Using field surveys, this study found that greater recognition of colonial history and greater desired continuity of First Australian culture was linked to greater support for changing the date of Australia Day. These findings demonstrated how the socially constructive nature of collective memories are linked to commemorations of national history.

Project members

Dr Hema Preya Selvanathan

Dr Hema Preya Selvanathan

Research Fellow, SIGN Deputy Director
The University of Queensland
Dr Charlie Crimston

Dr Charlie Crimston

Research Fellow
The University of Queensland

Professor Jolanda Jetten

SIGN Director, SIGNify Co-Director
Professor of Social Psychology
The University of Queensland