Geographical and Historical Context for Ancient Australia
Here you will find some useful online resources to approach the study of the historical and geographical context for Ancient Australia.
- A timeline can be found on the Creative Spirits site, a site dedicated to the exploration of Indigenous culture: Korff, J 2019, Searchable Aboriginal History Timeline
- See the section on Ancient History: Timeline results for 3000 to 500000Note: the first claim on the timeline (placing human occupation in Australia at 400,000 years Before Present) is unsubstantiated by any scientific or historical research.
- The Australian Museum has a timeline linked to specific artefacts in their collection:
Australian Museum, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander collection timeline, updated 21/03/19 <https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/cultures/atsi-collection/timeline/>
- It is useful to have a conversation with your students about the Aboriginal concept of time and how linear progression is not always a relevant way to approach or understand the history of this culture. For a more in-depth conversation starter, see the movie Ten Canoes and discuss how time is represented here.
Scope and Diversity of Aboriginal Language Groups
- Map from Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).
PDF version, A3 size available here.
You can purchase a much larger version (841mmx1189mm - better for ease of reading individual areas) from the AIATSIS shop ($24.95):
This is especially useful to help students:
- visualise the scope of Aboriginal language groups
- identify their local language group(s)
- consider the relationship between size of language group and type of environment
- identify the language group(s) of the site(s) selected for study
- discuss how Aboriginal languages in two regions of Australia are associated with particular Country.
- Interactive Language Map from First Languages Australia.
This map allows you to type in a suburb and see its language group or type in a language group and see its region. E.g. type in the suburb of your school and see the corresponding language group.
- My Grandmother’s Lingo SBS program.
This is an approximately 10 minute long interactive language journey program that explores Indigenous connection to Country and language whilst teaching students a bit of an Indigenous language, Marra. https://www.sbs.com.au/mygrandmotherslingo/
Monash University website with interactive representation of Australian landscape changing through ancient past: