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Koori Health Research Database

The Koori Health Research Database (KHRD) contains the genealogies and life events of approximately 8,000 Kooris who lived in Victoria and New South Wales in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
In 1999, work began in a partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Bunjilaka Centre at Museum Victoria to build a database of the Aboriginal (Koori) population of Victoria since colonisation. The KHRD is a collection of genealogies built from the Koori community’s carefully preserved oral knowledge of lineages and relationships, supplemented with vital registration data and information from other historical records.


1. Len Smith, Janet McCalman, Ian Anderson, Sandra Smith, Joanne Evans, Gavan McCarthy, Jane Beer 2008. ‘Fractional identities: the political arithmetic of Aboriginal Victorians’, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 38: 533–551.

2. Janet McCalman, Len Smith, Ian Anderson, Ruth Morley, Gita Mishra 2009. ‘Colonialism and the health transition: Aboriginal Australians and poor whites compared, Victoria, 1850–1985’, History of the Family, 14: 253–265.

3. Janet McCalman, Ruth Morley, Len Smith, Ian Anderson 2011. ‘Colonial health transitions: Aboriginal and ‘poor white’ infant mortality compared, Victoria 1850–1910’, History of the Family, 16: 62–77.

4. Janet McCalman, Len Smith 2016. ‘Family and country: accounting for fractured connections under colonisation in Victoria, Australia’, Journal of Population Research, 33: 51–65.

5. Per Axelsson, Tahu Kukutai, Rebecca Kippen 2016. ‘The field of Indigenous health and the role of colonisation and history’, Journal of Population Research, 33: 1–7.


Australian Research Council: A10020714, DP0558298, DP110102368; Australian National Data Service: ANDS AP20; Swedish Research Council: 2012-5490


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