The Koori History Wesbite is an indigenous history archive and education resource site with information on Black Australia's 200 year struggle for justice.
It consists of more than 3500 pages and contains a comprehensive collection of images from koori history, a regularly updated 'news & views' page , essays and special features on the 1965 Freedom Ride, the 1982 Brisbane Games demos, the 1972 "Aboriginal Embassy", the 1976 Phillip Noyce film Backroads, the art of Richard Bell and a section on the assimilationist propaganda magazine Dawn. Also a new index of newspaper reports on the Palm Island situation 2004 - 2006 and Koori political history timeline, an index of a range of material on the current controversy of the Australian History Wars, and much more.
The site is designed and operated by Gary Foley, of Gumbainggir descent, who has been at the centre of major political activities including the 1971 Springbok tour demonstrations, the Tent Embassy in Canberra and the protests during the 1988 bicentennial celebrations. He was also involved in the formation of Redfern's Aboriginal Legal Service in Sydney and the Aboriginal Medical Service in Melbourne.
Foley has been a director of the Aboriginal Health Service (1981) and the Director of the Aboriginal Arts Board (1983-86) and the Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern (1988). He has been a senior lecturer at Swinburne College in Melbourne, consultant to the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody (1988) and a board member of the Aboriginal Legal Service. He has also served on the national executive of the National Coalition of Aboriginal Organisations. He has also been an aqctor, appearing in Backroads, Pandemonium, Dogs in Space, Flying Doctors and A Country Practice.
Late in life Foley became a student at University of Melbourne where he studied history, cultural studies and computer science. Today Gary Foley is a lecturer / tutor at University of Melbourne, and is completing a PhD in History at the Australian Centre at University of Melbourne.