Museum of Brisbane

The Frontier Wars

Professional Development Workshop | The Frontier Wars: Exploring resistance figures and events with historian Dr Libby Connors

Thursday 22 August

5pm – 7pm
$30, bookings required
The Studio, Museum of Brisbane

The conflicts between Aboriginal Australians and white settlers during the British colonisation of Australia, referred to by some historians as the Australian frontier wars, were a prominent feature of Australia’s history from the 1790s to the 1930s. This workshop facilitates discussion on a number of frontier war events such as the Black Line in Tasmania, the Myall Creek Massacre, the battle of the Kalkadoons and the Forrest River massacre, and their advantages and disadvantages for classroom exploration.  Its main focus however will be on the complexities of the early Brisbane frontier in particular the role of Aboriginal leaders and warriors such as Dundalli in leading Aboriginal resistance. Participants will receive access to primary and secondary source material based on Dr Connors’ research.


Your presenter:

Libby Connors is Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern Queensland. Dr Connors has received numerous awards for her book Warrior: A Legendary Leader’s Dramatic Life and Violent Death on the Colonial Frontier, including the Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance, the Magarey Medal for biography and the Australia and New Zealand Law and History Society prize for legal history. Warrior follows Dalla lawman Dundalli from his life in South East Queensland to his execution outside Brisbane jail on 5 January 1855.


Image credit: (1) The Frontier Wars: Daniel Marquis, Studio portrait of an Aboriginal man from the back holding boomerang, ca 1865. (2) Author and Associate Professor, Libby Connors.