Ray Kerkhove

Ray Kerkhove
Ray Kerkhove
Ray Kerkhove is a consultant and cultural researcher, currently a visiting Fellow at Griffith University. He is often called upon to give public talks or historical reports on specific locations. He specializes in the early history and material culture of Aboriginal South-east Queensland, including Aboriginal-settler conflict. He occasionally writes on religious history. Between 2007 and 2011 Ray was Project Manager of the organisation he Co-founded, ICP Aust Inc, which developed and ran dozens of large scale Aboriginal projects across Queensland including regional events, language revival, publication of books, films, educational DVDs and art exhibitions. More recently, Ray provided key research for DETE education kits and several Indigenous cultural revitalisation projects, including the nationally touring Gubbi Gubbi canoe reconstruction. His work on local Indigenous history and sites has been used to inform town Master Plans and major construction projects (eg Toowoomba Bypass, Queen’s Wharf, Sunshine Coast Airport).
Historical reports on local (SE Qld) Indigenous histories & site-use
Historical mapping of Indigenous sites
Significance assessments of archival & artefact collections
Connection Reports (Native Title)
Family history research (Aboriginal)
Biographical research on early Aboriginal figures
Research for reconstruction of items of Aboriginal material culture (e.g. hut-building, canoe and netting technologies)
Research and texts for public exhibitions
Education kits
Public talks
Research on Aboriginal uses of botanical and zoological species
Project management
2002 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) University of Queensland, St. Lucia
1994 Master of Arts (History & Indigenous Religions) University of Queensland, St.Lucia
1984 Post graduate Honours (1st Semester), University of Queensland, St.Lucia
1982 Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, St. Lucia

Non-university qualifications
2010 Beyond Awareness – Indigenous Cultural Competency Training (WMP)
2007 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness (HACC)
2004 Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment (Marc Radcliffe)
SE Queensland Aboriginal history
Frontier Wars and Aboriginal resistance
Aboriginal Material Culture
Mapping Aboriginal history
Indigenous cultures (globally)
Religious arts

2017: Consultancies for Museum of Brisbane; Queen’s Wharf (Destination Brisbane/ Jagera Daran), Judy Watson Kingsford Smith Drive artworks project; Sunshine Coast Airport.
2011-2016: Consultancies for Jagera Daran, Bunya Bunya Corp, Turnstone Archaeology, National Trust Queensland, Virtual Songlines, Heritage Futures, SAILS, Dalby Pioneer Museum, Mimburi, Bidjara Corp, BlackLab International, DETE education kits.
2007-2011: Co-founder and Project Manager of ICP Aust Inc – projects including ‘Heart of Earth’ (Indigenous art exhibition), ‘Bunya Stories’ (oral history recording), ‘Bury Me at Tartulla Hill’ (Wangkumarra ghostwriting), ‘Bringing Kitchener Home’ (regional Stolen Generation event)


2017 Indigenous Historical Context of Bulimba Barracks and Surrounds Jagera Daran, HMAS Brisbane, 10 Nov 2017
2017, ‘Maroochy Gunyah – Images of the Ngudur/Diura (gunyah) of south east Queensland and traditional domestic architecture across Australia,’ Exhibition (display board texts and images), Maroochydore: Maroochy Sailing Club Hall, (Sunshine Coast Horizons Festival) May 2017
2017, Report: King Sandy of Boonah Keperra: Ray Kerkhove & Jagera Daran, May 2017
2017, The Identity of Jimmy Crow and Annie Crow Keperra: Ray Kerkhove & Jagera Daran, August 2017
2017, The Pandanus: Historical Occurrence and Aboriginal Uses: Moreton to Wide Bay Districts Coolum: UnityWater, Coolum & North Shore Coast Care, Bunya Bunya Country
2016, ‘Enduring Presence: Aboriginal Landscape and History in Annerley Stephens,’ in Stephen Sheaffe, comp., 2016, Stories of Stephens: A History of Annerley and the Surrounding Suburbs Annerley: Annerley Stephens Historical Group & Royal Historical Society of Queensland
2016, ‘Untangling Stories of Stephens Place Names’ (co-authored with Neville Buch & Michael Macklin), in in Stephen Sheaffe, comp., 2016, Stories of Stephens: A History of Annerley and the Surrounding Suburbs Annerley: Annerley Stephens Historical Group & Royal Historical Society of Queensland
2016, Historical Context of Toowoomba Bypass from Main Range Escarpment to Helidon – a Report for the Department of Transport and Main Roads and Jagera Daran Feb 2016
2016, Multuggerah and Multuggerah Way Keperra: Ray Kerkhove & Jagera Daran, June 2016
2016, Traditional Sunshine Coast & SE Queensland Aboriginal Uses of Mangroves/ Mangrove Areas Sippy Downs: USC & Bunya Bunya Country
2016, Aboriginal Cultural Sites – Lower Maroochy & Mooloolah Rivers: Some Research Findings, Bunya Bunya Corp
2015, Aboriginal Campsites of Greater Brisbane: An Historical Guide Salisbury: Boolarong
2015, Aboriginal Cobra (Teredo or Shipworm) Use Bli Bli: Bunya Bunya Country
2015, Report: Indigenous Use and Indigenous History of Rosewood Scrub – for Jagera Daran Keperra: Ray Kerkhove & Jagera Daran, Dec 2015
2015, Indigenous Historical Context of Toowoomba Bypass: Lockyer Valley and Helidon with special attention to events surrounding the ‘Battle of One Tree Hill’ Enoggera: Ray Kerkhove/ Jagera Daran
2015, ‘Aboriginal Boating in Southeast Queensland,’ Boat Gold Coast, May-July 2015, pp.48-49.
2014, ‘Aboriginal resistance war tactics: The Black War of Southern Queensland (Tribal Alliances with Broader Agendas?), Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (University of Technology Sydney) Vol.6: No.4
2014, ‘A Different Mode of War? Aboriginal “Guerilla Tactics’ in Defining the Black War of Southern Queensland 1843-1855,’ SSRN/ honesthistory.net.au
2014, (Indigenous & Multi-faith sites), Living Heritage (booklet) Brisbane: Brisbane City Council
2014, ‘Barriers and Bastions: The Fortified Frontier and Black and White Tactics,’ 2014, Our Shared History: Resistance and Reconciliation, CQU (Noosa) online
2013, ‘Aboriginal trade in fish and sea foods in 19th century SE Queensland,’ December 2013, Queensland Review Vol.20: Issue 2
2013, ‘Gubbi Gubbi Gun’doo Yang’ga’man (constructing Gubbi Gubbi canoes): biomimicry in Indigenous art and craft,’ Balance Unbalance Conference, University of Central Queensland
2012, The Great Bunya Gathering: Early Sources Enoggera: Ray Kerkhove/ Pemako
2012, Stories of Old Buderim (co-authored with Neil McGarvie, P S Lavarack, Noel Williams and Sue Simon), Buderim: Buderim Chronicle
2011, ‘A Deeper Heritage’ Trust News Australia (National Trust), Vo.4:7, Nov 2011 pp 22-23
2009, The Statesman, the Warrior and the Songman 2009, (co-authored with Alex Bond) Brisbane: Brisbane City Council
2008, ‘Aboriginal Nambour,’ Audienne Blythe & Barbara Want, 2008, Nambour: A Pictorial History Nambour: Nambour & District Historical Association
2008, Bringing Kitchener Home: The Centenary of Nebo’s Stolen Generation 2008, Nambour: ICP Australia Inc.
2006, ‘Dark Religion? Aztec Perspectives on Human Sacrifice, 2006, ed Chris Hartney & Andrew McGarrity, The Dark Side: Proceedings of the Seventh Australian and International Religion, Literature and the Arts Conference 2002 2006, Sydney: University of Sydney RLA Press, pp.136-160
2006, ‘Towards a Multi-faith History of the Sunshine Coast,’ 2004, Australian Religion Studies Review Vol. 17: 1, Aut.
2003, Soul Havens: the Story of Spiritual Sanctuaries on the Sunshine Coast 2003, Woombye: Ray Kerkhove

Public Talks and Media
2017 ‘Who is Multuggerah, and should the new Toowoomba range crossing be named after him?’ 4ZZZ Radio, 29 Oct 2017
2017, ‘Reconstructing Resistance: Mapping Life on the Southern Queensland Frontier,’ USC Indigenous Education Symposium, Sippy Downs, 11-13 October 2017
2017 ‘Reconstructing Sunshine Coast Aboriginal Culture,’ Noosa Parks Association Inc.
2017 ‘Reconstructing Resistance: Mapping Frontier Affrays,’ Queensland State Archives, Runcorn 16 June 2017
2017 ‘Boundaries, Parks and Police Raids: The Conflicted Space of Brisbane’s Aboriginal Encampments,’ Policing Colonial Brisbane Forum, Brisbane History Group, Spring Hill, 27 May 2017
2016 ‘Aboriginal Campsites of South-east Queensland,’ Noosa Parks Association Inc.
2015, ‘Aboriginal Campsites: Our Towns’ foundations? Foundational Histories, AHA Conference (University of Sydney), July 2015
2015, ‘Barriers and Bastions: The Fortified Frontier and Black and White Tactics,’ Our Shared History: Resistance and Reconciliation,’ CQU (Noosa), June 2015
2015, ‘Aboriginal Resistance and Inter-tribal Alliances (response interview to Geoffrey Blainey),’ ABC Radio, April 2015
2015, ‘A different kind of war? Resistance tactics and the SE Qld ‘Black War’ (1842-1855),’ Coniston to Gallipoli Conference (Uni of Technology Sydney) August 2014
2014, ‘Indigenous Resistance Techniques in SE Queensland – an Overview,’ AHA (Australian History Association) Conference, Uni of Qld. July 2014
2013, ‘From Campsite to Park in Inner Brisbane,’ History Honours Seminar (guest lecture), Dept. of History, University of Queensland,15 August 2013
2013, ‘West End to Woolloongabba’, Race, Place and Taste Symposium, State Library Brisbane 27-28 June 2013
2013, ‘Variety, change and missing pieces: Aboriginal watercraft of south-eastern Queensland,’ Sea Stories Conference University of Sydney, 15 June 2013
2013, ‘Gubbi Gubbi canoe as biomimickry,. Balance/ Unbalance International Conference, Central Queensland University, Noosa, 2 June 2013
2013, ‘The Bunya Festival and Baroon Pocket,’ Goorie Vision/ Mary River Catchment (film interview), 26 March 2013
2012, ‘Joh-era Politics? Not quite…’ BrisbaneTimes.com.au 19 May 2012
2012, ‘Spiritual Centres and Faith Histories of the Sunshine Coast,’ Soul Train, ABC Coast FM, 10 April 2012
2011, ‘Indigenous Quests for Group Identity through Material Culture: Examples from ICP Indigenous Heritage Work,’ – paper/ seminar, Material Culture Group, University of Queensland, April 2011
2011, ‘Kabi Kabi Search for Identity on the Sunshine Coast’ – Seminar, United Synergies (Booin Gari Festival), Tewantin, February 2011
2010, ‘Transformative Benefits: locating and supporting inspirational Indigenous cultural projects’ – paper & talk, 17th Annual Native Title and Cultural Heritage Forum, Brisbane (Hilton), 30 November – 1st December 2010

2011 Governor’s Award (Gold), National Trust of Queensland Award for ICP Aust Inc, for promoting local heritage (Wangkumarra Stories)
2009 Finalist – Reconciliation Qld Awards (community organization division), for developing ICP Aust Inc
2009 Helen Taylor Award for Local History (Brisbane City Council), with Indigenous researcher Alex Bon

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