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
  • Bush Medicine Project

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

Fred’s 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.' [Subsequently published in 2012 by Aboriginal History Journal & Australian National University E-Press]. ANU E-press download data reveals that this research publication persistently sits in their ‘top ten most downloaded academic monographs’. Fred has received many Commendation Awards (2013-2017) by peak History Studies body for his peer reviewed research publications. One of his latest books ‘Aboriginal Bio-Cultural Knowledge in Southeastern Australia’ 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), contracted by the Department of Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

This Traditional Owner led research program, in collaboration with a consortium of Universities from across Australia are developing a research program to explore the valuable contribution that science and research can provide to the body of evidence associated with the application of cultural fire knowledge and practice.

This research will identify areas of highest priority such as the management of natural and cultural resources and develop options for the change required to mitigate and/or adapt to environmental change. It will also engage with national debates about the role of Indigenous knowledge in climate change, biodiversity, resource management, health and education.

Fred is a prolific researcher. His most recent book publication (May 2019) is My Country all gone. The White men have stolen it”: The Invasion of Wadawurrung Country 1800-1870. It is a ‘Shared History’ chronicling the three waves of colonial invasion in the Ballarat and Geelong districts by the ngamadjidj – the white strangers from the sea.

Using the invader’s own words, the author presents a challenging history of the colonial invader’s interactions and relations with the Wadawurrung. This compelling book reveals how the Wadawurrung resisted the invaders 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 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 ‘Devoted labour for the lost, the unknown but not forgotten dead’: The Australian War Graves Workers 1918-1922 co-written by Fred, including chapters featuring biographies of Aboriginal servicemen, published by Palgrave Macmillan is due in November 2019.

Fred’s ground breaking work on Cultural Renewal Projects such as: ‘Re-establishing Aboriginal foods in gardens’, 'Possum Skin Cloak Making', 'Indigenous people on the goldfields', 'Indigenous Ecological Knowledge', 'Aboriginal Land Management with Fire', 'Stringy bark canoe making' and 'Gardens of ethno-botanical interest' have substantially contributed to many teaching and research achievements. Some of these achievements include successful documentary grant applications, award winning films and major exhibitions, national educational initiatives at museums, schools and web based resource tools.

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, 2018 and 2019. See:

Rethinking the Australian legend 2018

Heroes of flood and fire – Rethinking the Australian legend/

Restoring the Koorong tradition

Hidden Histories

Seeing the land from an Aboriginal canoe

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, the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and Australian Historical Society. Fred has recently finished his five-year appointment by the Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change for the ‘Geographics Aboriginal Place Names Advisory Panel to the Victorian Surveyor General’.

One of his latest books, The Aboriginal Story of Burke and Wills: Forgotten Narratives (co-edited with Professor Ian Clark and shortlisted for the ‘NSW Premier's History Awards’ in 2014) is now in its second edition.

Fred was a ‘University of Queensland Industry Research Fellow’ (2014) researching ‘Aboriginal people's roles on the Queensland Gold Fields’ and also an ‘Australian Prime Ministers Centre Research Fellow’ (2014-15) 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.

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. Fred was a co- Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkages project with the Royal Society of Victoria which explored the ‘Aboriginal History of the Burke and Wills Expedition’ (2011-2015).

His research expertise is recognised my many Aboriginal communities across Victoria. 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 (2010-2012) tasked with advancing global recognition of Budj Bim Aboriginal Landscape for World Heritage Nomination. Other representative examples of the wider community impact of this research project is evidenced by Native Title holders (GunditjMirring Corporation) making preparations to upload the Aboriginal Biocultural knowledge research project he produced for them to the web to strengthen their heritage tourism capacity. Moreover, his research publications and research consultancy projects have been a fundament for the 2018 UNESCO/ICOMOS evaluation and assessment of a World Heritage Nomination dossier in western Victoria. If successful, Budj Bim Aboriginal Landscape would become the first Australian site listed exclusively for its Aboriginal cultural value.

The community impact of his research activities is evidenced by GLAMR (Galleries, Libraries & Museum Record keeping) sector organisations making extensive use of Fred’s Aboriginal history research in their award winning exhibitions, podcasts, digitours, movies and festivals. Examples of this impact includes: several local and international doco/movie producers utilising his research as a springboard for their productions and local and national museums using Fred’s research to reappraise their historical interpretations of Australian history. For instance, Sovereign Hill Museum draws extensively on his research – in collaboration with local Wadawurrung community to establish and maintain their role as premier Aboriginal heritage tourism providers.

Six of Fred’s recent research publications were nominated in several categories for awards in the ‘2018 Victorian History Awards’. Fred has an extensive record of publication in high quality academic books and journals ranging in scope from archaeology to zoology.

Research interests

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

Research publications in preparation

Cahir, F., Clark, I. (in prep, 2019) Fighting with Fire & Fighting Fires in colonial South East Aboriginal Australia.

Cahir, F., Clark, I., Schagloth, R. & Traditional Custodians (in prep, 2019) The Koala in Aboriginal Australia.

Cahir, F. [Ed.] (in prep, 2019) Australian Prime Ministers and Aboriginal Policy, 1901-1967.

Cahir, F. (in prep, 2019) Fashioning Australia: exploring adornment and beatification influences on both sides of the colonial frontier. Australian History Matters.

Cahir, F. (in prep, 2019) Gold Dreaming: a history of Aboriginal people’s roles on the gold fields of Australia.

Cahir, F. (in prep 2019) “Send for the Blacks!” Aboriginal Heroes in times of fire, flood and famine 1788-1930.

Cahir, F (in prep, 2019) Vanishing Point: a solo cyclist in the desert and other stories

Peer reviewed publications

Books (2012-2019)

Cahir, F., Weuffen, S., Smith, M., Bakker, P., Smart, J. & Caminitti, J. (in press, 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 (2012-2019)

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 (in press, 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 / Shelter 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 clothes / Shelter 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 (2012-2019)

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.DOI: 10.1080/15595692.2019.1615430

Cahir, F., Schlagloth, R. & Clark, I.D. (submitted, under review, 2019) ‘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.

Roberts, P., Clark. & Cahir, F. (submitted, under review, 2019) ‘Making Fire: Regional Variation in Aboriginal Methods of Making Fire in the Ethnographic Record in Victoria’. Australasian Historical Archaeology

Clark, I.D., McMaster, S., Cahir, F. & Wright, W. (2019) ‘The tourism spectacle of fire making at Coranderrk Aboriginal Station, Victoria, Australia – a case study’. Journal of Heritage Tourism. https://www.tandfonline.com/action/showCitFormats?doi=10.1080/1743873X.2019.1572160

Cahir, F., Rippon, K & Kerin, R. (in press, 2019) ‘Aboriginal Evangelists to their white brethren in colonial Victoria’. Journal of Religious History, Vol. 43, no. 2.

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 (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 [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'

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

  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2014 - present
  • Expert Peer Reviewer for Office of Learning and Teaching and Australian Research Council, 2014-present
  • Editorial Board member of Provenance: Journal of the Public Records Office of Victoria, 2014- present
  • Victorian Historical Society 2005-present
  • Australian Historical Society, 2011-present
  • ‘Invisible People’ Academic Research Panel, Sovereign Hill, 2015 - present
  • Member of FedUni Reconciliation Action Plan Committee, 2016 - present