'Looking back, there was a lot we missed': an examination of how settler descendants from South Australia's North-East Highland and Wirrabara districts know and understand the nineteenth-century colonial past
|Institution:||Swinburne University of Technology|
|Department:||Faculty fo Health, Arts and Design|
|Keywords:||Memory; History; Settler-colonial; South Australia; Lived experience; Aboriginal dispossession; Historical consciousness|
|Full text PDF:||http://hdl.handle.net/1959.3/394816|
In her thesis ''Looking back, there was a lot we missed': an examination of how settler descendants from South Australia's North-East Highland and Wirrabara districts know and understand the nineteenth century colonial past', Skye Krichauff investigated the seeming lack of knowledge and empathy for Aboriginal people (past and present) amongst settler descendants who have grown up on land occupied by their forebears in the nineteenth century. Skye found that amongst this group, the past is most powerfully known through lived experience -through the landscape, buildings, occupation, lifestyle and stories which are reiterated through being in place. When signs of historical Aboriginal presence were made evident, many settler descendants were open to connecting their forebears' and their own lives with the Aboriginal past.