Sector 8: Disconnected Lines

In this sector you will learn about the impact of colonisation, Missions, Reserves, Stations, farms and properties on Aboriginal Kinship systems. You will explore the introduction of diseases within these groups, and the effect of language control on Aboriginal Kinship systems.

Further learning

Questions which may arise through Kinship presentation

  • How does being a victim of massacres, killings and introduced diseases effect family relations across Nations and Clans?
  • How does religious division of land into Missionary responsibility through the creation of Missions affect Aboriginal people and their Nation and Clan groups?
  • What is the affect of people from different Nations, Clans & languages/areas forced to move together?
  • What has been the affect of ‘Pidgin English’ & ‘Aboriginal English’ effect on Aboriginal people when leaving these institutions?
  • What is the affect of forced relationships against Kinship structure?
  • Why were Aboriginal people treated as children?
  • Why were external agencies violent towards Aboriginal people?
  • Issues that arise when Mission and Reserve institutions close after dependency developed over generations?

Community narrative themes and connection to Kinship issues

  • Living across two cultures.
  • What does it mean to live in contemporary society for Aboriginal people today?
  • What were the experiences of living on Mission, Reserves and Stations for Aboriginal people?
  • Experience leaving the Mission, Reserve or Station and entering wider society in Australia.
  • Experience with contemporary institutions and public service sectors for Aboriginal people.
  • Experience learning English (as first or second language).

Additional resources