On episode 83 of the podcast I yarn with Ray Kerkhove. Dr Ray Kerkhove is a professional historian and ethno-historian (accredited through PHAQ), specializing in 19th Century Aboriginal social history and material culture, mostly for southern Queensland. 


Ray was born in the Netherlands and migrated to Sydney with his family at the age of 4. They arrived with very little and their first home was Villawood Detention Centre. In the mid-1980s, at the end of his University studies in history and archaeology, Ray began associating with FAIRA. He worked – usually voluntarily – as a research assistant under Uncle Bob Weatherall and Les Meleza. 


Ray is sometimes engaged for guest lectures and research work with various Universities, but mostly works independently for a number of Aboriginal organisations, Councils, heritage and art organisations.


Ray’s key interest is reconstructing Contact-period Aboriginal lifestyles and site histories. His work has informed thematic Indigenous histories for Councils, Master Plans for towns, public art, exhibitions, public signage and cultural revitalisation projects. 


A truly fascinating yarn and I feel like we barely scratched the surface. We definitely have to do part 2. Don’t miss the episode!!


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