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Frontier Melbourne

18 July, 2021 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Watercolour image showing First Nations individuals in a canoe on a waterway. 4 are sitting down, one is standing with a spear or pole and behind them another is squatting down and appears to be sorting through something. The bank behind them shows a collection of tree trunks among reeds. There is a fallen log with 3 more figures standing on it in postures which suggest hunting. The image is coloured in blues, greens and browns.

In this talk, Dr Rachel Standfield will discuss histories of early encounters between colonisers and Kulin peoples in Naarm/Melbourne, drawing from one of the early colonists who spent the most time with Kulin peoples, and was highly prolific in his writing, the Protector William Thomas. We’ll look at some of the experiences that Kulin peoples faced in early Melbourne and some of the strategies that communities put in place to try to continue their cultural life on their own Country as Europeans began to arrive in greater and greater numbers.

Dr Rachel Standfield is a lecturer in the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Melbourne. She is a non-Indigenous woman and a historian of Indigenous societies and colonial histories in Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Standfield works as a historical consultant and researcher for Melbourne’s Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Community and has also worked in public policy and supporting Indigenous activism for human rights. One of Dr. Standfield’s areas of research interest is cross-cultural relations in early Melbourne Melbourne during the Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate period.

This talk will be hosted on Zoom. Booked attendees will be sent the Zoom link before the lecture.

This talk will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel afterwards.


18 July, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM




Old Treasury Building
9651 2233