Why do Indigenous Histories Matter

Press/Media: Article/Feature



There is much about Australia
that is unique.

We are the planet’s smallest
continent, and the largest island;
our fauna and flora appeared
wildly upside down to the early
European visitors, and we still
have extant pockets of the
mega-continent Gondwana land
ancient forests, some of the most
the world’s most extensive area
of subtropical rainforest. 

Many sites of our natural heritage
have been granted World
Heritage Status by UNESCO.
Australia is also home to what
is often called the “oldest living
culture”. I am proud to note I
am a member of that culture,
but also to celebrate my other
heritages: convict and free settler.
Australian Indigenous history has
much to offer to the broader
conceptual space of “Australian


Period16 Dec 2021

Media coverage


Media coverage

  • TitleHistory and heritage news from around Australia
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletThe Federation of Australian Historical Societies
    Media typePrint
    PersonsLynette Russell


  • Indigenous History
  • Australian History
  • First Nations perspectives
  • Narrative formation