The history of the Aboriginal reserve at Coranderrk exemplifies the ways in which settler-colonisation impacted on Indigenous people in Victoria: from disease and frontier violence, through to the containment of the survivors on missions and reserves; and eventually, the implementation of government policies designed to disperse and absorb the remaining population into the settler community. This session will focus on Coranderrk from its establishment in 1863 to its closure in 1924, and will utilise some of the teaching and learning resources available to Victorian teachers online, including the 1881 Parliamentary Inquiry into the Aboriginal Reserve at Coranderrk.
James Fiford is an historian and teacher who specialises in Australian history and the study of civics and citizenship. He was the project team leader of the Minutes of Evidence Coranderrk Teacher Resource Package, a component of a major Australian Research Council Linkage project. In consultation with Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders, curriculum modules and teaching resources have been produced to assist teachers to address issues raised through the Minutes of Evidence project, in particular the effects of the past in the present and possibilities for a different future with regards to just relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Victoria.