This subject explores the history of the colonisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, with a focus on Melbourne and Victoria, from 1770 to the present day. You will be asked to critically consider the actions of the invaders and reflect on how the lives of First Nations peoples were impacted by invasion. Case studies include frontier wars, missions, the Stolen Generations, exemption policies, war service, sport, interwar activism, land rights and reconciliation. You will explore theoretical frameworks and specific examples to help understand how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have resisted the forces of colonisation. The subject will also ask students to reflect on their own relationship to histories of colonisation, and to think about how the history of the colonisation of Australia has been remembered and forgotten. You will also examine the relationship between the discipline of history and colonialism, including the problems created when knowledge is constructed using the colonial archive.