David Unaipon was a Ngarrindjeri man, born in1872 at Raukkan (Point McLeay Mission) on the shores of Lake Alexandrina in South Australia. He was the first published Aboriginal writer, an inventor, a musician, an orator and a preacher. His main passion, however, was the search for perpetual motion, of which he wrote:

"Even if I never arrive, I shall always recall with pleasure the hours I have spent and the experiments I have tried in endeavouring to solve a scientific problem."  

Unaipon used his abilities as a lecturer and a writer to promote the interests of his people and to influence public opinion. He passed away in 1967 and is commemorated on Australia’s fifty dollar note.

Today, the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research continues Unaipon’s spirit of learning and inquiry, and is a leader in delivering quality education and research on Indigenous issues.  

Our commitment to Reconciliation

DUCIER plays a central role in supporting the University’s of South Australia’s long-held commitment to Indigenous education and Reconciliation.  As an educational institution, we believe we have a particularly valuable contribution to make to the process of reconciliation by educating the Australian community about the cultures, languages, history and contemporary experiences of Australia's Indigenous peoples.

We play a key role in ensuring that all UniSA undergraduate programs contain compulsory and assessable Indigenous content and are inclusive of the experiences of Indigenous Australians. The University is committed to instilling in all students an awareness of the influences affecting the relationships between Indigenous Australians and the broader community, as enshrined in the UniSA Graduate Qualities. DUCIER delivers on this promise.

The Unaipon School

The Unaipon School, located within DUCIER, offers programs in Aboriginal Studies and Australian Studies, and a range of double degrees with Human Services, Social Work and Education. Postgraduate programs are also offered. The School promotes important research into Indigenous issues and provides opportunities for productive research partnerships, both nationally and internationally.

Areas of study and research

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