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Aboriginal History Journal

New volume published

The latest volume of Aboriginal History journal (Volume 36, 2012) is now available online.

The volume is made up of a mix of papers, reflecting again the rich interdisciplinary project that is Aboriginal history. What that project is and has been, how it developed, and the role the journal played in shaping it, is the subject of an article by Bain Attwood. Jonathan Richards’ article explores the evacuation of the Cape Bedford mission during the Second World War. Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg is an ethnomusicologist and her article examines the contemporary uses of church music and song to tell local histories and to express belonging to place at Hopevale. Amanda Nettelbeck and Robert Foster provide a history of rationing on the nineteenth-century settler frontiers in Australia and North West Canada. Jennifer Jones’ piece about the editing of Ella Simon’s autobiographical text, Through My Eyes, provides original insights into the complicated politics and meanings of assimilation. Anne Scrimgeour’s article on the Pindan mob’s challenge to the restrictive leper line in Western Australia illuminates an important event in the twentieth-century history of Aboriginal politics.

Volume 37 will appear in late 2013. 

About Aboriginal History

The journal Aboriginal History was founded in 1977. For over thirty years, it has been a flagship of the field of Australian Aboriginal history. In 2010, Dr Shino Konishi and Dr Maria Nugent, research fellows in the Australian Centre for Indigenous History (ACIH), were appointed its joint editors. This development further strengthens the close association that exists between the journal and the ACIH.

The School of History contributes to the journal by supporting Shino and Maria as editors and by housing its editorial office. Aboriginal History is now published online by ANU Epress and so is freely available on the net. 

Details about submitting articles can be found here, or by emailing

Books for review should be sent to: Editors, Aboriginal History, ACIH, School of History, Coombs Building (9), ANU, ACT, 0200, Australia

The Aboriginal History Monograph Series can be found here.



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