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Barwick, Diane Elizabeth (1938 - 1986)

Born
1938
Canada
Died
1986
Occupation
Anthropologist and Author

Summary

Diane E. Barwick was born in Canada in 1938. She arrived in Australia in 1960, and received her doctoral degree from the Australian National University, Canberra. Her work on the history of Aboriginal communities in Victoria (particularly Coranderrk, Framlingham and Lake Tyers) resulted in a number of publications, including her book Rebellion at Coranderrk, published posthumously in 1998. She contributed many articles, book chapters, pamphlets, manuscripts and photographs to Aboriginal scholarship, and was the co-founder of the journal Aboriginal History, which she also edited from 1978 to 1982. She was also actively involved in a number of Aboriginal issues, and was on the Aboriginal Treaty Committee.

Throughout her career, she worked to make history more accessible to Aboriginal people through genealogies and biographies. In 1984 she published a journal article, "Mapping the Past: An Atlas of Victorian Clans, 1835-1904", which was a major reference for the compilation of a large Aboriginal biographical index at the AIATSIS. Her work was stopped short by her death in 1986.

Sources used to compile this entry: Horton, David (ed.). The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia, Vol. 1, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, 1994, p. 105. Imes, Michelle. "Diane Barwick" 2001, http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/information/biography/abcde/barwick_diane.html [accessed 2004-10-21].

Archival resources

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

  • Aborigines Advancement League of Victoria - Group portraits from the Conscience Calling Ball 1961, 1961, BARWICK.D1.BW; Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Details

National Archives of Australia, National Office

State Library of Victoria

  • Barwick, Diane: Papers and Records, 1492 - 2006, MS 13521; State Library of Victoria. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Diane Elizabeth Barwick: Guide to Records, 1938 - 2006, MS 13521; McCarthy, Ann and Gavan McCarthy; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

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