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A collection of poetry and fiction works from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Containing over 480 titles, published from the 1930s to today and including a strong focus on Indigenous and female voices. 

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Learn about the works and lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and storytellers, and the literary cultures and traditions that influenced them. Find information on all forms of creative writing, plus film, television, criticism and scholarship, both by and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers.

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This provides streaming access to over 450 videos representing the work of indigenous filmmakers around the world. Local material covered includes Australia, New Zealand, Papua Niu Gini (also known as Papua New Guinea), Solomon Islands and other regions. Content has been sourced from several collections including National Film & Sound Archive of Australia, SBS, Mexican Film Board, and National Film Board of Canada.

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This complete database of Australasian content searches across all Informit subject databases. It covers the following major subject areas: Agriculture, Arts, Asian, Business, Education, Engineering, Health, History, Indigenous, Law, Literature, Media, Reference, Sciences, Social Sciences and Technology.

Useful for HSC Society and Culture, HSC English and HSC History.

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Contains over 103,000 records from 667 resources, starting from 1940. Subjects include business, education, humanities, Indigenous studies, law and social sciences. Useful for HSC English.

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Contains over 15,700 full text records from 111 resources, starting from 1977.

Full text to journals, conference papers, reports, magazines, ebooks, and grey literature.

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The Family Records Unit at Aboriginal Affairs was set up to help people from New South Wales to access government records about themselves and their family.

They also give researchers permission to access the Aborigines Protection Board and Aborigines Welfare Board records.

These records include details of children removed as well as detailed information on all aspects of life on stations and reserves, such as financial statements, salary and employment details, tenancy agreements and applications to leave the reserve.

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Australian Museum website looking at indigenous peoples long association with the Habour and looks at the wildlife and natural environment including placenames, clans, language and foods.

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Digitised collection of protection reports from bodies such as the Aborigines Welfare Board, and legislation that covered the 'protection' of Aboriginal peoples in all states.

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This site provides information on how to gain access to records created by the Board for the Protection of Aborigines (1883-1940) and the Aborigines Welfare Board (1940-1969).

It also lists material created by other NSW government agencies that contain significant mention of Aboriginal people (eg. the Aboriginal Lands Trust, Department of Community Services and NSW Police).

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APO is an open access evidence platform – making public policy research and resources accessible and useable. This First Peoples Collection includes resources about and for Indigenous Australians.

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Free access to contemporary research reports, articles and statistics on issues of public policy, including ageing, child protection, families, climate change, digital inclusion, religion, migration and many more issues from Australia and New Zealand. You can search within each topic collection. (Formerly Australian Policy Online)

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The Australian Indigenous Index or INFOKOORI is a State Library of NSW index to the Koori Mail: the fortnightly national indigenous newspaper, published in Lismore, NSW, since May 1991, that focuses on the Indigenous people of Australia. INFOKOORI is also an index to biographical information from other periodicals held by the NSW State Library including: Our aim : a monthly record of the Aborigines' Inland Mission of Australia. (19071961), Dawn : a magazine for the Aboriginal people of N.S.W. (19521969), New Dawn (19701975) and Identity: Aboriginal Publications Foundation (19711982). Full-text versions of Dawn and New Dawn are available from AIATSIS. Published by the NSW Aborigines Welfare Board, they contain family history information such as births, deaths, and marriages, and hundreds of photographs. They also contain articles about conditions and activities on reserves, stations, homes and schools in NSW. Historical information about Aboriginal people and communities is also being added from other newspapers published in NSW that are held by the NSW State Library, such as the Armidale Express, the Dubbo Dispatch and Wellington Independent, the Australian Evangel, Today, the Daily Examiner (Grafton) and the North-western Watchman (Coonabarabran).

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AIATSIS is a research, collections and publishing organisation with a priceless collection of print, photographs, video and audio. It promotes knowledge and research on all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, languages and stories. You can explore their online collections, research guides, publications, and many digitised collections including The Koori Mail, Dawn and New Dawn, notebooks and diaries.

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The National Archives has created the Bringing Them Home (BTH) name index which aims to help Indigenous people find information about themselves, their families and their country from National Archive records relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their history. This index was created in response to the recommendations of Bringing Them Home, the report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families, released in 1997. The BTH name index index contains: names of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; names of non-Indigenous people related to or associated with Indigenous people; names of missions and institutions where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were placed; and places where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have lived or visited. The index does not contain information about the people named. To see this information you will need to view the original records (files, papers and photographs) or photocopies of them. If the reason for seeking access is to obtain information for the purpose of re-establishing family and community links, under the Memoranda of Understanding between the Archives and Northern Territory, Victorian and South Australian Indigenous communities you may look at information normally restricted from public access. For further information see Fact Sheet 114  Memorandum of Understanding with Northern Territory Aboriginal people, Fact Sheet 205  Memorandum of Understanding with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency or Fact Sheet 209  Memorandum of Understanding with SA Indigenous people. You can ask for the BTH name index to be searched by contacting the Archives National Reference Service at ( ph:1300 886 881; fax: 1300 886 882; email : ref@naa.gov.au ). To assist reference officers undertake a thorough search, it helps if you provide as many details as possible, including: name of the person you are researching  this includes any variations in the spelling of given names, nicknames, forgotten names, or Indigenous names; family connections  the names of any siblings, children or other relatives; language group, country or homeland  which were sometimes used to identify people; place  where the person was born, lived, worked, or was sent to; date of birth, age at events, or date of death of the person; date ranges  year or period the person was in a certain place or area, such as the period they worked on a particular cattle station; and significant events that may have occurred in the persons life, such as being evacuated because of natural disaster or war. You can find out more about the BTH index in the National Archives at Fact Sheet 175  Bringing Them Home Name Index The BTH name index is not the only information resource available to researchers of Indigenous family history. While most government records relating to Aboriginal affairs before 1970 were created and maintained by state governments, the National Archives holds large quantities of records relevant to Northern Territory and Victorian Indigenous people. The National Archives holds many Northern Territory records because from 1911 until self-government in 1978, the Commonwealth administered the Territory. Northern Territory records are held in the Darwin and Canberra offices. National Archive holdings on Victoria are large because the Victorian government handed the responsibility for Aboriginal affairs and associated records to the Commonwealth in 1975. Victorian records dating from 1860 are held in the Melbourne office. Finally, the National Archives holds more recent records for all states because in 1967 the Constitution was amended to allow the Australian Government to legislate for all Aboriginal people. There are a number of other online National Archive fact sheets concerning records on Indigenous people, including : Fact Sheet 113  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; Fact sheet 150  The 1967 Referendum; Fact sheet 108  The pastoral industry in the Northern Territory; and Fact sheet 112  Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Go to Fact sheets on Indigenous Australia. View record page
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The Aboriginal history of Sydney City. Contains a thematic introduction, biographies, useful contacts, and references to books, films, images and websites. View record page
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Full text of almost 4000 historical books and periodicals relating to Australian biology, biodiversity, taxonomy, science and anthropology. It also contains over 100,000 international works. View record page
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Full text of the Report of the national inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. View record page
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This site, from the University of Newcastle Centre for 21st Century Humanities, aims to identify and record sites of frontier massacres of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people across Australia from 1788 to 1930. 

The site presents a map, timelines, and information about frontier massacres in Australia between 1788 when British colonisation began until 1930. Only frontier massacres for which sufficient evidence exists and can be verified are included. The map also includes information about frontier massacres of non- Aboriginal people such as colonists and others in Australia in the same period.

 

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Dawn and New Dawn magazines were published between 1952 and 1975 by the NSW Aborigines Welfare Board. They include family history information such as births, deaths, and marriages, as well as hundreds of photographs. They also contain articles about conditions and activities on reserves, stations, homes and schools in NSW. The full text of Dawn and New dawn are available at this site. Biographical information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Dawn, New dawn and other magazines is also indexed by the INFOKOORI Database.

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