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Gara, Tom

PO Box 89
Stepney SA 5069
ABN 11 435 197 501
Telephone (08) 7122 4034



Member status

Professional Historian

Academic qualifications

BA (Hons) (Adelaide)

Membership of related societies

Royal Geographical Society of SA; Anthropological Society of SA; Australian Historical Association; Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Professional experience

20 years of experience working with Aboriginal people on heritage surveys, oral history and native title research.

Skills and services offered

Ethnographic/ethnohistorical research; Aboriginal consultation, liaison and site surveys; native title/land claims research; archival advice; compiling bibliographies; oral history.


‘Aboriginal culture’ in Flinders History of South Australia: Social History (1986); ‘The archaeology of Daisy Bates’ campsite at Ooldea’ (1989); ‘The life of Ivaritji (Princess Amelia) of the Kaurna tribe’ (1990); ‘“Tackling the back country”: Richard Maurice’s expeditions in the Great Victoria Desert, 1897-1903’ (1994); ‘The life and times of Mullawirraburka (‘King John’) of the Adelaide tribe’ (1998); ‘History, anthropology and native title’ (2002); ‘Adelaide at the time of Koeler’s visit’ in Hermann Koeler’s Adelaide (2006); contributor to Australian Dictionary of Biography and The Wakefield Companion to South Australian History.

Research interests

Aboriginal studies; Australian studies; Conservation; Cultural diversity; Cultural tourism; Environment; European exploration; Heritage studies; Pastoralism; South Australian studies; Sports history.

Tags: Aboriginal consultation, Aboriginal studies, Archival advice, Australian studies, Compiling bibliographies, Conservation, Cultural diversity, Cultural tourism, Environment, Ethnographic research, European exploration, Heritage studies, Native title research, Oral history, Pastoralism, Research, Site surveys, South Australian studies, Sports history (Updated Aug 3, 2009)