Author Archives: Letitia Murgha

About Letitia Murgha

I am an aboriginal elder from Queensland and an experienced teacher who is currently seconded to the Queensland Museum. I am a proud descendant of the Kudjala and Kalkadoon people of North Queensland and a member of a very large extended family. I am also a member of the strategic learning team based at the Museum of Tropical Queensland in Townsville and work closely with the Senior Curator of Cultures and Histories. I have worked in many locations in North Queensland, particularly in Cape York such as Aurukun, Mapoon, Weipa, Napranum and Coen. I have taught students from prep to Year 12 as well as working with their parents, care givers, and community members. I am very committed to the improvement of educational and social and welfare outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people especially children.

Indigenous Science: Shell middens and fish traps

This article continues the theme of early indigenous scientific knowledge which often centred around the collection of food.  Most shell middens were created in ancient (pre-European contact) times and can provide valuable information about Aboriginal hunting and gathering practices.   … Continue reading

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Science Principles in Traditional Aboriginal Australia

During traditional times, Aboriginal people showed an ingenious mastery of physics to create hunting equipment and labour-saving tools.  They demonstrated knowledge of chemistry, held a deep understanding of biology through powerful observation and using all the senses to predict and … Continue reading

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Indigenous Science: “Australia Had Ancient Trade Routes Too”

Trade and trading routes have developed and existed for many thousands of years all over the world.  In the period when Europe and Asia had the Silk Road and Spice Trade, Australian Aborigines were also using trade routes along overland … Continue reading

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Aboriginal Science Tools: the Morah Stone

Greetings from the Museum of Tropical Queensland (MTQ). My name is Letitia Murgha and I am a member of the Strategic Learning team which is comprised of four seconded teachers from Education Queensland. We do lots of things across the museum network … Continue reading

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