As a commissioned title by the Commonwealth Government, Gordon Greenwood's Australia: A Social and Political History had semi-official status, and from the 1950s to the 1970s was the most used general history book on Australia.

Aboriginal people were never incorporated into any edition. They do not appear in its index as Aboriginals, Aborigines, Indigenous or other proper nouns pertaining to Aboriginal nations, language groups, kinship groups, clans, tribes or other terms used to refer to Australian Aboriginal peoples.

The work presents this incomplete index, in complete, and serves as an invitation to consider how the forgetting of Australia’s past was an active, institutional process, and how history teachings like Australia influenced a generation.

This work was produced during a Master of Fine Art at RMIT University. 

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