Asialink Webinar: First Nations’ Asia Engagement

National Reconciliation Week

Online seminar

More Information

Pravin Silva

T: +61 3 8344 0461


To mark National Reconciliation Week, Asialink at The University of Melbourne is hosting an online seminar on Australia’s earliest Asia engagement, between the Macassans and Indigenous communities in Australia’s north.

Hundreds of years before Europeans established colonies in Australia, communities across Arnhem Land and the Kimberley had relationships with people from Sulawesi in Indonesia. These traders—known generally as Macassans—collaborated with indigenous communities to harvest and process trepang (sea cucumber), which was sold to China. They left a deep cultural and linguistic imprint. To learn more about the rich history of Macassan cultural exchange and trade in northern Australia, we will be joined in conversation with Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker, an expert on indigenous cultural heritage, and William McCallum, who is currently producing Marege, a documentary film on the trade.

Where: Zoom Password: 252012

William McCallum is a Media Advisor at Asialink. He is the Founder and Director of Two Gongs Media, a creative group specialising in cross-cultural communications.

Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker is a Senior Research Fellow at the Indigenous Studies Unit, Centre for Health Equity at the Melbourne School Population and Global Health. He was born in Darwin and of Alyawarra decent from the Barkly tablelands region of the Northern Territory. He is currently a member of the Australian Heritage Council, a principal adviser to the Australian Government on heritage matters and a member of the Advisory Committee on Indigenous Repatriation.

The discussion will be moderated by Asialink Director of Diplomacy Melissa Conley Tyler.

Visit the University of Melbourne events page for more information.

Zoom details:

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android:

Password: 252012

Or join by phone:

Dial (Australia): +61 3 7018 2005 or +61 2 8015 6011

Dial (US): +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 876 9923

Dial (Hong Kong, China): +852 5808 6088 or +852 5803 3730

Dial (UK): +44 203 481 5240 or +44 131 460 1196

Meeting ID: 997 2770 0386

International numbers available:

Or join from a H.323/SIP room system:


or H323:99727700386@ (From Cisco)

or H323: (From LifeSize or Polycom)

or or (U.S.)

Meeting ID: 99727700386

Password: 252012