Indigenous Studies at Swinburne

For current and ex-staff, students & colleagues of the Indigenous Studies program at Swinburne Unive Indigenous Studies at Swinburne is the study of Australia.

It’s an examination of Indigenous Australian culture, history and people – the oldest living culture on the planet. We look at the historical and contemporary issues that have shaped Indigenous Australian culture, and we critically examine the factors of mainstream Australian history and society that have created and shaped our understanding of Indigenous Australia. Indigenous Studies aims to educ


About 6 years ago (maybe more) my mum, Viv, and I dropped into Camp Coorong to visit good friend Aunty Ellen Trevorrow.

A few Ngarrindjeri Elders and academics from Swinburne University of Technology were sorting though hundreds of old photos.

We had a chat about the Ara Irititja technology that many Anangu use to document and share photos and stories.

Pretty special to be with Aunty Ellen and community at Ngarrindjeri Ruwe Empowered Communities building this weekend for the official launch of the first 2,000 digitised photos and videos as part of the Ngarrindjeri Photography Project.

From little things big things grow...


Great opportunity for First Nations talent


Today marks Sorry Day. It also marks four years since the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

In it, First Nations people called for Voice, Treaty and Truth. Labor stands with you.

A Voice to Parliament, enshrined in the Constitution. A national process for treaty-making with First Australians. And after centuries of conflict, Truth-Telling to fully understand our history.

After the silence, First Nations people must be heard. Labor backs the Uluru Statement in full – because a country that isn't truly reconciled isn't truly whole.

Black, White and Exempt 22/01/2021

Three weeks after it's publication, and already a bestseller with a second print run ordered. Amazon have sold out but you can still get it from the AIATSIS website. Includes contributions from two Swinburne historians.

Black, White and Exempt In 1957, Ella Simon of Purfleet mission near Taree, New South Wales, applied for and was granted a certificate of exemption. Exemption gave her legal freedoms denied to other Indigenous Australians at that time: she could travel freely, open a bank account, and live and work where she wanted. In the...

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