Indigenous Stories about War and Invasion
This story brings together two threads on the topic of war.
On one hand, Indigenous experiences of World Wars I and II, on the other, the Invasion of British and European settlers which began in the late 18th century, and which resulted in dispossession and devastation for the Indigenous population.
The videos include excerpts from "Lady of the Lake"-Gunditjmara Elder Aunty Iris Lovett-Gardiner's accounts of Lake Condah Mission and Indigenous experiences there and excerpts from the film "Wominjeka (Welcome)". CULTURAL WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander users are warned that this material may contain images and voices of deceased persons, and images of places that could cause sorrow.
Further material can be found at the State Library of Victoria's Ergo site.
Massacre of the Kurnai
Story education resources
Education State Library of Victoria: Indigenous Australians
These cartoons and images illustrate changing attitudes to Indigenous people, and their struggle for rights in Australia. These materials and the worksheets can be used to help students evaluate sources, compare images and study a single image in detail. VELS Level 5.
Education State Library of Victoria: The impact of colonisation
These materials and the worksheets can be used to help students evaluate a series of cartoons and illustrations that look at the impact of settlement on Indigenous people, and the way Indigenous people were viewed by Europeans. VCE Australian History.
Education State Library of Victoria: John Batman's treaty
These resources and worksheets relate to John Batman’s attempt to ‘purchase' the land around Port Phillip Bay on the behalf of the Port Phillip Association. Batman brought with him legal documents, which were allegedly signed by Indigenous leaders on the Yarra. Students can evaluate sources and analyse documents. VCE Australian History