Oorala News and Events

The Oorala Aboriginal Centre hosts events during the year for students and the community including seminars, workshops, morning teas and celebrations.

Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture

Frank ArchibaldThe Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture is an annual event held in honour of Mr Frank Archibald, a revered Aboriginal community member of the Armidale area. Frank Archibald was renowned for his knowledge and interest in all issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly education.

The Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture has been held as part of the University of New England’s Lecture Series since 1986 and is dedicated to Frank Archibald, his family and Aboriginal people of the New England region. The Lecture is presented by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander speakers who are leading professionals in fields such as education, law, social justice, government and the arts.

2018 Frank Archibald Memorial Lecture

Dr Lou Bennett presents Sovereign Language Repatriation: Language Pedagogy through Song Composition

Oorala Aboriginal Centre Research Lecture Series

The Sydney Wars - book coverHistory and truth-telling - The Sydney Wars
Dr Stephen Gapps

‘it seems extraordinary that, after 230 years, the myths of benign colonisation and absence of Aboriginal resistance during the first decades of British settlement at Sydney are still firmly entrenched in the Australian narrative’. (Lyndall Ryan 2018)

Dr Stephen Gapps has taught Public History at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is currently a curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum. read more

12:00 - 2:00pm, Tuesday 11 September, 2018
Oorala Aboriginal Centre Lecture Theatre

The Oorala Aboriginal Centre, and the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education, invite the UNE and Armidale community

Naidoc Week 2018

Sunday 8 July to Sunday 15 July

2018 NAIDOC posterBecause of her, We can!

NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

As pillars of our society, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play - active and significant roles at the community, local, state and national levels.

Join us for the UNE Celebrations, and opening ceremony, an Elders Luncheon and a student BBQ.

Myall Creek and Beyond 2018

  • Friday 8 Oorala Bus to Myall Creek event posterJune: a Myall Creek and Beyond one-day symposium at the Oorala Aboriginal Centre at the University of New England exploring the historical, legal and cultural significance of the massacre;
  • Sunday 10 June: the 180th anniversary memorial event at the Myall Creek Memorial near the site of the massacre (near Bingara).

Each year hundreds of people from across the country gather to commemorate the unprovoked massacre of 28 Wirrayaraay women, children and old men by a group of stockmen on Myall Creek Station in 1838. This year marks the 180th anniversary of this horrific event.

Although there were many other massacres of Indigenous people that occurred during the Frontier Wars across Australia, this one had special significance because it was the only time when white men were, arrested, charged and hung for the massacre of Aborigines, following a police investigation.

Celebrating 30 Years

Oorala 30 Open Day Poster on Tuesday 31 Oct and featuring images of Isaiah Firebrace and Clayton DonovanThe Celebrating 30 Years project successfully ran events from October 18 to November 30, 2017. The calendar included public celebration such as the Oorala Art Exhibition, the Sunset Opening Ceremony, the Oorala 30 Open Day and the Oorala 30 Closing.

Over the time period and within the public events was the opportunity to showcase the student services & the ongoing projects and events that the Oorala Aboriginal Centre is involved in, such as the Youth Development Camps, the Oorala Indigenous Research Seminar Series, the AIME partnership, an inaugural Indigenous STEM Program Day, Experience Days. Alongside this the graduation of 21 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and the awarding of two Doctorates were examples of the success and respect UNE has for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander education.

World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE)

WIPCE UNE delegatesIn July 2017 the University of New England, Oorala Aboriginal Centre funded 14 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, 4 staff and 5 UNE other researchers to attend World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE) in Toronto, Canada.

UNE Aboriginal students and researchers had the opportunity to choose from over 800 presentations over five days focusing on the conference theme of Truth and Reconciliation. Mr Greg Davison, Director of the Oorala Centre, presented a paper on the implementation of a student engagement system tailored to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students that provided timely culturally-appropriate support. read more

Join our community

Oorala holds a number of community engagement events throughout the year. If you, or your organisation, would like to be included on our invitation lists for upcoming events please contact us.