The Blackheath History Forum’s 2020

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar


As a writer who has traced their heritage to ‘both sides of the frontier’, convict and Aboriginal, I have, over the past 30 years, used this as a lens to explore early Aboriginal-European interactions. These interactions run the full gamut from violent and hostile to domestic and familial. A key concern is always how we know what we know and how knowledge of the past has been depicted in the popular arena. In Australia’s First Naturalists we were able to show moments of friendship, exploitation, and collaboration which I will explore here. A hallmark of my career, publications and research has been to work in an interdisciplinary space. Doing this has seen me collaborate with archaeologists, archival systems scientists, linguists, geneticists and most recently the zoologist Penny Olsen. In this talk, I will reflect on how working with these scientists has enabled me to create a much more complete and nuanced picture of the past, despite the potential pitfalls of working with different knowledge systems. In addition, I have sought to document and reveal Indigenous agency and knowledge in much of my writing. Lynette Russell
Period17 Oct 2020
Event titleThe Blackheath History Forum’s 2020
Event typeSeminar
LocationMelbourne, Australia, VictoriaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational