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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.