Purai Stories

Getting Serious about Indigenous Footballers

Emeritus Professor John Maynard, is one of nine First Nations people on Football Australia's (FA) National Indigenous Advisory Group – a new panel aimed at addressing the round-ball game’s glaring deficiencies when it comes to First Nations people

Professor Maynard will be working alongside; FA’s head of women’s football, Sarah Walsh (co-chair), the first Indigenous captain of the Socceroos Jade North (co-chair), ex-Socceroos coach Frank Farina, Chelsea WSL assistant coach Tanya Oxtoby, television presenter Narelda Jacobs, FA’s new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement lead Courtney Hagen, first Indigenous footballer to score at FIFA World Cup Kyah Simon and first Indigenous woman to play for the Matildas, Karen Menzies.

Aboriginal Boxing in Sydney

The historical boxing gym was a place of smell and noise, of sweat and liniment and the constant smack of gloves against the heavy bag and the rat-a-tat-tat of fists rattling upon the speed ball. The rough and ready boxing gymnasiums that once proliferated across Sydney have now largely faded away. In this new era, it is important to recall the places and people of Sydney’s most famous boxing gymnasiums and their magnetic attraction to Aboriginal boxers.

1884: The story of our 1974 World Cup Socceroos

The Newcastle Jets is committed to reconnecting with their origins and upholding the history of football in the region. That's why the 2020/21 season's jersey will feature the number '1884' boldly on the back. Why is 1884 a special year? It was the year in which the first football club in Northern NSW was founded. Travel with Emeritus Professor, John Maynard, as he takes the reader through a history of football in the region, highlighting some of the heroes and, ultimately, exploring the historic foundations that have allowed the Jets to flourish.  This edition pinpoints how football came to Northern NSW and some of the successes this region has achieved along the way.

This edition explores the influential female footballers who've lit up Northern NSW and their introduction to the sport

This edition highlights two local legends who featured in the first World Cup Socceroos squad and elsewhere on the world stage.

This edition highlights some of the male footballing legends that paved the way for football in Northern NSW.

Not quite slaves: Ayahs and Amahs

Join Professors Victoria Haskins (University of Newcastle) and  Swapna Banerjee (Brooklyn College, CUNY) on Late Night Live with Jonathan Green as they talk about Australia's first  domestic servants and their Ayahs and Amahs project. It is a joint research project conducted with the Purai Global Indigenous History Centre involving colleague, Dr Claire Lowrie (University of Wollongong) as co-Chief Investigator, and Research Assistant, Ms Srishti Guha, who is a current Vice Chancellor Scholarship recipient and PhD student at  the University of Newcastle. They are hoping to develop an online exhibition in 2022.

2020-2021 “Decolonizing History” event series

Highlights Reel of the 2020-2021 "Decolonizing History" event series Presented by the Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University featuring the University of Newcastle's Emeritus Professor John Maynard.

‘Devil devil’: The sickness that changed Australia

In 1789, a disease tore through communities around Sydney Cove, leaving dead bodies scattered along the shorelines. Some think this outbreak was like a deliberately lit fire. In this feature article for Patient Zero, a Radio National program telling the stories of disease outbreaks, Indigenous communities reporter, Nakari Thorpe and health reporters, Olivia Willis and Carl Smith examine the implications of this epidemic, that spread as quickly as COVID-19, among the Indigenous population of Sydney Cove. Emeritus Professor John Maynard is one of the Indigenous people interviewed for this article.

2021 Mabo Lecture: James Cook University

In this lecture, Indigenous Heroes and Heroines - The missing profiles of Australian history, Emeritus Professor John Maynard pays tribute to Koiki Eddie Mabo, by highlighting forgotten heroes and heroines of Indigenous history. Focusing on the lives and times of three courageous historical figures, sports star Dave Sands, political activist Jane Duren, and war hero Douglas Grant, this lecture will reveal the importance of uncovering and understanding the richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.

Ayahs and Amahs: Transcolonial Servants in Australia and Britain 1780-1945

This blog is hosted on the project website for the ARC Discovery project on the travelling Ayahs and Amahs. It looks at mobile child care work and family life embedded in histories of colonialism and empire and features regular posts from the research team as well as from guest historians working in the area every month.

A History of Aboriginal Rugby League in NSW

Since its inception in 1908 Rugby League has proven extremely popular amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In New South Wales, Aboriginal participation has occurred within the context of race-based social policy and the state’s historical control over Aboriginal lives. So what influence did race based social policy have on the uptake of Rugby League by Aboriginal men?

Speaking Out with Larissa Behrendt, Radio National (Sun 4 Apr 2021)

The Intersection of Aboriginal Political and Social History

Providing an Indigenous perspective of our history has proved increasingly important in contemporary Australia. Born into a family of activists, my work has largely focussed on political and social history. My research encompasses the early days of the Land Rights movement and the fight for self-determination, and truth-telling around race relations in our early colonial history.

Speaking Out with Larissa Behrendt, Radio National (Sun 28 Mar 2021)

Power in Vulnerability: NAIDOC Week Wrap

Last week I set out on a journey to get more involved in NAIDOC week and our Indigenous community on campus. Instead of writing up an article like I normally would, I decided to venture into the world of vlogging to give my perspective on the week and how I interacted with it.

The Loop - Posted by Chelsea Groth

The Rise and Demise of the Freedom Club

In 1925 an Aboriginal ‘man wrote from a far-back settlement, asking that someone should come and tell them about the “Freedom Club”’ (Macleay Chronicle, 19 August 1925). The man was clearly inspired with hope and enthusiasm as a result of the announcement of the formation in Sydney of the Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association (AAPA) in 1924. The AAPA is today recognized as the first modern united all-Aboriginal political organization to form in Australia.

Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences - Posted by Professor John Maynard

ANZAC Her Story

This blog is based on research that I’ve been doing on the history of Australian women’s experiences of the Great War, as part of my NSW Centenary of Anzac Commemoration History Fellowship. It’s where I will be posting stories about different individual women whose stories of life during WWI have captured my imagination. I think these stories deserve to be shared more widely.

ANZAC:Her Story - Posted by Professor Victoria Haskins

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.