Introduction to the Kombumerri Together Project: one family’s perspective

Griffith University School of Education and Professional StudiesGriffith University’s School of Education and Professional Studies is pleased to produce this project in collaboration with Kombumerri Traditional Custodians, and the Queensland Department of Education. The shared vision is to engage Gold Coast students in reconciliation, respect, and recognition of the world’s oldest continuous living culture.

The video content has been provided by Uncle Graham Dillon, his three grandchildren: Max Dillon, Justine Dillon, and Emerald Brewer; and his two great nieces: Tess Blundell and Madeleine Pugin. All contributors are members of an extended family network and descendants of Andrew and Jenny Graham. The knowledge and stories shared by these contributors have been passed down through generations of families and provide insight into how Country has always been a place of teaching, research and learning for Kombumerri people. While Griffith University and the Department of Education acknowledge that Kombumerri people own the Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property contained in the videos, they understand that versions of the knowledge and stories shared in the videos may vary from that of others within the broader Kombumerri community.

The project was the driven by Gold Coast educators who were curious about how to respectfully embed Kombumerri histories and culture sensitively into the classroom. Now educators can utilise their professional expertise to embed this knowledge into unit planning relevant to their year level, learning area and school context. Likewise, Griffith University aims to incorporate these perspectives into teaching practices and increase awareness and appreciation of local cultural knowledge and recognise the Kombumerri people’s custodianship of the land on which our Gold Coast campus is located.

The University would also like to acknowledge the important role of the PLC3 cluster schools in generating questions that informed the video content.  To explain further, click below to see David Hartley, Assistant Director General State Schools, Indigenous Education, Department of Education, Queensland Government explain how the project started and the intended outcomes for students and teachers.

PLC3 Cluster Schools

Cluster School Logos