Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Fred Cahir (David)

Position: Associate Professor in Aboriginal History - Aboriginal Studies Courses Coordinator
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 (INDSL1004)
  • Australian History Curriculum (EDBED1007)
  • Indigenous Culture (INDOL1001)
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Activism (INDSL2104)
  • Indigenous History (INDOL1002)
  • Intro to Social Inquiry (HX501)
  • Myths and Massacres (INDSL3108)
  • Indigenous Health (INDSL2106)Issues in Special Interest Tourism (JT705)

Student evaluation of teaching

Average cohort
2009-2012: 80
2014: 37
2015-16: 70

Response rate %

SET med: ‘overall satisfaction’

‘Appears knowledgeable in this subject area’.

SEC median: ‘overall I am satisfied with this course’

2009

62

4.8

4.8

2010

85

4.6

4.6

2011

70

4.9

4.5

2012

64

4.8

4.8

2014

22

87.5%

87.5%

2015

32

95%

95%

2016

16

100%

55%

2016 [summer school]

45

100%

100%

Average cohort
2009-2012: 80
2014: 37
2015-2016: 70

Response rate %

SET med: ‘Teacher provides constructive feedback’ / ‘Is enthusiastic in teaching this course’

SEC median: ‘Assessment methods feedback help my learning’/ ‘Is an effective teacher.’

2009

62

4.9

4.5

2010

85

4.5

4.4

2011

70

4.9

4.4

2012

64

4.9

4.7

2014

10

100%

100%

2015

32

90%

91%

2016

16

64%

55%

2016 [summer school]

45

100%

100%

NB: SETs and SECs are not available for 2013 as I was on research leave in semester one and technical problems in ‘Evaluate’ precluded students from providing feedback in 2013, semester two.

Biography

Dr Fred Cahir is an Associate Professor in Aboriginal Studies. He is the Aboriginal Studies courses coordinator (Mt Helen Campus) in the Faculty of Education and Arts.

His Masters and PhD focused on local Victorian Aboriginal history and he publishes widely in this field. 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; Traditional Aboriginal Knowledge; Toponyms [Place Names].

Fred is on the Editorial Board of Public Records Office of Victoria journal, a member of Koori Heritage Trust 'Moogli', Water Research Network, Royal Historical Society of Victoria, Australian Historical Society and the 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 personal 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: prisons, homeland outstations, TAFE, schools, Native Title groups, Registered Aboriginal Party's, Universities, Traditional Owners, Aboriginal Cultural Centres and Catchment Management Authorities.

Fred works as a teacher/researcher consultant with a wealth 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 ‘Rethinking the Origins of the Australian Legend – the Aboriginal Origins’ at the Gnarrwirring Ngitj (Learning Together) Festival 2016.

Areas of expertise

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

Research interests

Fred is currently preparing a number of research projects including:

Cahir, F., Clark, I. & Clarke, P (completion June 2017) Victorian Aboriginal Bio-Cultural Knowledge, CSIRO Books: Melbourne.
Cahir, F., Rippon, K  ‘Aboriginal Evangelists to their white brethren in colonial Victoria’ Journal of Religious Studies
Cahir, F. ‘Aboriginal people’s associations with whales and whaling in SE Australia’
Schlangott, R., Cahir, F. & Clark, I. ‘Aboriginal people’s associations with koalas in Victoria’ Anthrozoos journal
McMaster, S., Cahir, F., Clark, I & Wright, W. ‘Aboriginal Fire Fighters on the colonial frontier’ Aboriginal History
Cahir, F.A history of the Wadawurrung 1800-1900 [book publication]
Beck, A., Cahir, F & Judd, B., ‘A history of Aboriginal football in central Australia’ Sport History
Cahir, F. & Tout, Dan ‘Australian Prime Ministers and their associations with Aboriginal people, 1901-1967’ Book
Cahir, F. & Tout, Dan ‘Alfred Deakin and his association with Aboriginal people: a lasting legacy he’d rather forget’ Book chapter
Cahir, F. ‘John Curtin. ‘A nation for all Australians – but not Aboriginals’ [as above]
Cahir, F. ‘Immigrant Aboriginal Gold miners in the 19th Century: A Global Study’ [Book]
Cahir, F. ‘Dreaming of Gold – Aboriginal and gold mining in 19th century QLD’ [book chapter]
Cahir, F. “Learning Californian Manners”: Aboriginal Miners on the Californian Goldfields [as above]
Cahir, F. ‘Colonisers Participating in Corroborees: a Long History’ Tourism Management
Cahir, F. & Bakker, P. ‘Darkie Smith: Aboriginal Soldiers in the Australian War Graves Detachment’
Cahir, F & Tout, Dan ‘Rethinking the Origins of the Australian Legend – the Aboriginal Origins’

Supervision

Successful and Timely HDR Completions

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’

Current HDR Student

Sara Weuffen PhD (research) 2011- Inclusive Policy and Inclusive Practice: Two case studies of the Australian Curriculum: History, Aboriginal perspectives and teacher perceptions

Rolf Schlangoth PhD (research) 2014 - The Historic Importance of the Koala in Aboriginal Society in Victoria (Australia)

Kylie Rippon PhD (research) 2014 - The Impact of Intergenerational Trauma on Victorian Indigenous Parenting

Les Alderton MA (research) 2014 - From Outcast to Comrade: Australian Maritime Trade Unions and the struggle for Indigenous Rights in Southern and Eastern Australia.

Paul Michael Donovan PhD (research) 2015 - The Untold Colonial Narrative of the Port Phillip District. 1789-1851

Heather Anne Bullen MA (research) 2015 - The interactions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in central Australia, 1919 to1922

Sarah McMaster PhD (research) 2015- Indigenous fire practices in Victoria, looking at the way that use of fire has affected relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Adam Beck PhD (research) 2015 - What do young Australian Aboriginal men learn informally through participation in a remote Aboriginal Australian Rules football club; and what benefits these young men, and the community, get out of their participation.

Robert Lewis PhD (research) 2015 - Frontier Motives: squatters and Aboriginal people in western Victoria

Sam Crane MNurs (research) 2016 – Why do the Victorian Aboriginal populations continue to have a health status that replicates that of people living in Third World Nations?’

Graham Hannaford PhD (research) 2016 - Settlers, Aborigines and the land of the limestone plains in early colonial Australia Alison McRae [Honours Thesis] 2015 - “You don’t look Aboriginal” – The more I find out the darker I’m gettin’

Publications

Books

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

Cahir, F. (in press, 2016), ‘Marngrook – The Indigenous Game’ In T Hogan (ed.) Reading the Game: a History of Australian Rules Football. Walla Walla Press: Sydney.

Cahir, F. (in press, 2016), ‘Marngrook – The Indigenous Game Literature Review’ In T Hogan (ed), Reading the Game: a History of Australian Rules Football. Walla Walla Press: Sydney.

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 (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 (in press, 2016) ‘Gellibrand: a historical essay’, Victorian Historical Society Journal

Cahir, F., Weuffen, S. & McMaster, S. (accepted subject to editing, 2016) ‘We will be a hard hearted crowd when we get back’: An overview of the literature on the Australian War Graves Detachment 1919-1922’ International Journal of First World War Studies.

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.

McMaster, S., Cahir, F., Clark, I & Wright, W. (submitted 2016) 'Colonial preconceptions of fire and Australian Aboriginal people during the 1780s – 1830s.' The Historical Journal.

Cahir, F. & Rippon, K. (submitted 2016) ‘Aboriginal Religious Transformations in 19th Century Victoria’ Journal of Religious History

Cahir, F. (submitted 2016) ‘La Trobe and the vexed question of supplying Aboriginal people’s ‘temporal and spiritual wants’ LaTrobeana Journal

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.

Research reports / Consultancies

Cahir, F. & Clark, I. (2016) ‘Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Gariwerdt’ 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) ResearchLiterature Review of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge for Gunditjmirring 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 Gunditjmirring 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.

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 Fed Uni Reconciliation Action Plan
  • Member of Water Research Network (WRN)
  • Expert Peer Reviewer for Office of Learning and Teaching and Australian Research Council

Awards/distinctions/scholarships

2016 Club Melbourne Fellowship [Finalist] The Fellowship recognises excellence in research, innovation and leadership.

2016 Victorian Community History Awards [Commendation] History Article (Peer Reviewed) Award recognising the best essay or article published in a recognised peer reviewed journal that illuminates the history of Victoria or Victorians. ‘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. Published in 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'.