Dr Delyna Baxter

PhD (CDU & ANU), MAppLaw (UQ), BA (UNE)

Research Fellow

Delyna studied the lived experience of Aboriginal pastoral workers across northern Australia as part of initiative by the Australian Stockmen’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre, Longreach Queensland. She traveled across northern Australia to locate and interview around 200 Aboriginal stockmen and women who had worked in the pastoral industry. This included people who had worked on stations from the 1950s to the 1990s including men and women of the 1967/8 equal wages and constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples. Delyna visited remote, rural and regional towns, communities and pastoral stations to record their stories and important events in their lives. Many themes and significant experiences of people’s life on stations were revealed from her work and this became a major focus of her Social Anthropology PhD, which she was awarded in 2021 at both Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs, Northern Territory and Australia’s National University, Canberra, ACT.

Delyna lived in Alice Springs, Northern Territory for eight years and worked as a social well-being researcher in Indigenous communities for both Tangentyere Aboriginal Council and Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. In these roles she worked with a team of Aboriginal researchers on projects endorsed by Aboriginal boards on Health and Social Justice issues effecting Central Australian Aboriginal people. Delyna remains dedicated in recording Aboriginal people’s life and experiences on stations, with her current project in the Pilbara. Delyna sees this as an important part of both Aboriginal people’s history and the shared national history of Australia. 

Research Interests

  • Truth telling Australia’s shared history
  • Aboriginal pastoral history
  • Aboriginal women’s roles in the pastoral industry
  • Storytelling of the past
  • Cultural mapping 
  • Aboriginal children in the pastoral industry
  • Pastoral industry and its impact on modern Aboriginal society

Dr Delyna Baxter

Contacts

T: +61 448 488 999
E: delyna.baxter@uqconnect.edu.au

Charles Darwin University 

Perth, WA