The concept of terra nullius has long been at the heart of explanations of why the British did not treat with Aboriginal people following Cook’s arrival in Australia. But should it be?
Continental Australia has a surprising history of South Asian immigration.
Western Australia’s desire to secede as ‘Westralia’ in 1933 was undermined by a change in Britain’s attitude towards its Empire.
Kate Wiles introduces a map highlighting the diversity of indigenous tribes that was in danger of being lost.
Michael Langley analyses the achievements of a great explorer of early colonial Australia.
Canberra was born on March 12th, 1913.
Roderick Cameron explains how, during the 50 years that followed Governor Phillip’s landing at Botany Bay in 1788, convicts and free settlers turned New South Wales into a flourishing colony.
Tom Griffiths continues our series on History and the Environment, travelling into the longue durée of the Australian past.
Who discovered Australia? Most people think of the First Fleet that went to Botany Bay 1788, but our ideas may require rethinking, following recent research on DNA analysis, and epidemiological studies of a rare disease.
Daryl Best on use and abuse in Australia's environmental history.