Cultural historian, and Historical geographer. Founder of the Publishing
Kaye has a Bachelor of Science in Geography and
Environmental Studies and a double Major in Physical Geography and
Aboriginal Studies, combined with two minor majors in Geology and
Tasmanian History. Her academic qualification
also include a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Historical Medical
Geography. She is currently studying for a
Master of Science by Research at the University of Tasmania. The research
is on "Early Industries in Tasmania Between 1642 and 1830 and
Their Impact on the Environment".
She is an accomplished speaker able to address groups of
differing sizes and educational backgrounds. Kaye had been one of the
visiting speakers for Aboriginal Education in Tasmania since 1994,
speaking to schools as the Cultural Storyteller.
In 1996 she was the visiting curator for the Tasmanian
Museum and Art Galley. It was at this time, in conjunction with the
museum, she held an exhibition during NAIDOC Week determining the
Traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal lifestyle.
The valuable information recorded within the display
encouraged requests by people interested in obtaining a written copy of
the material that was discussed. After writing an initial draft she
approached the Tasmanian Aboriginal Education Association about them being
published and made available for the schools.
It was then that the appalling aspects of the Tasmanian
Aboriginal politics became evident and the publishing house was born.
Information about the politics in Tasmania can be found on the "Present"
link of the main index.
Kaye is an experienced archival researcher and historian
of two cultures, and offers an Aboriginal academic perspective of
Tasmanian and Australian History. For over twenty years prior to attending
university she undertook a variety of historical research projects both
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal. She has written a number of historical
books dealing with a wide variety of Australia's non-Aboriginal history as
well as several children's stories.
An accomplished speaker at conferences, workshops and
school groups, Kaye has also lectured at the University of Tasmania on
Aboriginal history and Aboriginal Archaeology. She has many years
experience as a writer and has written 17 books. Kaye also writes regular
articles about Tasmania's nineteenth century history for The Eastern
Shore Sun, and has her own column entitled "Yesterday With
Kaye". Besides being the only Tasmanian Aboriginal Historical
Geographer, Kaye is fast becoming a specialist in Colonial Van Dieman's
Land, as Tasmania was once called.
This specialisation has added an additional wealth
of information to her already extensive Aboriginal Cultural knowledge.