Dr Louise Zarmati

Dr Louise Zarmati is a former primary and secondary school teacher, archaeologist and museum educator who moved from NSW to Tasmania in 2015. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Humanities and Social Sciences Education in the University of Tasmania’s School of Education where she teaches the second-year unit, Introduction to Humanities and Social Sciences. As a non-Indigenous academic, Louise is actively involved and deeply committed to working with First Nations and non-Indigenous Australians to promote Reconciliation. She also develops teaching and learning programs and materials (like this website) through her consulting business, Zarwood Education.

Geoff McLean

Geoff McLean is a proud Tasmanian First Nations man. He is an historian and educator with a passion for sharing knowledge and experiences with others that showcase the durability and adaptability of Tasmania’s palawa people over many millennia, and their survival of violent colonisation. For many years Geoff was a lecturer in Aboriginal Histories and Cultures at Riawunna, the University of Tasmania’s Aboriginal Education Centre. Geoff currently tutors in the UTAS School of Education in units with First Nations content. Geoff also provides Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural connections/awareness programs in Launceston’s iconic Cataract Gorge, and other locations, for students, teachers, individuals, and other groups, through his business Wallaby Walkabout Tours.


Development of this website was supported by a grant from the Great Regional City Challenge 2022



If you’re looking for professionally designed, dynamic and interactive Tasmanian Aboriginal cultures and histories, or Tamar Valley/Kanamaluka colonial/post-colonial history, learning experiences for students and staff please visit Geoff’s website Wallaby Walkabout Tours or contact with him directly via our website email form.

Cultural Advice

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this website contains images and names of people who have died. In addition, some articles contain terms or views that were acceptable within mainstream Australian culture in the period in which they were written but may no longer be considered appropriate. These articles do not reflect the views of the authors and sponsors.
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