Colonial Encounters: Archaeology at Ebenezer Mission, north-western Victoria.

  • Lydon, Jane (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

From the 1860s, most Aboriginal people in south-eastern Australia were confined to reserves such as Ebenezer Mission, and despite official accounts which argue for the success of the 'civilising' enterprise, archaeological evidence promises to provide a new Indigenous perspective. Investigation of this key site, in collaboration with Aboriginal descendants, will reveal 1. How everyday life on the mission was experienced by different social groups: Aboriginal girls, boys, families and 'fringe' dwellers, and Moravian missinaries, 2. The role of gender organisation within the colonial process, and 3. How Aboriginal cultural identity was shaped by missionisation. A range of general and scholarly histories will be produced.
Effective start/end date15/01/0315/12/08


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$165,167.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$14,833.00