Discovery Indigenous project to chart important episode in the history of indigenous education in Australia—10 November 2017

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has awarded nearly $280,000 for a Discovery Indigenous project led by Professor Gary Foley, who is of Gumbainggir descent and is based at Victoria University.

Professor Foley’s project will chart the extraordinary history of the closure and eventual re-opening of Northland Secondary College (1992–1995). This is an episode known to Melbourne Aboriginal communities, but despite its historical, political, legal and sociological significance, is largely overlooked in scholarly accounts. The project will deliver scholarly research resources and analysis, publicly accessible outputs and will provide culturally appropriate accounts of this history.

This project builds on Professor Foley’s work on the Aboriginal History Archive, which is addressing the data gaps in Australia’s historical record, and has received previously funding support through an ARC 2017 Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grant. 

Media issued by Victoria University.

Image: Professor Gary Foley.
Image courtesy: Victoria University.

Original Published Date: 
Friday, November 10, 2017