In 2006 Heidi Norman was awarded the Indigenous History Fellowship to enable her to research the impact of economic change on Aboriginal people in the Redfern and Waterloo communities.
The project, which will assist elders to record their knowledge of the development of their communities, including significant social, economic and political changes, will be a critical resource for future historical analysis and family histories. It will also form the basis of a public history of the Redfern and Waterloo districts.
In their report, the fellowship judges noted: “As well as having the administrative support of Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney, where Ms Norman is based, this project is firmly grounded in Indigenous approaches and perspectives and community support. It is clear, from both Ms Norman's track record and her application, that she has already developed strong local networks and is working from a sound knowledge base. Furthermore, it clearly builds on and develops her earlier projects, including an invaluable history of the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout soon to be published in the journal Aboriginal History”.
‘This is an exciting, timely and well planned proposal from an emerging Indigenous historian with an excellent track record of community-based projects in Redfern and Waterloo . Ms Norman's background, together with a sound methodology of research and oral histories, makes this project important, worthy of support and eagerly anticipated.'