Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Fred Cahir (David)

Position: Associate Professor in Aboriginal History
Study area: Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Mt Helen Campus, H Building, Room 216
Phone: 5327 9771
Email: f.cahir@federation.edu.au

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Ballarat - 2007
  • Master of Arts - University of Ballarat - 2001
  • Diploma TESOL - University of Ballarat - 2001
  • Preliminary Master of Arts - University of Ballarat - 1994
  • Graduate Diploma of Education - University of Ballarat - 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Ballarat - 1992

Teaching

Program(s)

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Education

Courses

  • Indigenous Societies in Contemporary Australia (INDSL2105)
  • Indigenous Education (EDBED3005)
  • Victorian Aboriginal History (BAXDC 1004)
  • Indigenous Culture (BAXDC 1001)
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Activism (BAXDC 2104)
  • Indigenous History (BAXDC 1002)
  • Myths and Massacres (BAXDC 2108 / 3108)

Biography

Dr David ‘Fred’ Cahir is an Associate Professor in Aboriginal Studies.

His Masters and PhD focused on local Victorian Aboriginal history. His PhD 'Black Gold: the role of Aboriginal people on the Gold Fields of Victoria' was awarded the Australian National University & Australian Historical Association 2008 Alan Martin Award for 'a PhD Thesis which has made a significant contribution to the field of Australian history.' [published in 2012: Aboriginal History & Australian National University E-Press].

His research interests include: Victorian Aboriginal History; Central Victoria Aboriginal History; Aboriginal History; Australian Frontier History; Aboriginal Heritage Tourism History; Aboriginal Bio-Cultural Knowledge; Toponyms [Place Names].

Fred is on the Editorial Board of ‘Provenance’, the Public Records Office of Victoria journal. He is a member of the Water Research Network, Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Australian Historical Society and AIATSIS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies).

One of his latest books, co-edited with Professor Ian Clark, The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills: Forgotten Narratives was nominated for the NSW Premier's History Awards in 2014.

Fred was a University of Queensland Industry Fellow (2014) researching ‘Aboriginal people's roles on the Queensland Gold Fields’ and also an Australian Prime Ministers Centre Fellow (2014) examining the ‘Relationships that Prime Ministers John Curtin and Alfred Deakin forged with Aboriginal people’.

Over the past thirty years Fred has worked with Aboriginal communities in both Victoria and the Northern Territory in many capacities and settings including: homeland outstations, TAFE, schools, Native Title groups, Registered Aboriginal Party's, Universities, Traditional Owners, Aboriginal Cultural Centres Catchment Management Authorities and prisons.

Fred works as a teacher/researcher consultant with a wide range of institutions and organisations including: Department of Sustainability, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, History Teachers Association of Victoria, State Library of Victoria, City of Ballarat, Sovereign Hill Museum, Victorian Catchment Management Authority, Department of Human Services, Regional Arts Victoria and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) Regional Office and schools across Victoria in exploring the application of Cultural Renewal Restorative Practices.

His work on Cultural Renewal Projects such as: 'Possum Skin Cloak Making', 'Indigenous people on the goldfields', 'Indigenous Ecological Knowledge', 'Aboriginal Land Management with Fire', 'Stringy bark canoe making' and 'Bush Tucker Gardens' have substantially contributed to many teaching and research achievements including successful documentary grant applications, major exhibitions, national educational initiatives at museums, schools and web based resource tools.

Fred's research projects have recently (2015) contributed to two major cultural education outcomes for Culture Victoria and Sovereign Hill Museum. See them at: http://sovereignhillhiddenhistories.com.au/menu/

http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/stories/aboriginal-culture/seeing-the-land-from-an-aboriginal-canoe/

Fred presented the inaugural Lecture at the Gnarrwirring Ngitj (Learning Together) Festival 2016 and led an exciting month long public lecture series ‘Rethinking the Australian Legend Lecture’ in 2017 held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. See: http://windsky.com.au/heroes-of-flood-and-fire-rethinking-the-australian-legend/

Areas of expertise

Colonial Aboriginal History; Aboriginal Bio-Cultural Knowledge; Aboriginal Ecological Knowledge

Supervision

Current HDR students

Kylie Rippon MA (research) – ‘The Impact of Intergenerational Trauma on Victorian Indigenous Parenting’

Paul Michael Donovan PhD (research) – ‘Encountering and Collecting: An examination of Wadawurrung Cultural Heritage in the Colonial Economy of the Port Phillip District 1835-1851’

Heather Anne Bullen MA (research) – ‘Camel Padre, Nurse and Influenza in Oodnadatta: treatment, care and response of European, Aboriginal, Chinese, and Afghan people to the influenza pandemic of 1919’.

Sarah McMaster PhD (research) – ‘Fear, resistance and reverence. Aboriginal fire use in Victoria according to European colonists 1800-1900’.

Adam Beck PhD (research) – ‘‘Straight way’ football: An intercultural construction of Anangu football at Ernabella, South Australia.’

Graham Hannaford PhD (research) – ‘Settlers, Aborigines and the land of the limestone plains in early colonial Australia’.

Alison McRae [MA Research] - “You don’t look Aboriginal” – The more I find out the darker I’m gettin’

Kel Raison [PhD by research: Southern Cross University] ‘Water and Aboriginal Ecology’.

HDR Completions (2012-2017)

David Dodd MA ‘The Life and Times of Dr Hermann Beckler: An Australian - Bavarian Odyssey’

Richard Eldridge MA ‘The Cultural Interactions of Aborigines with whales and whaling in Southwest Victoria 1828-1850.’

Joan Hunt PhD 'Mining a rich lode: The making of the Springdallah deep-lead goldfield communities'.

Peta Jeffries PhD ‘Decolonising the myths: Interactions between The Victorian Exploring Expedition, the Relief Expeditions, Aboriginal People and the Land’

Sara Weuffen PhD Inclusive Policy and Inclusive Practice: Two case studies of the Australian Curriculum: History, Aboriginal perspectives and teacher perceptions

Research interests

Fred is currently preparing a number of research projects including:

Weuffen, S., Cahir, F., Barnes, A., Powell, B. (SUBMITTED, UNDER REVIEW 2017) ‘Uncovering Hidden Histories: Local Wadawurrung stories and digital learning tools at a living history museum’.

Ian D. Clark; Sarah McMaster, Fred Cahir, Wendy Wright (SUBMITTED, UNDER REVIEW 2017) ‘The tourism spectacle of fire making at Coranderrk Aboriginal Station, Victoria, Australia – a case study’.

Cahir, F., Clark, I. (SUBMITTED, UNDER REVIEW 2017) ‘Exchange on the maritime frontier of southern Australia’ The First Wave: exploring early coastal contact history in Australia.

Clark, I. Cahir, F. (SUBMITTED UNDER REVIEW 2017) ‘Understanding maritime explorers as ngamadjidj’ The First Wave: exploring early coastal contact history in Australia.

Roberts, P., Clark. & Cahir, F. (SUBMITTED UNDER REVIEW 2017) ‘Making Fire: Regional Variation in Aboriginal Methods of Making Fire in the Ethnographic Record in Victoria’.

Beck, A., Cahir, F. ‘A history of Aboriginal football in central Australia’ [in preparation, 2017].

Cahir, F., Rippon, K & Kerin, R. (SUBMITTED, UNDER REVIEW 2017) ‘Aboriginal Evangelists to their white brethren in colonial Victoria’.

Cahir, F. (in prep, 2017) ‘Australia is a British land of one race and one tongue’ John Curtin and Aboriginal policy’. In F. Cahir (Ed.) Australian Prime Ministers and Aboriginal Policy, 1901-1967.

Cahir, F, [Ed.] (in prep, 2017) Australian Prime Ministers and Aboriginal Policy, 1901-1967.

Cahir, F. (in prep, 2017) ‘Alfred Deakin and Aboriginal policy’. In F. Cahir (Ed.) Australian Prime Ministers and Aboriginal Policy, 1901-1967.

Cahir, F (in prep, 2017) ‘Robert Menzies and Aboriginal Policy’. In F. Cahir (Ed.) Australian Prime Ministers and Aboriginal Policy, 1901-1967.

Cahir, F (in prep, 2017) ‘Australian Prime Minister’s and Aboriginal Policy: Pre 1967 Referendum’. In F. Cahir (Ed.) Australian Prime Ministers and Aboriginal Policy, 1901-1967.

Cahir, F (in prep, 2017) ‘Australian Prime Minister’s and Aboriginal Policy pre 1967: the implications for the future’. In F. Cahir (Ed.) Australian Prime Ministers and Aboriginal Policy, 1901-1967.

Cahir, F (in prep, 2017) ‘Joe Lyons and Aboriginal Policy’. In F. Cahir (Ed.) Australian Prime Ministers and Aboriginal Policy, 1901-1967.

Cahir, F (in prep, 2017) Vanishing Point: a solo cyclist in the desert and other stories. Create Space.

Cahir, F. (in prep, 2017) ‘Fashioning Australia: exploring adornment and beatification influences on both sides of the colonial frontier’.

Cahir, F. A history of the Wadawurrung: 1800-1860 [in prep].

Cahir, F and Weuffen, S. (in prep 2018) ‘We will be a hard hearted crowd when we get back’: An overview of the literature on the Australian War Graves Detachment 1918-1922’. In F. Cahir & S

Weuffen (Ed.s) A History of the Australian War Graves Detachment 1918-1922.

Cahir, F and Bakker, P. (In prep, 2018) ‘Darky Smith: an Aboriginal soldier in the AWGD’. In F. Cahir & S Weuffen (Ed.s) A History of the Australian War Graves Detachment 1918-1922.

Cahir, F and Weuffen, S. (In prep 2018) (Ed.s) A History of the Australian War Graves Detachment 1918-1922.

Cahir, F. (In prep, 2018) ‘Frank Cahir: a photographer in the AWGD’. In F. Cahir & S Weuffen (Ed.s) A History of the Australian War Graves Detachment 1918-1922.

Cahir, F and Weuffen, S. (in prep) ‘concluding chapter’. In F. Cahir & S Weuffen (Ed.s) A History of the Australian War Graves Detachment 1918-1922.

Cahir, F. (in prep, 2018) Black Gold: a history of Aboriginal people’s roles on the gold fields of south-eastern Australia.

Schlangoth, R., Cahir, F. & Clark, I. (submitted, under review) ‘Aboriginal people’s associations with koalas in Victoria’.

Publications

Books

Cahir, F., Clark, I. & Clarke, P (IN PRESS 2018) Aboriginal Bio-Cultural Knowledge, CSIRO Books: Melbourne.

Clark, I.D & Cahir, F. (eds.) (2016) The Children of the Port Phillip Protectorate: An Anthology of their Reminiscences and Contributions to Aboriginal Studies, Australian Scholarly Press: Melbourne.

Cahir, F., Inglis, A. & Beggs Sunter, A. (eds.) (2015) Scots under the Southern Cross, Ballarat Heritage Press: Ballarat.

Clark, I. & Cahir, F. (eds.) (2013), Burke and Wills: The Aboriginal Story, CSIRO: Melbourne.

Cahir, F. (2012), Black Gold: A History of the Role of Aboriginal People on the Goldfields of Victoria, 1850-1870. Aboriginal History Press, Australian National University: Canberra.

Clark, I.D. & Cahir, D. (2004) Tanderrum, Freedom of the Bush: The Djadjawurrung presence on the Goldfields of Central Victoria. FOMAD: Castlemaine

Book chapters

Cahir, F and Clark, I (IN PRESS 2018) ‘Aboriginal corroborees on the Victorian Goldfields’. In D. Wickham and C. Gervasoni (Eds) Pay Dirt, Hidden Gold, Ballarat: Ballarat Heritage Press

Cahir, F., McMaster, S. (IN PRESS 2018) ‘Aboriginal Fire in southeast Australia’ in Cahir, F, Clark, I. and Clarke, P. Aboriginal Bio-cultural Knowledge in Southeast Australia. CSIRO Press, Melbourne.

Cahir, F. (IN PRESS 2018) ‘Aboriginal Canoes in southeast Australia’ in Cahir, F, Clark, I. and Clarke, P. (2017) Aboriginal Bio-cultural Knowledge in Southeast Australia. CSIRO Press, Melbourne.

Cahir, F. (IN PRESS 2018) ‘introduction chapter’ in Cahir, F, Clark, I. and Clarke, P. Aboriginal Bio-cultural Knowledge in Southeast Australia. CSIRO Press, Melbourne.

Cahir, F. (IN PRESS 2018) ‘Aboriginal housing / Shelter in southeast Australia ’ in Cahir, F, Clark, I. and Clarke, P. Aboriginal Bio-cultural Knowledge in Southeast Australia. CSIRO Press, Melbourne.

Cahir, F. (IN PRESS 2018) ‘Aboriginal clothes / Shelter in southeast Australia’ in Cahir, F, Clark, I. and Clarke, P. Aboriginal Bio-cultural Knowledge in Southeast Australia. CSIRO Press, Melbourne.

Cahir, F. (IN PRESS 2018) ‘concluding chapter’ in Cahir, F, Clark, I. and Clarke, P. Aboriginal Bio-cultural Knowledge in Southeast Australia. CSIRO Press, Melbourne.

Cahir, F. (2017), ‘Marngrook – The Indigenous Game’ In T Hogan (ed.) Reading the Game: a History of Australian Rules Football. Walla Walla Press: Sydney.

Cahir, F. (2016) ‘The Mystery of the Moranghurk Sculptures’. In Forgotten and Dark Folklore. David Waldron (ed), Australian Scholarly Press. Pp. 143-150.

Cahir, F. (2015), 'We had a good many visits from them': Aboriginal/Scottish shared performance spaces on the Victorian frontier'. In Cahir, F., Inglis, A., Jones-O'Neill, J., Beggs Sunter, A. (eds) Scots under the Southern Cross: Scottish perspectives of Australia, Ballarat Heritage Services: Ballarat.

Cahir, F. (2015),'The Songlines of the Scots in Australia: An Introduction'. In Cahir, F., Inglis, A., Beggs Sunter, A. (Eds) Scots under the Southern Cross: Scottish perspectives of Frontier Australia, Ballarat Heritage Services: Ballarat.

Cahir, F. (2014) 'Why did squatters in colonial Victoria use Indigenous place names for their sheep stations?' in Clark, I., Hercus, L. and Kostanski, L. (eds.) Indigenous and Minority Place Names - Australian and International Perspectives, Aboriginal History Monograph Series, 221-234, ANU E-Press and Aboriginal History Press: Canberra.

Clark, I., Cahir, F. (2014), 'John Green, manager of Coranderrk Aboriginal station and General Inspector - but also a ngamadjidj and a pied piper of Aboriginal children? - New insights into his work with Victorian Aboriginal people in the nineteenth century', Story Weaving: Colonial Contexts and Post-colonial Theology. Palgrave Macmillan: Sydney.

Cahir, F. (2013) "We have received news from the blacks": Aboriginal reports of the McKinlay rescue expedition' in Clark, I. & Cahir, F. (eds.) Burke and Wills: The Aboriginal Story, 261-278, CSIRO: Melbourne.

Cahir, F. (2013) "Devil been walk about tonight - not devil belonging to blackfellow, but white man devil. Methink Burke and Wills cry out tonight 'What for whitefellow not send horses and grub?'" - An examination of Aboriginal oral traditions of colonial explorers' in Clark, I. & Cahir, F. (eds.) Burke and Wills: The Aboriginal Story, 149-168, CSIRO: Melbourne.

Clark, I. & Cahir, F. (2013) 'The Aboriginal Legacy of the Burke and Wills Expedition Story - An Introduction' in Clark, I. & Cahir, F. (eds.) Burke and Wills: The Aboriginal Story, 1-14, CSIRO: Melbourne.

Clark, I. & Cahir, F. (2013) "I suppose we will have to live like the Aborigines for a time" - Concluding Comments' in Clark, I. & Cahir, F. (eds.) Burke and Wills: The Aboriginal Story, 301-305, CSIRO: Melbourne.

Cahir, F. (2010), '"Are you off to the Diggings?": Aboriginal Guiding to and on the Goldfields' in Russell, L. and Arnold, J.(eds.), Indigenous Victorians: Repressed, Resourceful and Respected State Library of Victoria Foundation, Melbourne, pp.22-37

Cahir, D. (2006) 'Finders not Keepers: Aboriginal People on the Goldfields of Victoria' in Mayne, A. (ed), Eureka: Reappraising an Australian Legend. Network Books, Curtin University of Technology, pp.143-153.

Refereed journal articles

Cahir, F. (IN PRESS, 2018) ‘C.J La Trobe and the Wadawurrung, 1839-1853’ LaTrobeanea

Cahir, F & Tout, D. (IN PRESS, 2018) ‘All that appears possible now is to mitigate as much as possible the trials of their closing years.’ Alfred Deakin’s connections with Aboriginal Affairs’, Australian Journal of Politics and History.

Faye Wedrowicz, Wendy Wright, Rolf Schlagloth, Flavia Santamaria, Fred Cahir. (2017) ‘Landscape, koalas and people: A historical account of koala populations and their environment in South Gippsland’ Australian Zoologist.

Cahir, F., Horrocks, L., Tout, D. (2017) ‘Rethinking the Origins of the Australian Legend – the Aboriginal Origins’ AGORA.

Cahir, F (2016) 'Customary use of fire, fighting fire and fighting with fire by Aboriginal people in south east Australia: a survey of Aboriginal peoples associations with fire in the historical literature' History Australia. Volume 47, Issue 2, pp. 225-240.

Donovan, PM., Clark, I. & Cahir, F (2016) ‘Gellibrand: a historical essay’, Victorian Historical Society Journal

Weuffen, S., Cahir, F. and Zeegers, M. (2016) ‘What’s in a Name?: Exploring the Implications of Eurocentric (Re)naming Practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nomenclature in Australian Education Practices’, The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, , pp. 1–10.

Weuffen, S & Cahir, F. (2016) "The centrality of Aboriginal cultural workshops and experiential learning in a pre-service teacher education course: A regional Victorian university case study" Journal of Higher Education Research & Development, vol 35, no.5, 1-14.

Cahir, F. & Clark, I. (2015) ''John and Jackey': Aboriginal and Chinese people's associations in colonial Victoria' Journal of Australasian Mining History

Cahir, F. (2014) 'Murnong, much more than a food', Artefact: Journal of the Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria . (35), 23-33.

Cahir, F. & Clark, I. (2014) 'Aboriginal and Maori interactions in Victoria Australia, 1830-1900: A preliminary analysis'. New Zealand Journal of History.48, (1) 109-126.

Cahir, F (2014) 'Finding Indigenous History in the RHSV Collections'. Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Victorian Historical Journal 85, (1) pp. 1-18.

Cahir, F. & Clark, I. (2013), 'The Historic Importance of the Dingo in Aboriginal Society in Victoria (Australia): A Reconsideration of the Archival Record', Anthrozoos: Journal of the International Society for Anthrozoology. 26 (2) pp.185-199.

Cahir, F. (2012) 'Slowly and peacefully he took us over the dead water of the little inlet we were in' - Seeing the land from an Aboriginal canoe.' Signals: Journal of the National Maritime Museum.100, 18-22.

Clark, I. & Cahir, F. (2011), 'Understanding the Enemy - Ngamadjidj or Foreign Invader? Aboriginal Perceptions of Europeans in Nineteenth Century Western Victoria', Journal of Australian Colonial History, 13, 105-125.

Cahir, D. & Clark, ID (2010), 'An edifying spectacle': a history of 'tourist corroborees' in Victoria, Australia, 1835-1870', Tourism Management, 31, 412-420.

Cahir, D & Clark, ID (2009) 'A case of allegiance: Peter Mungett born out of the allegiance of the queen belonging to a sovereign and independent tribe of Ballan', Provenance: The Journal of the Public Record Office of Victoria, September, 8, pp. 1-19.

Clark, I.D. & Cahir, D.A.(2008) 'The comfort of strangers': hospitality on the Victorian goldfields, 1850-1860', Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 15, 1, 2-7.

Cahir, D. (2008) 'The attraction of gold mining in Victoria for Aboriginal people' Journal of Australasian Mining History, 6, 46-69.

Cahir, D. & Clark, I. (2008) 'why should they pay money to the Queen?' Aboriginal Miners and Land Claims' in Journal of Australian Colonial History, 10, 1, 115-128.

Cahir, D. (2005) 'Tales in a Name: Discovering Inter-cultural relations through Place Names', Victorian History Journal, 76, 2,199-210.

Cahir, D. (2005) 'Dallong - Possum skin rugs: a study of an inter-cultural trade item in Victoria'Provenance: The Journal of the Public Record Office of Victoria, November, 4, 1-6. Website: http://www.prov.vic.gov.au

Clark, I.D. & Cahir, D. (2003) 'A Critique of 'Forgetfulness' and Exclusivity; the benefits of inclusiveness for goldfields tourism in Victoria'. Journal of Tourism, Culture and Communication. 4, 3,123-136.

Grants/ Research reports / Consultancies

Gell, P., Cahir, F., Fletcher, M.S., Beck, K., Doan, P. & Gell, C. (2017) ‘Gunbower Forest Sediment Cores for Ecological and Cultural Change’ North Central Catchment Management Authority & Barapa Barapa Traditional Owners. FOST, Fed Uni Mt Helen.

Cahir, F. & Clark, I. (2016) ‘Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Gariwerd' Parks Victoria Grampians & Gariwerds Traditional Owners (TOs) represented by Barengi Gadjin, Martang and Eastern Maar. Faculty of Education and Arts: Federation University, Mt Helen.

Cahir, F. & Clark, I. (2016) ‘Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Gariwerd' Parks Victoria Grampians & Gariwerds Traditional Owners (TOs) represented by Barengi Gadjin, Martang and Eastern Maar. Faculty of Education and Arts: Federation University, Mt Helen.

Cahir, F., McMaster, S., Clark, I. & Thompson, H. (CeRDI) (2016) Aboriginal Ecological Knowledge - Gunaikurnai Information Hub. Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation. Federation University: CeRDI, Mt Helen Campus

Clark, I., Cahir, F. & Ryan, E. (2016) ‘Research Notes on Charley and Captain for Ballarat Fine Art Gallery’, Aboriginal Studies Research Unit, Federation University.

Cahir, F. & Clark, I. (2015) ‘Invisible People’ Verbatim Theatre prepared for Sovereign Hill Museums Association by Federation University Aboriginal Studies Research Unit.

Cahir, F. (2014) Aboriginal People of the Victorian Goldfields – Digital Tour for Telematics / Sovereign Hill Museums Association prepared for Sovereign Hill Museums Association by Federation University Aboriginal Studies Research Unit.

Cahir, F. (2014) Academic research review of: ‘Six Generations Yarning Together: Local Aboriginal Needs Analysis Project 2014’ for Kurnai Nations and Baw Baw Shire prepared by Federation University Aboriginal Studies Research Unit.

Cahir, F. (2013) Customary use of fire, fighting fire and fighting with fire in S-E Australia, for North East Catchment Management Authority, University of Ballarat Aboriginal Studies Research Unit, School of Education and Arts

Cahir, F. (2013) Pest Animal Management within the Mallee Region, specifically in relation to Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Sites - Literature Review , Mallee Catchment Management Authority, University of Ballarat Aboriginal Studies Research Unit, School of Education and Arts

Cahir, F (2012) Indigenous people on the goldfields for the Sovereign Hill Museums Association, School of Education & Arts, University of Ballarat

Cahir, F (2012) Indigenous Ecological Knowledge: Interpretative Research for Narmbool - Sovereign Hill Museums Association, School of Education & Arts, University of Ballarat

Cahir, F., Clark, I., Jeffries, P. & Harris, C. (2011) Research Literature Review of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge for Gunditj Mirring and Glenelg Hopkins CMA Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority & Parks Victoria.

Palmer, G. and Cahir, F. (2010), Research Literature Review of Fire in River Red Gum Communities, prepared for Parks Victoria. UB Centre for Environmental Management: University of Ballarat.

Cahir, F (2010), The Australian War Grave Detachment Research Report prepared for Australian Army History Unit, School of Behavioural Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Ballarat.

Non-traditional research outputs

Horrocks, L, Nemo, Jary. & Cahir, F (2015) ‘Seeing the land from an Aboriginal Canoe’ Culture Victoria Website. Wind & Sky Productions, State Library of Victoria, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Public Record Office Victoria, Museum Victoria and Sovereign Hill Museums Association: Gold Museum. Film running time 10:27 http://windsky.com.au/seeing-the-land-from-an-aboriginal-canoe-project-is-online/

Sovereign Hill Museum and Cahir, F (2015) ‘Hidden Histories – The Wadawurrung People’ Digital Tour. http://sovereignhillhiddenhistories.com.au/timeline/mobile.html

Grants and commissioned research projects

Cahir, F. McMaster, S. Clark, I. & Thompson, H (Cerdi: in progress, 2015-16) Aboriginal Ecological Knowledge - Gunaikurnai Information Hub. Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation. Category 2

Cahir, F. & Clark, I. (FEA: in progress, 2015-2016) ‘Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Gariwerd – Scoping project’ Parks Victoria Grampians & Gariwerds Traditional Owners (TOs) represented by Barengi Gadjin, Martang and Eastern Maar. Category 3

2011-2014 ‘The Burke and Wills Scientific Expedition 1860-1: The Aboriginal Story’ ARC Linkage Ian Clark Fred Cahir. Category 1

2011 Indigenous Ecological Knowledge for Gunditj Mirring Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority & Parks Victoria. Cahir, F Clark, I. Jeffries, P. Harris, C. Category 2

2013 Pest Animal Management within the Mallee Region, specifically in relation to Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Sites Mallee Catchment Management Authority Fred Cahir. Category 3

2010 Fire in River Red Gum Communities Parks Victoria Grant Palmer (UB) Fred Cahir. Category 3 2010 Australian War Graves Detachment Australian Army History Unit Fred Cahir. Category 3.

2010 Australian War Graves Detachment Australian Army History Unit Fred Cahir. Category 3.

Awards/distinctions/scholarships

2017 Finalist, Best Cultural Diversity, Setting Sun Short Film Festival, Yarraville, ‘Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe’. Wind and Sky Productions. Written by Fred Cahir and Lucinda Horrocks.

2017 Finalist, Best Documentary Metro, Setting Sun Short Film Festival, Yarraville, Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe’ Wind and Sky Productions. Written by Fred Cahir and Lucinda Horrocks

2017 Local History Project Award [Commendation] The Children of the Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate. Ian D. Clark and Fred Cahir, Australian Scholarly Press.

2016 Club Melbourne Fellowship [Finalist]

2016 Victorian Community History Awards [Commendation] History Article (Peer Reviewed) Award. ‘Winda Lingo Parugoneit or Why Set the Bush [On] Fire? Fire and Victorian Aboriginal people on the Colonial Frontier’ Fred Cahir, Sarah McMaster, Ian Clark, Rani Kerin and Wendy Wright, Australian Historical Studies

2016 MAGNA Museums and Galleries National Awards [High Commendation] ‘Seeing the Land from an Aboriginal Canoe’ Documentary produced by Wind & Sky Productions, written by Fred Cahir and Lucinda Horrocks for the online portal Culture Victoria.

2015 Victorian Community History Awards [Commendation] History Publication Award recognising the most outstanding community history project submitted in the 2013 Victorian Community History Awards(Small Publication Award category). Cahir, F. (2014) 'Murnong, much more than a food', Artefact: Journal of the Archaeological and Anthropological Society of Victoria . (35), 23-33.

2014 NSW Premier's History Awards [shortlisted] (Australian History Prize category) for 'The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills: Forgotten Narratives' Ian Clark and Fred Cahir (eds.).

2014 Australian Prime Ministers Centre Fellowship 'for examining the personal relationships that Prime Ministers John Curtin and Alfred Deakin forged with Aboriginal people.'

2014 University of Queensland Industry Fellowship 'for researching Aboriginal people's roles on the Queensland Gold Fields'

2013 Australian OLT Awards for University Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: 'for designing imaginative and authentic learning experiences which empower Indigenous studies students to draw upon research and theory to underpin their philosophy and practice.'

2013 Victorian Community History Awards [Commendation] History Publication Award recognising the most outstanding community history project submitted in the 2013 Victorian Community History Awards, (History Publication Award category) Black Gold Aboriginal people on the Goldfields of Victoria, 1850-1870.

2013 Victorian Community History Awards [Commendation] History Publication Award recognising the most outstanding community history project submitted in the 2013 Victorian Community History Awards (Small Publication Award category) 'The Historic Importance of the Dingo in Aboriginal Society in Victoria (Australia): A Reconsideration of the Archival Record'. Published in Anthrozoos Journal of the International Society for Anthrozoology

2012 University of Ballarat Vice-Chancellor's Citation Award: Contributions to Student Learning at the University of Ballarat 'for using his high level of knowledge and expertise as a researcher to support student learning'

2008 Australian National University & Australian Historical Association Alan Martin Award' for a PhD thesis which has made a significant contribution to the field of Australian history'.

2007 Academic Excellence Award School of Business, University of Ballarat. 2004-2006 APAI PhD scholarship for ARC Linkage project 'Black Gold: A History of Aboriginal People on the Goldfields of Victoria'.

2004-2006 APAI PhD scholarship for ARC Linkage project 'Black Gold: A History of Aboriginal People on the Goldfields of Victoria'.

Associations

  • Geographics Indigenous Place Names Advisory Panel, Surveyor General's Department, 2012 -present [Appointment]. Historical Content Administrator, 2007- 2016
  • Editorial Board member of Provenance: Journal of the Public Records Office of Victoria 2014- present
  • Academic Panel, Budj Bim World Heritage Nomination Symposium 2011
  • Victorian Historical Society 2005-present
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies 2014 - present
  • Australian Historical Society, 2011-present
  • ‘Invisible People’ Academic Research Panel, Sovereign Hill
  • Member of FedUni Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Member of Water Research Network (WRN)
  • Expert Peer Reviewer for Office of Learning and Teaching and Australian Research Council