Posts Tagged ‘free aboriginal territory

How FAT reinvented schooling

Jul 03, 2012 | 1 Comment

How FAT reinvented schooling

 Another glimpse into the future as imagined by Blair McFarland Greetings students of history. Today we will be looking at the education system in the Free Aboriginal Territory – the FAT – to see the reasons remote community schools lead Australia in the fields of botany and biology. As everyone knows, these schools are always jostling each other at the very top of the annual assessments, and we have grown accustomed to this situation. It seems a natural consequence of the location ...Read more

More details on the future history of the F.A.T.

Jun 13, 2012 | Discuss

More details on the future history of the F.A.T.

You may have been reading recent articles by Blair McFarland divining the future of the Free Aboriginal Territory. Another future historian and colleague Jenny McFarland actually delivered the first public talk on the FAT at a poetry reading evening in Alice Springs a month or so ago. We hope it helps you to be better prepared for what may lie ahead of us… Welcome to the Annual Professor Powell History Lecture for 2250. Thank you for tuning in to our online history resource centre. I hop...Read more

We’ll teach ’em!

May 24, 2012 | Discuss

We'll teach 'em!

By Blair McFarland Welcome to the history of the FAT, the Free Aboriginal Territory. In this lecture I will be outlining the origins of the former penal system, which had its roots in the English penitentiary system, imported like a number of institutions from the other side of the globe, where they were also a complete failure. Bizarrely, that system made no attempt at any resolution of the social problems that led to the criminal activity. It simply locked criminals up with other criminals in ...Read more

A future history of the Free Aboriginal Territory

Apr 23, 2012 | Discuss

A future history of the Free Aboriginal Territory

By Blair McFarland Greetings, students and Kowabunga! As can be gleaned from the set reading for this annual lecture, the biohistory of the Free Aboriginal Territory (FAT) is interwoven with its general history. It will be surprising for those who have not made a study of the early colonial history of the FAT that once vast amounts of the land were seriously degraded and incapable of supporting life. Extinctions of native biota were common. This was due to the imposition of inappropriate cultura...Read more