Mr Michael Aird

Research Fellow

School of Social Science
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 52022



  • BA, The University of Queensland


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  • Aird, Michael, Mapar, Mandana and Memmott, Paul Wild Australia, Meston's Wild Australia Show 1892-1893. St Lucia, QLD, Australia: University of Queensland Anthropology Museum, 2015.

  • Aird, Michael and Rigney, Virginia Saltwater country. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Museum and Gallery Services & Gold Coast City Galllery, 2014.

  • Aird, Michael and Mapar, Mandana Object of the story. Southport, QLD, Australia: Keeaira Press, 2013.

  • Aird, Michael Brisbane Blacks. Southport, QLD, Australia: Keeaira Press, 2001.

  • Aird, Michael I Know a Few Words: Talking About Aboriginal Languages 1st ed. Southport, QLD, Australia: Keeaira Press, 1996.

  • Aird, Michael Portraits of our elders. South Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Museum, 1993.

Book Chapter

  • Aird, Michael (2019). The exotic: what people see .... In Queen's Land Blak Portraiture: Late 19th Century to the Present (pp. 73-76) Cairns, QLD, Australia: Cairns Art Gallery.

  • Aird, Michael (2017). Gordon Hookey: another history, another reality. In Angela Goddard and Vivian Ziherl (Ed.), Gordon Hookey: summoning time - Painting & politikill transition in Murriland! (pp. 11-15) Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Griffith University.

  • Aird, Michael (2015). Early Queensland photographers and their Aboriginal subjects. In Judy Annear (Ed.), The photograph and Australia () Sydney, NSW, Australia: Art Gallery of New South Wales.

  • Aird, Michael (2015). Tactics of survival: images of Aboriginal women and domestic service. In Victoria K. Haskins and Claire Lowrie (Ed.), Colonization and domestic service: historical and contemporary perspectives (pp. 182-190) New York and London: Routledge.

  • Aird, Michael (2014). Aboriginal People and Four Early Brisbane Photogrpahers. In Jane Lydon (Ed.), Calling The Shots: Aboriginal Photographies (pp. 132-154) ACT, Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

  • Aird, Michael, Sullivan, Rodney and Barr, Todd (2014). Within Reach. In The River: A History of Brisbane (pp. 100-101) Brisbane: Museum of Brisbane.

  • Aird, Michael (2007). Defining who we are. In Djon Mundine (Ed.), Sunshine State Smart State (pp. 43-47) Campbelltown, NSW, Australia: Campbelltown Arts Centre.

  • Aird, Michael (2005). Growing up with Aborigines. In Christopher Pinney and Nicolas Peterson (Ed.), Photography's other hisotries (pp. 23-39) Durham, NC, United States: Duke University Press.

  • Aird, Michael (2002). Developments in the repatriation of human remains and other cultural items in Queensland, Australia. In Cressida Fforde, Jane Hubert and Paul Turnbull (Ed.), The dead and their possessions: repatriation in principle, policy and practice (pp. 303-311) New York, NY, United States: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Aird, Michael (2014). Documenting the ‘Exotic’ and ‘Savage’ in 1860s Brisbane, Queensland. In: Anthropology and Photography: Brtish Musuem, 29-31 May 2014. Anthropology and Photography, London, United Kingdom, (67-67). 29-31 May 2014.

  • Aird, Michael (2009). The face of change among Australian Aborigines. In: IMACO International Conference 2009: The World Map of Masks and Symbols. IMACO International Conference 2009: The World Map of Masks and Symbols, Bangkok, Thailand, (300-303). 12-14 November 2009.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)