Writing the history of the Newcastle-Lake Macquarie
area has largely been the domain of non-Aborigines. For more than
a century, local authors, dilettantes, journalists, genealogists,
antiquarians, municipal committees and historical societies have
produced literature to describe and commemorate a local past.
On the whole, Aboriginal people have not rated highly among the
interests and concerns of local history, being entirely neglected
in many works, badly misunderstood in others. Only recently have
indigenous authors and scholars begun to write history according
to their own experiences and perceptions.
This section of the Awaba project is devoted
to aspects of Aboriginal history in the Newcastle-Lake Macquarie
area, particularly the history they have shared with non-indigenous
peoples over two-hundred years of contestation and coexistence.
It features contributions from indigenous and non-indigenous historians
on a variety of topics including: