Dr Allison Cadzow

Research Fellow

Contact details:

Rm 3122
Coombs Building (9)
Ph: 02 6125 3267
E:  Allison.cadzow@anu.edu.au


1993  BA Communications, (Hons) University of Technology Sydney     
2003 PhD Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney   

Biographical statement:

I am working at ACIH as a Research Fellow, commencing national historical research on Indigenous Australians participation in the military services as a pilot study. This research is supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with the National Centre for Indigenous Studies and the Australian Centre for Indigenous History.

Previously, I co-edited a book for HSC level Aboriginal Studies in NSW (forthcoming), with Professor John Maynard.  I have also worked on an ARC Linkage project involving UTS and NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC), which explored cultural diversity and use of the Georges River parklands in south west Sydney. A key outcome of this project was Rivers and Resilience: Aboriginal People on Sydney’s Georges River (2009) co-authored with Heather Goodall. 

I have completed freelance historical research about Aboriginal people’s education for the NSW Board of Studies, Aboriginal cultural values and wetlands for NSW DECC and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s connections with Newtown and West Circular Quay for the City of Sydney.

Research Interests:

My research interests include: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s military service  especially community  perspectives, women’s participation and issues of recognition; environmental and city histories in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women’s expedition accounts and cross-cultural histories.

Current Research Project:

Indigenous Australians Military Service

This project will involve conducting nation wide research on Australian Indigenous people’s military service, supported by DVA, in collaboration with ACIH and the NCIS.

It involves examining oral histories, photographs, artworks, objects, biographies, autobiographies published and unpublished materials and archival sources, to produce a critical literature review and an online database to encourage and support additional research.

This pilot project will also explore the potential of private and family held collections to further understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s perspectives on military participation and the impacts it had on their lives and communities.

Selected publications:


2009 - Goodall, H., and Cadzow A., Rivers and Resilience: Aboriginal People on Sydney’s Georges River, UNSW Press, Sydney.
*Shortlisted in the 2010 NSW Premiers History Awards for Urban and Regional History.

2011 - Cadzow, A., and Maynard, J. (eds) Nelson Aboriginal Studies, Nelson Cengage Publishing, Melbourne (forthcoming).


2010 - Goodall, H., & Cadzow, A., The People’s National Park: Working Class Environmental Campaigns on Sydney’s Georges River, 1950-1967, Labor History, n.99 Nov.

2009 - Goodall, H., Wearing, S., Byrne, D., & Cadzow, A., ‘Fishing the Georges River: cultural diversity and urban environments’ in Selvaraj Velayutham and Amanda Wise (eds) Everyday Multiculturalism, Palgrave McMillan, London.

2008 - Goodall, H., & Cadzow, A. ‘Salt Pan Creek: rivers as borders zones within the colonial city’ in Devleena Ghosh, Heather Goodall & Stephanie Donald (eds) Fresh and Salt: water, borders and sovereignty in Asia and Oceania, Routledge, London.

2007 - Cadzow, A., ‘Footprints, imprints: seeing environmentalist and Buddhist Marie Byles as an Eastern Australian’ Portal, v.1, Jan. http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/ojs/index.php/portal/article/viewArticle/163

2006 - Byrne, D., Goodall, H., Wearing, S., & Cadzow, A., ‘Enchanted Parklands?’Australian Geographer, v.37, n.1, pp. 103 - 115, March.

2005 - Goodall, H., Wearing, S., Byrne, D., & Cadzow, A., Green Cities: rethinking suburban conservation campaigning in Sydney 1940 to 1990’, State of Australia's Cities conference proceedings, Griffith University.


2007 - Cadzow, A., Aboriginal Education timelines in NSW and case studies.

2006 - Cadzow, A., & Goodall, H., Parklands, Culture and Communities Project. http://www.georgesriverparks.org>

Cadzow, A., & Goodall, H., Gold and Silver: Vietnamese migration and relationships with environments in Sydney and Vietnamhttp://www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/goldandsilver/>


Goodall, H., & Cadzow, A. Rivers and Resilience, Aboriginal people on Sydney’s Georges River,   Bankstown Library, 27 June – July 2008; Liverpool Regional Museum, March-July 11 2009; Canterbury, Fairfield, Sutherland, Campbelltown and Randwick Libraries during 2010, and Hurstville Library, 2011.


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