Jill Fenwick OAM

“When I began teaching Australian History back in the 1970’s, Aboriginal Australians got short shrift. Yes, they were the first peoples of Australia, but they were to many primitive and backward, being nomadic peoples who lived off the land, but were hunter-gatherers, who had not progressed or become ‘advanced’. After 40,000 years, they had no written language, no villages or towns, no domestic animals other than dogs, few tools and didn’t practice agriculture …”