This project will look to identify and record sites of acts of heroism by Aboriginal people towards non-Aboriginal people across Victoria from 1790 to 1930 - specifically relating to fires (including bushfires and other types of fires), famine (including the guiding and tracking of people and animals), and floods (including safely crossing rivers and or rescuing from shipwrecks).
The research is being conducted using a 'citizen history' approach. Contributions are welcomed. If you know of an act of Aboriginal heroism and/or would like to contribute to the project, please click on the contribute button below and submit our 'Contribute' web form.
Download the latest spreadsheet of our mapped data here - Aboriginal Heroes Data [XLSX 115 KB]
This short documentary film explores the history of emergency rescues and assistance in Victoria by Aboriginal people of non-Aboriginal people.
Cahir, F., Clark, I.D., Tout, D., Wilkie, B., Clark, J. (2021) 'Aboriginal fire-management practices in colonial Victoria', Journal of Aboriginal History, Vol. 45, 109-130. search.informit.org/doi/epdf/10.3316/informit.415770453091793