Australian Aboriginal History

Dr Christine Cheater

Australia’s Aboriginal people have inhabited this continent for between 40,000 to 60,000 years making their lifestyle and traditions the oldest living culture in the world.  Starting with archaeological evidence and traditional stories of how Australia’s first people survived droughts, the ice age and rising sea level this course provides a brief overview of their history to the end of 20th century.

Topics covered include traditional beliefs and customs, how Aboriginal people shaped the Australia landscape, first contact with Europeans, changing interactions with settlers, frontier wars, impact of protection and assimilation policies, the stolen children and Aboriginal Human Rights movements.

$2 charge to cover venue costs