Torres Strait Islander History: Sport, Culture and Identity (2023–2026)
This project aims to investigate sport as a means of understanding the cultures, identities and history of Torres
Strait Islanders. Through a community-centred approach, and a project team including Torres Strait Islanders, the
project challenges versions of Australian history that marginalise the Strait or conflate Islanders with Aboriginal
people. Expected outcomes of this project include a more nuanced history of Indigenous Australia, a significant
body of repatriated resources on Islander sport and increased involvement of Islander communities in the historymaking
process. Anticipated benefits include a multifaceted contribution to reconciliation and better understanding
of our unique and complex national identity.