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"Thanks for telling Josefa's story, and the stories of all the others. Those who have been rendered invisible will make themselves seen. Those who have been silenced will speak out. Those who have been enslaved will make themselves free."
- Stephen Clendinnen, 2018
"This website is such an important space to hear the voices of those lost - and executed - through regimes of racialised violence and punishment, and the stories of those who have survived. Projects like Deathscapes remind us of the unethical practices regularly occurring and which are sanctioned through state and national government bodies. The stories of those suffering remind us we can speak back against these violences and it is possible - and necessary - to hold our governing bodies accountable for the atrocities they inflict. Thank you for visibilising the human beings these systems of violence affect and for providing a platform not only for those suffering, but also for those who want to intervene. "
- David-Jack Fletcher, 2018
"Deeply Moving murlapa (truly) Mr Ward will be Remembered. A memorial to remind us of the truth, where we can face the truth of injustice, and where future generations can learn the truth. Thank you to you all for your courage to speak out for justice. Thank you for creating deathscapes . Racism Kills"
- Kerry (Kopi) Fletcher, 2018
"Thank you for highlighting, tracking and analyzing these cases. The remaking of refugee and immigration policy has become crucial to the fortification of the nation-state system in the era of global war, particularly so in the case of settler colonial societies. This transnational project is an invaluable resource for social movements and activists committed to justice, for teaching and learning, and for lobbying policy makers. Many thanks to all the researchers."
- Sunera Thobani, 2018
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The research on this website is primarily funded by the Australian Research Council, for the project ‘Deathscapes: Mapping Race and State Violence in Settler Societies’ under its Discovery Projects Scheme (DP 160100303) from 2016-2020.

In year 1 and 2 partial funding was received from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada, for the project ‘Racial Violence in Settler Societies: An Interactive Multi-Media Site of State Violence Against Indigenous and Racialized Peoples’ under its Partnership Development Grants scheme (890-2014-002). CI: Professor Sherene Razack;  Community partners: Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (Christa Big Canoe, Director);  African Canadian Legal Clinic  (Margaret Parsons, Director); Centre for Aboriginal Health Education at University of Manitoba (Dr Barry Lavallee, Director); Indigenous Social Justice Association, Sydney (the late Ray Jackson, founding Director).

We thank the School of Media, Culture & Creative Arts and the Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute at Curtin University for early development funding.

Thanks also to our design and development team (Tommy Segoro, Deanne Bowen and Claude De Lucia at Diversus and Jeffrey Effendi at DrawHistory) for their care, creativity and meticulous attention to detail.

Special thanks to Mike Sowerby of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University for his invaluable insights and advice in developing the courtyard garden.

We are grateful to the artists, photographers and poets who have generously allowed us to feature their work on this site. All copyright for their work remains with them.  All efforts have been made to contact each artist whose work is reproduced here.  We ask anyone we have not yet managed to reach to please contact us at

All other content on the site is licensed under the Creative Commons Licence CC BY-NC-ND which allows for non-commercial sharing of the material as long as it is not changed in any way and the source is attributed to See Copyright, Permissions and Conditions of Use for more information.

Details of images on our Home page  are in the Galleries section.