This work is conducted in memory and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land.
UON’s Culture Collections has a rich archival collection of primary written sources containing information about Aboriginal culture. This project has established a framework to better collate information including names (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) and meaning of names, age, social status of Aboriginal people of the Hunter Region. The project has located, recorded and made accessible documents and summaries of the findings, and attempted to create a framework documenting Aboriginal content of relevant documents.
The project sets out a foundation for further study of primary written sources, and to record names and other information about Aboriginal people in the Hunter region during the 19th century. The project was co-ordinated by Gionni di Gravio and Dr Ann Hardy who had ongoing discussions with Dr Greg Blyton about the project to ensure that a culturally appropriate framework was followed. Sharing the project will increase public awareness of Aboriginal culture of the Hunter Region, and be a useful educational resource tool for further research.
More information: Indigenous Names Research