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Networking Tranby: Indigenous student experiences

Funding: 2015: $43,498
2016: $80,932
2017: $72,688
2018: $35,254

Project Member(s): Goodall, H., Norman, H.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Tranby Aboriginal College (Tranby Aboriginal College Partner Funds)

Start year: 2015

Summary: Tranby Cooperative for Aborigines is an post-secondary college, Aboriginal-controlled since 1980 and pioneer of innovative subjects and cooperative learning environments in its inner city campus as well as in communities across Australia. Although its staff and courses are well known, the experiences of its students during and after their Tranby enrolments are not. This project will utilise social media and the Tranby archives to record new oral histories, under ethically appropriate conditions. This will allow analysis of Tranby students' social, political and educational experiences and evaluation of their contribution to Indigenous self-determination and leadership, as well as integration into interdisciplinary collaborative research.


Goodall, H, Norman, H & Russon, B 2019, '‘Around the Meeting Tree’: methodological reflections on using digital tools for research into Indigenous adult education in the Networking Tranby project', Archives and Manuscripts, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 53-71.
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Keywords: Adult education aboriginal oral history Facebook ethics digital storage archives

FOR Codes: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History, Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History), Historical Studies not elsewhere classified, Understanding Australia's Past, Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Australian history , Historical studies, Understanding past societies, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture