'The removal of Aboriginal cultures due to colonisation has left the appearance that Australia was ‘Untouched’ before European arrival.'
Untouched Landscapes highlights the contemporary absence of Aboriginal cultures within the Australian landscape, and how this phenomenon is a direct result of the impact of European colonisation.
The first European colonists forced First Nations peoples off their traditional lands into small christian missions and government reserves across Australia. This allowed the new European arrivals free access to clear the land for settlements, forestry and agriculture. This clearing of First Nations people resulted in the removal of Indigenous cultures and identity from the Australian landscape. Today, the absence of traditional Aboriginal cultures within the Australian landscape continues to be censored by the processes of colonisation and has left much of it with the appearance that it was ‘Untouched’ before European arrival.