A woman &  man dancing

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.

Mature-aged students sitting around a table looking at a screen saying,

News • 21 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 • 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.

man iand woman in togas with torso of roman soldier

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.

Cara Cross

News • 5 Dec 2020

Wollotuka student wins 2020 Higher Degree by Research Excellence Award

Cara Cross has won best forthcoming publication for her article, Our Country, Our Healer. Aboriginal Apothecaries of Burning Mountain during the inaugural Higher Degrees by Research Excellence Awards ceremony in December 2020.

Head and shoulders photograph of a woman with long, drak hair dressed in a black dress smiling

News • 3 Dec 2020

The ‘Torres Strait 8’ versus Australia: Law Professor delivers presentation at Human Rights Day

Purai member and University of Newcastle’s Law School Professor, Amy Maguire, spoke about a world-first claim by Indigenous people which connects climate change impacts to human rights on 2020 Human Rights Day.

Professor John Maynard looking seriously at the camera

News • 10 Nov 2020

Always Was, Always Will Be Aboriginal Land: 2020 NAIDOC Lecture

Western science has pushed the Aboriginal presence back to a staggering 65,000 years, recognising that Aboriginal people carry the longest cultural memory known to humankind.

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News • 5 Nov 2020

The Black Fire Lectures: fight for justice and freedom

As part of the fourth series of the Melbourne School of Discontent’s Black Fire Lectures Professor John Maynard talks about the important role his grandfather played in the fight for liberty and justice as one of the founding members of the Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association.

Close up of Professor Maynard dressed in a suit, standing at a lecturn and speaking into a microphone

News • 25 Sep 2020

Academy membership great source of pride

In 2014 Professor John Maynard, a scholar of Indigenous history and Co-Director of Purai Indigenous Global History Centre, was elected a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, an enormous achievement for a boy who left school the day he turned 15 and didn’t set foot in a university until he was 40 years old.

Lady with ayah

News • 14 Aug 2020

Research uncovers the historical experiences of the earliest global domestic workers

A new research project will bring to life the experiences and histories of the world’s first travelling global domestic workers, the Indian Ayahs and the Chinese Amahs who were employed by colonial families during the period of British colonialism.


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