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Resistance reference list

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Attwood, B, 'Contesting frontiers: History, memory and narrative in a national museum. [the Contested Frontiers Exhibit at the National Museum of Australia]', reCollections, Journal of the National Museum of Australia vol. 1 (2), September 2006, pp. 103-114.

Australia. Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, 'The legacy of history', in Johnston, E, Commissioner (ed.), National Report, Australia. Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, vol. 2, AGPS, Canberra, 1991, pp. 3-47.

Batten, B, 'Monuments, memorials and the presentation of Australia's Indigenous past, [Paper in Outing the Past]', Public History Review vol. 11, 2004, pp. 100-121.

Belsham, B, 'The long forgotten war: Aborigines' 140 year struggle against white settlement', Sydney Morning Herald (1), 1997.

Broome, R, Aboriginal Australians: Black Responses to White Dominance, 1788-2001, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW, 2002.

Carment, D, 'Archaeology and history in central Australia', Australasian Historical Archaeology vol. 11, 1993, pp. 139-141.

Elder, B, Blood on the Wattle: Massacres and Maltreatment of Aboriginal Australians Since 1788, Revised edition, New Holland, Frenchs Forest, NSW, 1998.

Gould, B, 'Black history or whitewash? The truth about British conquest and Aboriginal resistance', Labor Review, Carlton South, Victoria (35), 2001, pp. 2-42.

Grassby, AJ and M Hill, Six Australian Battlefields: The Black Resistance to Invasion and the White Struggle Against Colonial Oppression, Angus & Robertson, North Ryde, NSW, 1988, 324 p.

Kirkby, D, 'Frontier violence: Ethnohistory and Aboriginal resistance in California and New South Wales, 1770-1840', Journal of Australian Studies (6), June 1980, pp. 36-48.

Lowe, D, Forgotten Rebels: Black Australians Who Fought Back, Permanent Press, Melbourne, Victoria, 1994, 76 p.

McQuilton, J, 'Australians and war: Aboriginal resistance to European occupation', in J.C.R. Camm and John McQuilton (eds), Australians: A Historical Atlas, Fairfax, Syme and Weldon Associates, Broadway, NSW, 1987, pp. 218-219.

Miller, J and others, Koori: A Will to Win. The Heroic Resistance, Survival and Triumph of Black Australia, Angus and Robertson, London, 1985, 302 p.

Invasion and Resistance Untold Stories: Aboriginal Voices in Australian History, Aboriginal Curriculum Unit, New South Wales Board of Studies, 1995.

Newbury, PW and Action for World Development (Australia), Aboriginal Heroes of the Resistance: From Pemulwuy to Mabo, Action for World Development (NSW Inc.), Surry Hills, NSW, 1999, 96 p.

Pearson, M, 'Bathurst plains and beyond: European colonisation and Aboriginal resistance', Aboriginal History vol. 8 (1/ 2), 1984, pp. 63-79.

Prentis, MD, 'Myths of Aboriginal-European relations in the nineteenth century [Revised version of a paper first presented as a talk at teacher inservice programmes and later published in Agora, vol. 29, 1994]', Teaching History vol. 32 (2), July 1998, pp. 62-68.

Quanchi, M, 'A violent history', Agora vol. 23 (2), 1988, pp. 31-36.

Reece, B, 'Inventing Aborigines', Aboriginal History, vol. 11 (1-2), 1987, pp. 14-23.

Reynolds, H, The Other Side of the Frontier: Aboriginal Resistance to the European Invasion of Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2006, 245 p.

Reynolds, H, This Whispering in our Hearts, Allen and Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, 1998, pp. 178-200.

Tapsell, L, 'White colonisation and Aboriginal resistance: The hidden history of Australia', Direct Action, 3 February, 1988, pp. 8-9.

Thorpe, B, 'Frontiers of discourse: Assessing revisionist Australian colonial contact historiography', Journal of Australian Studies (46), 1995, pp. 34-45.

Windschuttle, K, 'The myths of frontier massacres in Australian history [series of three parts], Part One: The invention of massacre stories', Quadrant (Sydney), vol. 44 (10), October 2000, pp. 8-21.


Carter, B and L Nutter, Nyungah Land: Records of Invasion and Theft of Aboriginal Land on the Swan River, 1829-1850. Swan Valley Nyungah Community Guildford, WA, 2006.

Colbung, K, Yagan: The Swan River 'Settlement', Australia Council for the Arts, Perth, 1994, 46 p.

Dayton, L and D Jopson, 'Black booty: Repatriation of Aboriginal remains from museums around the world]', Sydney Morning Herald, 25 August 1997, pp. 11.

Dale, R. 1834: Descriptive Account of the Panoramic View etc of King George's Sound and the Adjacent Country. London: J Cross.

Fforde, C, 'Yagan', in Fforde, C, J Hubert and P Turnbull (eds), The Dead and their Possessions: Repatriation in Principle, Policy and Practice, Routledge, London, 2002, pp. 229-241.

Hallam, SJ, 'Aboriginal women as providers: The 1830's on the Swan River, Western Australia'. [Amended paper, originally given at the Centre for Western Australian History Conference, Nedlands, WA, 1991]', Aboriginal History, vol. 15 (1-2), 1991, pp. 38-53.

Hunt, C. 1973: Ethnography in Liverpool 1800-1900. The Museums Journal. Vol 74 No. 1: 15-16.

McGlade, H, 'The repatriation of Yagan: A story of manufacturing dissent', Law/Text/Culture, vol. 4 (1), Autumn 1998, pp. 245-255.

Moore, G, Diary of ten years eventful life of an early settler in Western Australia, and also a descriptive vocabulary of the language of the Aborigines, University of West Australia Press, Nedlands, WA, 1978 [1842].

Morgan, S, M Tjalaminu and B Kwaymullina, Speaking from the Heart: Stories of Life, Family and Country, Fremantle Press, North Fremantle, 2007.


Kulbardi Productions
Kulbardi Productions, part of Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre, is a media production house that is designed to document and archive (Noongar) culture, language and histories utilising modern media. It is a beacon for Indigenous students wishing to access tertiary studies is designed to foster student interaction, group solidarity and cultural support.

ABC Message Stick 'Ken Colbung' 9 January 2005
Message Stick is a half hour, magazine-style TV program about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lifestyles and issues. Through profile stories, interviews, video clips and cooking segments it allows Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to tell their stories in their own way.

South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council
The South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) is a representative body of the Noongar people, the traditional owners of the South West of Australia. SWALSC works with its members to find resolution for native title claims as well as advancing the Noongar Culture, language and society.

Western Australian Museum
The Western Australian Museum represents the diversity of Western Australia's social and cultural history through its collections, research and public programs. The WA Museum has branches across West Australia, in Perth, Fremantle, Albany, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Geraldton.

Bilin Bilin

Aird, M, Brisbane Blacks, Keeaira Press, Brisbane, 2003.

Aird, M, Portraits of our Elders, Queensland Museum, Brisbane, 1993.

Allen, J, The Language of the Wangerriburra and Neighbouring Groups in the Yugambeh Region from the Works of John Allen and John Lane (Kombumerri Aboriginal Corporation for Culture, Beenleigh, Queensland, 2001).

Best, Y, 'An uneasy co-existence: An Aboriginal perspective of 'contact' history in southeast Queensland', Aboriginal History, vol. 18, 1994.

Best, Y, in Cleary, T (ed.), Poignant regalia: 19th century Aboriginal images and breastplates, Historic Houses Trust, Glebe, NSW, 1993.

Best, Y and G Aird, Borobi and His Friends, Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Centre, Beenleigh, Queensland, 1988.

Best, Y and A Barlow, Kombumerri – Saltwater People. Heinemann, Port Melbourne, Victoria, 1997.

Buchanan, R, Logan: Rich in History, Young in Spirit , Logan City Council, Logan, Queensland:, 1999.

O'Connor, R, The Kombumerri: Aboriginal People of the Gold Coast, (R. O'Connor, Brisbane, 1997).

O'Connor, Rory. Yugambeh – in Defence of our Country, Kombumerri Aboriginal Corporation for Culture, Runaway Bay, Qld, 1991.

Reynolds, H, 'The unrecorded battlefields of Queensland', in Reynolds, H (ed.), Race Relations in North Queensland, Department of History and Politics, James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville, Qld, 1993, pp. 40-62.

Reynolds, H and N Loos, 'Aboriginal resistance in Queensland', Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 22, August 1976, pp. 214-226.

Richards, J, The Secret War: The True Story of Queensland's Native Police, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia Queensland, 2008.

Rosser, B, Up Came the Troopers: The Black Police in Queensland, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia Queensland, 1990.

Fanny Balbuk

Bates, D, 'My natives and I: incorporating the passing of the Aborigines: a lifetime spent among the natives of Australia'. P.J. Bridge (ed); with an introduction by Bob Reece. Carlisle, WA: Hesperian Press, c2004. My natives and I was first published as a series of articles in January 1936 in The Advertiser with syndication Australia wide. The Passing of the Aborigines is an edited version of these articles, first published by John Murray in London in 1938.

Bates, D, 'Fanny Balbuk-Yooreel: The last Swan River (female) native ', Science of Man vol. 13 (5), 1911, pp. 100-101.Second part in issue 6, pp. 119-121.

Bates, D, The Native Tribes of Western Australia, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 1985.

Carter, B and L Nutter, Nyungah Land: Records of Invasion and Theft of Aboriginal Land on the Swan River, 1829-1850. Swan Valley Nyungah Community, Guildford, WA, 2006.

Green, N and S Moon, Far from Home, Aboriginal Prisoners of Rottnest Island 1838-1931, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, West Australia, 1997, 355 p.

Jones, G, 'Skulls fontanelles and the spaces between: In memoriam: Balbuk, Fanny', UTS Review vol. 1 (2), October 1995, pp. 170-180.

Coniston Massacre

'Athol McGregor and the Coniston Massacre', Indigenous Leadership (36), August 2003, pp. 14-17.

Cataldi, L, 'The end of the dreaming?: Understandings of history in a Warlpiri narrative of the Coniston Massacres', Overland (144), Spring 1996, pp. 44-47.

Central Land Council, Making Peace with the Past: Remembering the Coniston Massacre 1928-2003. Central Land Council, Alice Springs, 2003.

Cole, T, Crocodiles and Other Characters, Sun Australia, Sydney, 1999, 55-70 p.

Cribbin, J, The Killing Times, Fontana/Collins, Sydney, 1984, 168 p.

Dean, B and V Carell, Dust for the Dancers, Ure Smith edn, Sydney, NSW, 1955.

Kimber, Dick, 2003-2004. 'Real true history': Coniston Massacre', serialised in 18 copies of the Alice Springs News, Vol 10, Issue 32, September 10, 2003 to Vol 11, Issue 3, February 4 2004, (part 1). For remaining parts 2 to 18, see issues 1033-1103 under archived stories at:

National Archives - Transcript of the findings of the 'Board of Enquiry concerning the killing of natives in Central Australia by Police Parties and others, and concerning other matters.' Commonwealth of Australia, 18 January 1929.

OBrien, Justin. Report to the National Museum of Australia on material culture in relation to the 1928 Coniston killings. July 2005.

Read, Peter and Jay Read (eds). Long Time Olden Time - Aboriginal Accounts of Northern Territory History, Institute of Aboriginal Development, Alice Springs, 1991.

Smith, P, 'Into the Kimberley: The invasion of Sturt Creek Basin [Kimberley Region, Western Australia] and evidence of Aboriginal resistance', Aboriginal History (24), 2000, pp. 62-74.

Vaarzon-Morel, P, Warlpiri Women's Voices, Institute for Aboriginal Development, Alice Springs, 1995.

Wilson, B, 'To infuse an universal terror: A reappraisal of the Coniston killings', Aboriginal History (27), 2003, pp. 59-78.

Wilson, B and J O'Brien, 'Seventy-five years on: Revisiting the Coniston Massacre.', in Carment, D (ed.), Northern Encounters: New Directions in North Australian History, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, 2004, pp. 25-46.