The 2002 Professor Blainey donated a collection of his own academic research material to the University of Ballarat. Included in this collection are historical books, papers and other material related to the early history of mining and the central Victorian Goldfields. A second generous donation of material was received in 2005, Some rare, older items in the collection are considered fragile and require special handling. Titles from the Geoffrey Blainey Mining Collection can be searched online via the UB Library catalogue.
The purpose of this paper is to conduct a literature review of academic debates relating to the Australian Curriculum: History (ACH), in particular subjective constructions of teachers, and the teaching of Australian History and Aboriginal peoples' and Torres Strait Islanders’ histories. The literature reviewed from a socio-political lens, examines functions of power/knowledge operating in discourses of education to illuminate how teachers, Aboriginal peoples, and Torres Strait Islanders, take up and/or resist subjectivities constructing them. Drawing from the toolbox of post-structuralism, this literature review troubles the notion of the non-Indigenous perspective as dominant, and the teacher as an active, non-critical participant in the process.