School of 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].

A recent project of Fred’s is: 'Devoted labour for the lost, the unknown but not forgotten dead': The Australian War Graves Workers' (1918-1922)’. This is a collaborative project between Fed Uni and Wind and Sky productions in partnership with the Australian Red Cross, the Australian War Memorial, the RSL and the Shrine of Remembrance. The project has received almost $80,000 in funding from the State Government of Victoria – and in-kind funding from partner organisations. A book proposal on the same topic is pending.

Fred is on the Editorial Board of ‘Provenance’, the journal of the Public Records Office of Victoria. He is a member of the 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 shortlisted 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 communities, institutions and organisations 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:

https://sovereignhillhiddenhistories.com.au/menu/

https://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 and 2018. See: https://mailchi.mp/ee5f297f9618/rethinking-the-australian-legend-2018

http://windsky.com.au/heroes-of-flood-and-fire-rethinking-the-australian-legend/

Six of Fred’s recent research publications are nominated in several categories for awards in the ‘2018 Victorian History Awards’:

Areas of expertise

Colonial Aboriginal History; Aboriginal Bio-Cultural Knowledge; Aboriginal Ecological Knowledge; Australian War Graves Detachment

Supervision

Current HDR students (2018)

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’

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’.

John Burch, [PhD by research] Identifying pre-colonial Aboriginal land use of the Mallee, principally in the back country, through the location of Aboriginal infrastructure.

Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnstone* [PhD by Research: Australian National University] The Narratives of Bunjil Patterns the Past and Future in the Present

HDR Completions (2015-2018)

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

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’.

Research interests

Fred is currently preparing a number of research projects including:

Weuffen, S., Cahir, F., Barnes, A., Powell, B. ‘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’.

Roberts, P., Clark. & Cahir, F. (SUBMITTED UNDER REVIEW 2018) ‘Making Fire: Regional Variation in Aboriginal Methods of Making Fire in the Ethnographic Record in Victoria’.

Cahir, F, [Ed.] (in prep, 2018) Australian Prime Ministers and Aboriginal Policy, 1901-1967.

Cahir, F (in prep, 2018) Vanishing Point: a solo cyclist in the desert and other stories. Create Space.

Cahir, F. (in prep, 2018) ‘Fashioning Australia: exploring adornment and beatification influences on both sides of the colonial frontier’.

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) Black Gold: a history of Aboriginal people’s roles on the gold fields of south-eastern Australia.

Cahir, F. (in prep 2018) “Send for the Blacks!” Aboriginal Heroes in times of fire flood and famine 1788-1930.

Recent peer reviewed publications

Books (2012-2018)

Cahir, F. (IN PRESS 2018) The First Invasion on Wadawurrung Country, 1800-1834. Ballarat Heritage Press, Ballarat.

Cahir, F. (IN PRESS 2018) “Warree Warree! My Country all gone. The White men have stolen it”: A History of the Wadawurrung and the colonists 1835-1860. Ballarat Heritage Press, Ballarat.

Cahir, F., Clark, I. & Clarke, P (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.

Book chapters (2012-2018)

Cahir, F., Clark, I. (In Press, 2018) ‘Exchange on the maritime frontier of southern Australia’ The First Wave: exploring early coastal contact history in Australia. Adelaide: Wakefield Press

Clark, I. Cahir, F. (In Press, 2018) ‘Understanding maritime explorers as ngamadjidj’ The First Wave: exploring early coastal contact history in Australia. Adelaide:Wakefield Press

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

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

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

Cahir, F. (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.pp. 151-172

Cahir, F. (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. Pp. 173-188.

Cahir, F. (2018) ‘concluding chapter’ in Cahir, F, Clark, I. and Clarke, P. 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 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.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 (2012-2018)

Cahir, F., Rippon, K & Kerin, R. (2018) ‘Aboriginal Evangelists to their white brethren in colonial Victoria’. Journal of Religious History, Vol. 42, no. 3.

Schlangoth, R., Cahir, F. & Clark, I. (2018) ‘Aboriginal people’s associations with koalas in Victoria’. 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 (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, 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.

Grants/ Research reports 2012-2018

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.

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. 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. & 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.

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. (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. (2011-12) 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

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
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

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 Awardfor 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

  • Editorial Board member of Provenance: Journal of the Public Records Office of Victoria 2014- present
  • 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
  • Expert Peer Reviewer for Office of Learning and Teaching and Australian Research Council