and to celebrate, the College of Human and Social Futures (CHSF) presented Professor Haskins with a Service Award at the College’s 2021 Excellence & Recognition Awards evening.

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News • 22 Nov 2021

Purai Members recognised in College Excellence Awards

Purai Global Indigenous History Centre congratulates five of its members for being included as outstanding recipients of the College of Human and Social Futures Awards.

19th century artwork depicting Aborigines spearing fish, others diving for crayfish, a party seated beside a fire cooking fish at what is now known as Mereweather Beach, NSW

News • 27 Oct 2021

Truth Telling: The role of Purai Global Indigenous History Centre in the shaping of an equal future

Let’s take away the buildings, peel back the tarmac, silence the thrum of industry, fill in the tunnels that undermine the City of Newcastle and begin with what was.

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News • 13 Oct 2021

Forever Country: Writing a new history of Australia inspired by artefacts at the National Museum of Australia

The National Museum of Australia (NMA) is full of stored artefacts, each with its own unique story and Dr Julie McIntyre intends to use some of them to write an equally unique Australian history which weaves together narratives of Australia’s environment and its First Peoples.

News • 3 Aug 2021

Courage kindled by pushing through comfort zones: Wollotuka students compete in Three Minute Thesis heats

Explaining years of research in three minutes and unpacking it in layperson’s terms is fiendishly difficult but this didn’t stop two Wollotuka students for taking up the challenge as part of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

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News • 3 Aug 2021

Australian workers and anti-colonialism symposium: A call for papers

Purai Global Indigenous History Centre’s affiliate, Paddy Gibson, is part of the organising team for an online symposium, in February 2022, about Australian workers and anti-colonialism and would like to hear from scholars interested in the topic.

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News • 31 May 2021

Archive fever – Archive phobia: A seminar on archival research for students researching Indigenous histories

Professor Victoria Haskins’ journey into archival research began with a box of diaries, letters and photographs found in her aunty’s garage in Woolgoolga, NSW.

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News • 31 May 2021

Keepers of the Legacy: Eleo Pomare’s map of artistic social justice and protest

When Newcastle University’s HDR student, Carole Y Johnson first came to Australia 49 years ago to perform at the Adelaide Festival as part of Eleo Pomare’s Dance Company, she did not know she would stay and become an integral part of Indigenous Australia’s protest movement.

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News • 23 Mar 2021

Bringing unheard voices back into collective memory

Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt AO delivered the inaugural John Maynard Aboriginal History Lecture at University House to an on-line and face-to-face audience of over 180, on 17 March 2021 as part of the Purai Global Indigenous History Centre showcase.

Professor Maynard sitting holding a book in front of a cabinet of memorabilia collected as an historian

News • 8 Mar 2021

Reclaiming History: the unconventional legacies of a leading Aboriginal historian

Emeritus Professor John Maynard’s reputation as a trailblazer is well-deserved so it is only fitting that this historian, whose journey began with researching his own family’s history, is honoured in the InauguralJohn Maynard Aboriginal History Lecture.

Handwritten family history tree showing five plus generations

News • 24 Feb 2021

More than a story: Family History webinar series

It was the 1920 abduction and enslavement of Kath Apma Travis Penangke’s 11-year-old grandmother from Alice Springs by anthropologist, Dr Herbert Basedow and Professor Haskins’ discovery of her great grandmother's diaries which bought these two women together.

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News • 9 Feb 2021

Academy Excellence: nomination of Purai members to Humanities Academy highlights the importance of global indigenous history

With the election of Purai’s joint Directors, Emeritus Professor John Maynard and Professor Victoria Haskins, to the Australian Academy of the Humanities late last year, the University of Newcastle’s Purai Indigenous Global History Centre now boasts four historians championing the contribution that humanities, arts and culture can make to national life.


The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.