Culture and heritage


Women's heritage

Aboriginal and non-indigenous women's heritage has tended to be neglected, thus rendering women (of all cultures) 'invisible' in the historical landscape. The equity provisions in OEH's business provides a mandate for redressing this neglect.

Culture and heritage research under this theme considers Aboriginal women's heritage in NSW as well as the role of women in the land-use history of NPWS-managed lands in situations where this role has previously been under-acknowledged, such as pastoralism and timber-getting.


Research projects

What are the historical experiences of Aboriginal women in NSW? Through oral history interviews, this research (2003-2006) looks at, and maps, the relationship between Aboriginal women and different landscapes across NSW. The Aboriginal women who participated in the project explain their role as custodians of an important part of Aboriginal knowledge.

How do women experience national parks and their encompassing landscape? The research project (2002-2005) was concerned with the many ways landscape and gender are understood and represented, with a particular focus on women. The outputs of the project have included a touring exhibition, a discussion paper and literature review and a historical study of women and outback landscapes in western NSW.

What are the implications of our understanding of Aboriginal women's fishing for the management of heritage along the NSW coast and river systems? This research project (2006-2009) explores the heritage of Aboriginal women, fishing and shell fishing in coastal and inland NSW. It examines Aboriginal women’s knowledge and practice in both traditional and contemporary periods and their aspirations with regard to the heritage management of fishing.

  • Women and natural resource management

How can Aboriginal women's involvement in natural resource management (NRM) in NSW be maintained and encouraged? The project (2009-current) aims to review Aboriginal women's involvement in NRM; examine Aboriginal women's concerns and aspirations in NRM; and recommend on policy and practice that can achieve improved social and environmental outcomes for Aboriginal communities through the participation of women in NRM.

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