From illustration to evidence: the potential of photographs for Indigenous native title claims in Australia (2017–2021)

Abstract:
This project aims to evaluate the potential of historical photographs as evidence in native title claims to assist understanding of cultural continuities and changes in Aboriginal connections with place. Its significance is founded on developing an innovative methodology to document the evidentiary values of large photographic collections of Aboriginal people in southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales. The study will seek to identify the photographed subjects and the locations and circumstances of their images being recorded. The significance of the photographic archive for contemporary Aboriginal people will be addressed, drawing on literature in photographic theory, anthropology and Indigenous studies.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Indigenous
Researchers:
  • Research Fellow
    School of Social Science
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Emeritus Professor
    School of Social Science
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Professor
    School of Architecture
    Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
    Professor
    Institute for Social Science Research
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Funded by:
Australian Research Council