School of Arts

Dr Fred Cahir (David)

Position: Associate Professor in Aboriginal History
Study area: Aboriginal History, 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 – Deakin University - 1992

Teaching

Program(s)

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Education

Courses

  • Indigenous Societies in Contemporary Australia (INDSL2105/3105)
  • Indigenous Education (EDBED3005)
  • Victorian Aboriginal History (INDSL 2109/3109)
  • Introduction to First Nations Perspectives (FEAFN 1102)
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Activism (BAXDC 2104)
  • Indigenous History (BAXDC 1002)
  • Myths and Massacres (BAXDC 2108 / 3108)

Biography

Associate Professor (Dr) Fred Cahir is an award-winning teacher and researcher. His teaching excellence has been recognised by winning Federation University ‘2020 Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Supervision’, ‘2013 Australian Awards for University Teaching Citation’ and a ‘2012 University of Ballarat Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Citation Award’.

Similarly, Fred’s research excellence has been recognised by winning many awards including the Australian Historical Association 2008 Alan Martin Award for his PhD Thesis 'Black Gold: the role of Aboriginal people on the Gold Fields of Victoria, 1850-1870'.

Fred’s (2012) book Black Gold has 100,000 downloads and consistently sits in the Australian National University E-Press top ten ‘most downloaded academic monographs’.

Fred has received many Commendation Awards by peak film and history/heritage organisations for his historical research such as Seeing the land from an Aboriginal canoe and ‘The Missing’. Several of his books have been shortlisted in major awards including the 2014 NSW Premier's History Awards’ for The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills (co-edited with Ian Clark) Fred was a co-Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkages project on this topic with the Royal Society Victoria

Fred’s other book publications including Aboriginal Bio-Cultural Knowledge in Southeastern Australia: Colonist’s Perspectives co-written with Ian Clark and Phillip Clarke and published by CSIRO Press in May 2018 has received wide critical acclaim by academic reviewers and Aboriginal communities and was reprinted within the year.

Fred has recently accepted an invitation (2019) as a partner researcher with Victorian Traditional Owners who are developing a Victorian Cultural Fire Strategy to enable the reintroduction of Cultural Fire to the Victorian landscape in partnership with the Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations (FVTOC).

Some of Fred’s funded research projects in 2020 include:

The role of Aboriginal Knowledge in the defence of Australia during World War 2 funded by a 2020 Australian Army History Unit Grant. This project will explore the Australian Army’s use of Aboriginal Knowledge (commonly referred to as bushcraft and incorporating Indigenous knowledge of food, medicine, signaling and tracking) as a strategic tool in their preparedness in the event of a land based invasion in World War 2.

‘Invisible People’ Aboriginal people in the 1850s – a Verbatim Theatre Production funded by a 2020 Federation University Cross School Research Group Research Grant in collaboration with Sovereign Hill Museum and Indigenous playwrights Isaac Drandic and Steph Skinner. This project aims to significantly transform the educational experience for visitors to Sovereign Hill. The ‘Invisible people’ play explores the profound impact of colonisation on Aboriginal people during the first 25 years of the establishment of the Colony of Victoria, which will allow visitors to explore a new perspective of the Aboriginal experience of the gold-rush.

‘Reimagining the Australian Legend – the Aboriginal Story’ funded by a 2020 Federation University School of Arts Grant. This project will re-trace and re-explain the national mystique or the 'Australian legend' popularised by Russell Ward's (1958) book. The authors shall present a radical new paradigm which foregrounds the Aboriginal voices that hitherto have been overlooked in order to distil the seminal influences that led to a distinctive ‘Australian-ness’.  Using the historical method this project shall illuminate how Aboriginal people have played a significant role in influencing what is commonly called the Australian Legend - or what may alternatively be termed Australia’s national song lines.

’Aboriginal Heroes of Fire, Flood and Food’. The project is funded by 2020 Telematics Trust.  This project will produce the first comprehensive digital map of Aboriginal heroism in Victoria documenting empirical examples from Victoria and south eastern Australia, in the period 1800-1930, specifically in relation to fire, flood and the search for food - which will link the spatial technology to the stories in an immediately engaging way. Other outcomes of the project include the production of a scholarly book to be published by Ballarat Heritage Studies and a short documentary film (produced by award winning documentary film makers ‘Wind and Sky’) chronicling stories of Aboriginal heroism.

Fred’s work often involves him working in Traditional Owner led research programs, in collaboration with a consortium of Universities from across Australia. His research focus is on exploring the valuable contribution that Aboriginal knowledge can provide to areas of highest priority such as the management of natural and cultural resources. His research engages with national debates about the role of Indigenous knowledge in heritage tourism, resource management, health and education.

Fred is a prolific researcher. In the past five years alone, he has published 48 peer reviewed publications including: 5 books, 26 book chapters and 17 journal articles. One of his two book publications in 2019 is My Country all gone. The White men have stolen it: The Invasion of Wadawurrung Country 1800-1870

My Country all gone is a ‘Shared History’ chronicling the invasion in the Ballarat and Geelong districts by the British colonists. This compelling trans-national history reveals how the Wadawurrung resisted the British encroaching on their Country - and actively sought cultural enrichment in the midst of frontier war.

Another recent project of Fred’s (2019) is ‘Ordinary People in Extraordinary Circumstance: The Australian War Graves Detachment, the Red Cross Volunteers, and the Crisis of the Missing’. This is a collaborative project between Fed Uni and Wind and Sky productions in partnership with the Australian Red Cross, the RSL and the Shrine of Remembrance.

One of the outcomes of this Victorian State Government funded project is the documentary film ‘The Missing’ which was a finalist in the Best Documentary – History category for the 2020 ATOM Awards and has been accepted for nomination in the 2021 Ogeechee International History Film Festival.

In addition to the documentary film Fred collaborated on a book Devoted labour for the lost, the unknown but not forgotten dead (2019) exploring the roles of the Australian War Graves Workers 1918-1922, which includes a chapter featuring biographies of four Aboriginal men who served their country as soldiers and then as War Graves Workers .

Fred’s ground-breaking work on Cultural Renewal Projects is his real passion. He works tirelessly alongside Aboriginal communities from across Australia on the revival and renewal of Aboriginal Knowledges. Some of his favourites include:

Murnong SEED Citizen Science Project

Possum Skin Cloak Making

'Indigenous people on the goldfields' Hidden Histories

Indigenous Ecological Knowledge

Aboriginal Land Management with Fire Heroes of flood and fire – Rethinking the Australian legend/

Stringy bark canoe making Restoring the Koorong tradition

Gardens of ethno-botanical interest

Fred presented the inaugural Lecture at the Gnarrwirring Ngitj (Learning Together) Festival and led an exciting month-long public lecture series ‘Rethinking the Australian Legend Lecture’ in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Rethinking the Australian legend 2018.

Fred is a regular speaker for community groups across Victoria (averaging over 20 guest speaker engagements per year) and on radio interviews and podcasts

He also produces podcast recordings of his solo cycling journeys through Australia’s deserts. Check out his ‘Tanami Desert by solo bicycle trek’ audioscape

Fred is on the Editorial Board of ‘Provenance’, the journal of the Public Records Office of Victoria. He is a member (by appointment) of AIATSIS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies), the peak body for Australian Indigenous research. Fred was a ‘University of Queensland Industry Research Fellow’ (2014) researching ‘Aboriginal people's roles on the Queensland Gold Fields’ and an ‘Australian Prime Ministers Centre Research Fellow’ (2014-15) examining the ‘relationships that Prime Ministers Alfred Deakin forged with Aboriginal people’

His research projects are of high national standards evidenced by his longstanding and ongoing role as an Australian Research Council (ARC) and Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) detailed assessor in the Aboriginal Studies field of research.

His collaborative research projects focusing on Aboriginal bio-cultural knowledge are at the forefront of this emerging field of research. A prominent example of this is his appointment by the Gunditjmara Community as a member of the Academic Panel tasked with advancing global recognition of Budj Bim Aboriginal Landscape as a World Heritage Nomination. The Budj Bim Aboriginal Landscape is the first Australian site (2019) listed exclusively for its Aboriginal cultural value. Fred’s research is also highly regarded by many cultural and natural resource agencies and is a founding member of the Koala History and Sustainability Research Cluster (KHSRC)

Testament to Fred’s exemplary commitment to community engagement is his 2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in the category of Excellence in Community Engagement. The community impact of his research activities is evidenced by writers, artists and the GLAMR (Galleries, Libraries & Museum Record keeping) sector who regularly make extensive use of Fred’s Aboriginal history research expertise. Some of these include:

The community impact of his research activities is evidenced by writers and the GLAMR (Galleries, Libraries & Museum Record keeping) sector organisations making extensive use of Fred’s Aboriginal history research expertise including:

Supervision

Present Higher Degree by Research students:

Adam Beck (PhD) Putupula: A history of Australian Rules football at the Ernabella Mission 1937-1974 - Principal Supervisor

Joel Boyd (PhD) Listening, learning, and lending support for emerging Aboriginal social enterprise opportunities in natural and cultural resource management in western Victoria: a critical ethnography - Principal Supervisor

Heather Anne Bullen (PhD) Multiple histories of peoples’ perception of, and engagement with paths, places and water in Central Australia’s arid zone - Principal Supervisor

Kathryn Whye (PhD) Caroline Parker: a Wailwan woman - Principal Supervisor

Alison McRae (MA) I Want to Know: Reclaiming Family Aboriginal History - Principal Supervisor

John Burch (PhD) Seasonal Visitors or Sophisticated Land Managers? Aboriginal People in the Northern Mallee - Associate Supervisor

Paul Michael Donovan (PhD) Contrasting Colonial Collectors: An examination of 19th Century Collectors of Victorian Indigenous Artefacts, Antiquarianism and Tourism – Associate Supervisor

Sunita Singaram (MA) Acculturation and Settlement Experiences Among CALD Migrant Women to Australia – Associate Supervisor

Don Butcher (MA) A history of conflicting demands and pressures on Victoria’s water ways (1835-1850) – Principal Supervisor

Elissa Ashton Smith (PhD) The conservation and management of sandy beach ecosystems: exploring the divergence between policy, science and socio-cultural expectations for use and stewardship – Associate Supervisor

Completed (2015-2020):

Richard Eldridge (MA) ‘The cultural interactions of Aborigines with Whales, Whalers and Whaling in southwest Victoria 1828-1850’

Sara Weuffen (PhD) ‘Your stories, my stories, our stories: power knowledge relations and Koorie perspectives in discourses of Australian history education’

Joan Hunt (PhD) ‘Mining a rich lode: The making of the Springdallah Deep Lead Goldfield communities’

Peta Jeffries (PhD) ‘Becoming "Brave and Gallant": Decolonising the myths of Burke and Wills; Cross-cultural exchanges and the co-production of knowledge during the Victorian Exploring Expedition and the subsequent Relief Expeditions’

Sarah McMaster (PhD) ‘Fear, resistance and reverence. European colonists’ observations of Aboriginal fire use in Victoria’.

David Dodd (MA) ‘The life and times of Dr Hermann Beckler (1828-1914) : An Australian - Bavarian Odyssey’

Heather Anne Bullen (MA) ‘Pandemic influenza at Oodnadatta, 1919: Aspects of treatment and care in a multiracial community’

Graham Hannaford (PhD) – ‘A Good Sheep Run. Letters from New South Wales in Scottish newspapers between 1820 and 1850 with potential to influence decisions on emigration’

Research interests

Colonial Aboriginal History; Aboriginal Bio-Cultural Knowledge; Aboriginal Ecological Knowledge; Aboriginal plants of ethno-botanical significance.

Connecting Research and Researchers (ORCiD): Fred Cahir

Peer reviewed publications

Books and edited books (2012-2021)

Cahir, F., Weuffen, S., Smith, M., Bakker, P., Smart, J. & Caminitti, J. (2019) ‘Devoted labour for the lost, the unknown but not forgotten dead’: The Australian War Graves Workers 1918-1922. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, U.K.

Cahir, F. (2019) My Country all gone. The White men have stolen it”: The Invasion of Wadawurrung Country 1800-1870. Australian History Matters, Ballarat.

Cahir, F., Clark, I. & Clarke, P (2018) Aboriginal Bio-Cultural Knowledge in SE Australia, 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.

Peer reviewed book chapters (2012-2021)

Weuffen, S., Cahir, F. (2019) ‘“Their Last Resting Place”: Foundations of Graves Work’. In Cahir, F. et al. ‘Devoted labour for the lost, the unknown but not forgotten dead’: The Australian War Graves Workers 1918-1922. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, U.K. pp.1-9.

Weuffen, S., Cahir, F. (2019) ‘The Australian War Graves Effort (1919-1922)’. In Cahir, F. et al. ‘Devoted labour for the lost, the unknown but not forgotten dead’: The Australian War Graves Workers 1918-1922. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, U.K. pp.11-35.

Cahir, F. (2019) ‘“He took pleasure in doing his duty”: Staff Sgt. Frank Cahir DSM, MM’. In Cahir, F. et al. ‘Devoted labour for the lost, the unknown but not forgotten dead’: The Australian War Graves Workers 1918-1922. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, U.K. pp. 55-73.

Bakker, P., Cahir, F. (2019) ‘“Dark in Complexion”: The Indigenous War Graves Workers’. In Cahir, F. et al. ‘Devoted labour for the lost, the unknown but not forgotten dead’: The Australian War Graves Workers 1918-1922. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, U.K. pp. 75-93.

Weuffen, S., Cahir, F. (2019) ‘Their Legacy’. In Cahir, F. et al. ‘Devoted labour for the lost, the unknown but not forgotten dead’: The Australian War Graves Workers 1918-1922. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, U.K. pp.129-143

Cahir, F., Clark, I. (2019) ‘Exchange on the maritime frontier of southern Australia’. In Gillian Dooley (ed.) The First Wave: exploring early coastal contact history in Australia. Adelaide: Wakefield Press.

Clark, I. Cahir, F. (2019) ‘Understanding maritime explorers as ngamadjidj’ In Gillian Dooley (ed.) The First Wave: exploring early coastal contact history in Australia. Adelaide: Wakefield Press.

Cahir, F and Clark, I (2019) ‘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. (2018) ‘Aboriginal Fire in southeast Australia’ in F. Cahir, I. Clark and P. Clarke. Aboriginal Bio-cultural Knowledge in Southeast Australia. CSIRO Press, Melbourne. pp.115-130.

Cahir, F. (2018) ‘Aboriginal Canoes in southeast Australia’ in F. Cahir, I. Clark and P. Clarke. Aboriginal Bio-cultural Knowledge in Southeast Australia. CSIRO Press, Melbourne. Pp. 133-150

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

Cahir, F. (2018) ‘Aboriginal housing in southeast Australia ’ in F. Cahir, I. Clark and P. Clarke. Aboriginal Bio-cultural Knowledge in Southeast Australia. CSIRO Press, Melbourne. pp. 151-172

Cahir, F. (2018) ‘Aboriginal clothing in southeast Australia’ in F. Cahir, I. Clark and P. Clarke. Aboriginal Bio-cultural Knowledge in Southeast Australia. CSIRO Press, Melbourne. Pp. 173-188.

Cahir, F. (2018) ‘Concluding chapter’ in F. Cahir, I. Clark and P. Clarke. Aboriginal Bio-cultural Knowledge in Southeast Australia. CSIRO Press, Melbourne. Pp.281-284.

Cahir, F. (2017), ‘Marngrook – The Indigenous Game’ In T Hogan (ed.) Reading the Game: a History of Australian Rules Football. Walla Walla Press: Sydney. Pp. 113-124

Clark, I & Cahir, F. (2016).’The Protectors Children and their relationships with Aboriginal peoples’. In Ian Clark and Fred Cahir [Eds] The Children of the Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate: Australian Scholarly Press, Melbourne, pp.1-23.

Clark, I & Cahir, F. (2016).’The Robinson Family’. In Ian Clark and Fred Cahir [Eds] The Children of the Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate: Australian Scholarly Press, Melbourne, pp.24-52.

Clark, I & Cahir, F. (2016).’The Dredge Family’. In Ian Clark and Fred Cahir [Eds] The Children of the Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate: Australian Scholarly Press, Melbourne, pp.53-61.

Clark, I & Cahir, F. (2016).’The Le Souef Family’. In Ian Clark and Fred Cahir [Eds] The Children of the Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate: Australian Scholarly Press, Melbourne, pp.62-177.

Clark, I & Cahir, F. (2016).’The Parker Family’. In Ian Clark and Fred Cahir [Eds] The Children of the Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate: Australian Scholarly Press, Melbourne, pp.178-239.

Clark, I & Cahir, F. (2016).’The Thomas Family’. In Ian Clark and Fred Cahir [Eds] The Children of the Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate: Australian Scholarly Press, Melbourne, pp.240-292.

Clark, I & Cahir, F. (2016).’The Sievwright Family’. In Ian Clark and Fred Cahir [Eds] The Children of the Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate: Australian Scholarly Press, Melbourne, pp.293-327.

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 F. Cahir, A. Inglis, J. Jones-O'Neill, A. Beggs Sunter. (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 F. Cahir, A. Inglis, J. Jones-O'Neill, A. Beggs Sunter. (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'. In M. Brett & J. Havea, 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.pp.261-278

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. pp.149-168.

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. pp. 1-14.

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. Pp.301-305.

Journal articles (2012-2021)

Cahir, F., Schlagloth, R. & Clark, I. (submitted, under review) ‘The Importance of the Koala in Aboriginal Society in Nineteenth-century Queensland (Australia): A Reconsideration of the Archival Record’

Roberts, P., Clark. & Cahir, F. (submitted, under review) ‘Making Fire: Regional Variation in Aboriginal Methods of Making Fire in the Ethnographic Record in Victoria’.

Wilkie, Benjamin, Cahir F., Clark, I. (2020) ‘Volcanism in Aboriginal Australian oral traditions: Ethnographic evidence from the Newer Volcanics Province’. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research403.

Clark, I. D., McMaster, S., Roberts, P., Cahir, F., & Wright, W. (2020). The tourism spectacle of fire making at Coranderrk Aboriginal Station, Victoria, Australia - a case study. Journal of Heritage Tourism15(3), 249–266.

.Cahir, F., Schlagloth, R. & Clark, I.D. (2020) ‘The Historic Importance of the Koala in Aboriginal Society in New South Wales (Australia): An Exploration of the Archival Record’. ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations and First Peoples' Cultures. Volume 3, no.2. pp.172-191.

Burch, J., Clark, I. & Cahir, F. (2020) ‘Parish maps as a source of evidence of Aboriginal land use in the Mallee back country’ Provenance – Journal of the Public records Office of Victoria. Issue 18

Clark, I., Schlagloth, R., Cahir, F. & McGuiness, G. (2020) ‘Kurrburra the Boonwurrung Wirrirrap and Bard (1797-1849) – a man of high degree’ Australian Journal of Biography and History, ANU Press. No. 4

Weuffen, S., Cahir, F., Barnes, A., Powell, B. (2019) ‘Uncovering Hidden Histories: Evaluating pre-service teachers' (PST) understanding of local Indigenous perspectives in history via digital storytelling at Australia's Sovereign Hill' Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education.

Cahir, F., Rippon, K & Kerin, R. (2019) ‘The Aboriginal Adjustment Movement in Colonial Victoria’. Journal of Religious History, Vol. 43, no. 4.

Schlangoth, R., Cahir, F. & Clark, I. (2018) ‘Aboriginal people’s associations with koalas in Victoria’. Anthrozoös: Journal of the International Society for Anthrozoology, Vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 433-441.

Cahir, F. (2018) ‘C.J La Trobe and the Wadawurrung, 1839-1853’ LaTrobeana. vol 17 (1) pp. 5-16.

Cahir, F & Tout, D. (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. Vol. 64, no. 2, pp. 1-17

Wedrowicz, F., Wright, W., Schlagloth, R., Santamaria, F. & Cahir, F. (2017) ‘Landscape, koalas and people: A historical account of koala populations and their environment in South Gippsland’ Australian Zoologist. Vol. 38, No. 4, pp. 518-536

Cahir, F., Horrocks, L., Tout, D. (2017) ‘Rethinking the Origins of the Australian Legend – the Aboriginal Origins’ AGORA. Vol. 52, No. 3, pp. 4-12.

Cahir, F., McMaster, S., Clark, I., Kerin, R., & Wright, W. (2016). Winda Lingo Parugoneit1 or Why Set the Bush [On] Fire? Fire and Victorian Aboriginal People on the Colonial FrontierAustralian Historical Studies47(2), 225–240.

Donovan, P.M.; Clark, I., and Cahir, F.. (2016). 'The remarkable disappearance of Messrs Gellibrand and Hesse'. What really happened in 1837?: A Re-examination of the historical evidence’. Victorian Historical Journal, Vol. 87, No. 2, pp. 278-297.

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, pp. 1-14.

Cahir, F. & Clark, I. (2015) ''John and Jackey': An exploration of Aboriginal and Chinese people's associations on the Victorian goldfields' Journal of Australasian Mining History. Vol. 13, pp. 23-41.

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. Vol. 100, pp. 18-22.

Research Grants/ Consultancy Research reports 2012-2021

Waldron, D. & Cahir, F. (2020) Bringing the Avenue of Honour to Life: the Lucas Girls and World War One Soldiers’ Victoria Remembers Grant Program, Victorian Premiers Office

Cahir, F & Tout, D. (2020)‘Reimagining the Australian Legend – the Aboriginal Story’ 2020 Federation University School of Arts Grant.

Cahir, F., Tout, D., Thompson, H. Horrocks, L., Nemo, J (2020) Aboriginal Heroes of Fire, Flood and Food. 2020 Telematics Trust.

Cahir, F. (2020) ‘The role of Aboriginal Knowledge in the defence of Australia during World War 2’ Australian Army History Unit Grant

Cahir, F., Tout, D., Weuffen, S., Campbell, A., Backer, E., Burke, J. (2020) ‘Invisible People: Verbatim Theatre Project’ Cross School Research Grant: Federation Business School, School of Arts, School of Education

Cahir, F., Horrocks, L., Nemo, J. & Weuffen, S. (2018-2019) ‘Ordinary people in Extraordinary Circumstances: The Australian War Graves Workers and the Red Cross Enquiry Volunteers’. Victoria Remembers Major Grant Program: Victorian Premiers Office. Category 1. Fed Uni Australia, Faculty of Education and Arts.

Gell, P., Cahir, F., Fletcher, M.S., Beck, K., Doan, P. & Gell, C. (2017-18) ‘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., 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. [Chief Investigators] (2011-2015) ‘The Burke and Wills Scientific Expedition 1860-1: The Aboriginal Story’ ARC Linkage with Royal Society of Victoria. Category 1

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., Clark, I., Jeffries, P. & Harris, C. (2011-12) ‘Research Literature Review of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge for Gunditj Mirring and Glenelg Hopkins CMA’ Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority & Parks Victoria.

Non-traditional research outputs 2012 - 2021

Nemo, J., Horrocks, L. & Cahir, F. (2019) ‘The Missing, the Red Cross Information Bureau and Australian War Graves Workers [Documentary Film]  Wind & Sky Productions

Nicholls, L. & Cahir, F. (2018) ‘Facing Up: A Sound Installation commenting on prime ministerial statements relating to the status and well-being of Australia’s Indigenous population from federation to the present day’, Creative Arts Australia [Victoria] & Biennale of Australian Art.

Clark, I. & Cahir, F. (2018) ‘The Indigenous People’ in P. Freund (ed.) In Occupation: Pastoral settlement in the Wimmera. Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, pp.10-13.

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

Sovereign Hill Museum and Cahir, F (2015) ‘Hidden Histories – The Wadawurrung People’ Digital Tour.

Cahir, F. & Clark, I. (2015) ‘Invisible People: Verbatim Theatre Research Report’ 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 (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

Awards/distinctions/scholarships 2012 - 2021

2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in the category of Excellence in Community Engagement.

2021 ‘Nomination in Ogeechee International History Film Festival. ‘The Missing’ Wind and Sky Productions: Jary Nemo, Lucinda Horrocks & Fred Cahir

2020 ‘Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Research Supervision’, Graduate Research School, Federation University Australia.

2020 Finalist in the Best Documentary – History category for the 2020 ATOM Awards, ‘The Missing’ Wind and Sky Productions: Jary Nemo, Lucinda Horrocks.

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 [short listed] (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'

Associations

  • Eureka Centre Community Advisory Committee
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
  • Expert Peer Reviewer for Office of Learning and Teaching
  • Expert Peer Reviewer for Australian Research Council
  • Editorial Board member of Provenance: Journal of the Public Records Office of Victoria
  • Victorian Historical Society
  • Australian Historical Society
  • Member of FedUni Reconciliation Action Plan Committee