The Oorala Research Seminar Series is a vehicle to host visiting speakers at Oorala. In recent years it has expanded to include the research and experiences of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander UNE students, staff and Community members. Originally this ran as the Oorala Lecture Series in the early decades of the Oorala Centre and featured staff, Community members and visiting academics.

In light of the current situation the 2020 series has been postponed.

A past presentation

In November 2019 Colin Ahoy Jnr gave us a presentation on the The Gostwyck Grinding Grooves, a research project that he is part of.

Colin Ahoy Jnr is from Armidale in the New England Tablelands NSW. His father is an Anaiwan man and his mother is Biripi woman from Taree. He is a proud father of four children and studies archaeology at UNE, and works as a sites officer. While conducting an Indigenous heritage survey for a solar farm east of Uralla, Colin and his cousin Steve Ahoy found a grinding grove site. The site tells a story about the Aboriginal peoples’ occupation of the area.

Colin presented this lecture on the rediscovery of the historical site. In the lecture he discusses the techniques and methods used to record sites. Colin expresses the importance of preserving cultural artefacts and wants to continue to explore his own personal heritage through archelogy.

Colin is passionate about being on country ansd says “I feel like we need more Aboriginal people working on country and have the confidence and power to make decisions regarding culturally significant sites.”  His interest in archaeology stems from human evolution and wanting to learn more about how Aboriginal people adapted and survived in the ever-changing environment.

Colin is always looking to learn about his culture through sites and recordings, and he encourages other Aboriginal people to learn more about their passions and become leaders in their field, and in their communities. As he continues to develop his knowledge in the field of archaeology, Colin hopes to do more presentations to the wider community. Since undertaking study at UNE, Colin has been given opportunities which he never had before. In December 2020, he attended the Australian Archaeological Association Conference where he and archaeologist Roger Mehr will present a paper on the benefits of photogrammetry.

Keep an eye out for more of these lectures in 2021.