Design and Technology opportunities to embed First Nations perspectives

After the recent DATTA (Design and Technology Teachers Association) National Conference in Brisbane, I am making available my PowerPoint, curriculum links and ideas of how you can embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island perspectives within this Key Learning Area. Every Learning Area within the Australian Curriculum has the opportunity to embed First Nations perspectives within their teaching and learning. Find out how you can do this by either using Our Land, Our Stories series from AIATSIS and Nelson Cengage or through your pedagogy using 8 ways or Uncle Ernie’s Framework.

Find the PowerPoint here

Find the Curriculum Links here

Beer, BBQ and History

SATURDAY 8th AUGUST 2 – 6 PM – $75 per person

MENU RELEASE – see flyer for info.

Beer, BBQ and History at the Black Cockatoo Retreat SATURDAY 8th of AUGUST starts 2pm – 6pm – $75 p/p

4 standard drinks from Sunshine Brewery Native cuisine and BBQ food from Game Enough? matched to the Historical Era of First Nation’s History of South East Queensland. Proudly presented by Peter Lawrence, local historian and education writer for the Queensland Modern History Senior Syllabus – CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS.

Ration Shed Tour – TUES 11 AUG



Hear first-hand accounts of how government-imposed restrictions controlled the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The award-winning Ration Shed Museum is a part of the Cherbourg Historical Precinct and invites people to come and learn from the Elders and community. Engage with the exhibitions, archives, locally produced films, artworks, craft and programs. Learn about our shared history using Augmented Reality with the recently completed The Boys from Barambah – the Black Diggers story from Cherbourg.

Be guided onto country and introduced to community and Elders. This full-day guided tour is all-inclusive: Transport, entry fees, Elders fees, Morning tea and Lunch catered by Cherbourg’s Catering and Training Organisation.

LIMITED TICKETS – 20 tickets available Tuesday 11th of August, 2020. Departs Woombye SS – 7.30am – 5pm. $150 per person.

Queensland History Teachers Association

STATE eConference – 27 June 2020

This year, I co-presented with my husband and historian, Peter Lawrence – 101 – First Nations Perspectives – The bits they didn’t teach you at school.

We were joined by 52 delegates who engaged with the Theme – Where next? Peter and I shared 3 different, yet connected topics – The Great Toor – Bunya Gatherings of SE QLD – 1842-43, Black Diggers – The Boys from Barambah and The Spanish Influenza – The loss of lives, culture and ancestral knowledge on the Mission. You can access our PowerPoint for this presentation and Ray Kerkhove’s Bunya Gatherings Book via a Dropbox link –

Sunshine Coast Queensland