2016 Indigenous Languages Residency

SLQ Collection Items.

SLQ Collection Items.

As part of its Indigenous Languages Strategy, the State Library of Queensland is hosting an Indigenous Languages Residency at the State Library in Brisbane from 6-10 June 2016. The Indigenous Languages Residency is valued up to $5,000 to cover travel and accommodation costs associated with the Residency.

Aboriginal names ... G P Whitley (1936)

Aboriginal names … G P Whitley (1936)

The successful applicant/s will utilise State Library’s collections to undertake an intensive research activity into their community language/s. This Residency is particularly aimed at community members or language workers who are currently involved in language activity and wish to focus on a particular aspect of their language work.

HMS Rattlesnake - comparative wordlist (1852).

HMS Rattlesnake – comparative wordlist (1852).

This is the fourth year a Language Residency has been offered at SLQ and will be a unique opportunity to source language reference materials from some unusual materials and items within State Library collections. It is also envisaged that the Residency will generate new resource materials of significance and interest to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities working in language revival.

Wakka Wakka, Curr (1870's)

Wakka Wakka, Curr (1870’s)

Dependant on funding, there may be provision to offer two (2) or more residencies for the week – this may entail a small group researching one language/related languages or an individual undertaking research into a specific language or language topic. In previous years, researchers have looked at historical materials to gain an insight into how the language was spoken and recorded. Additional research has explored the range of languages and dialects in particular areas and identification of ‘shared or borrowed’ words.

Harriett Barlow - Numbers.

Harriett Barlow – Numbers. (1860’s)

During the week-long Residency the successful applicant/s will be undertaking research into their nominated language/s using materials in State Library’s collections. This activity is planned by the Language Resident and should be viewed as a one-week research project focusing on a particular language or topic related to Indigenous language(s). In the application, individuals need to outline their research activity and how they will be spending their research time at the State Library.

Ku-in-ma-ba-ra Tribe, Torilla.

Ku-in-ma-ba-ra Tribe (Guwinmal language), Torilla. Roth (1903)

State Library has a range of materials that contain language content from across Queensland and we invite community members, language workers and other interested persons to express their interest in the Languages Residency. The images in this blog are drawn from some of the historical items found in the collections. In addition to original materials, there are also many published texts and other linguistic materials to assist researchers.

Extract from Native Language of Moreton Bay.

Extract from Native Language of Moreton Bay. (1842)

Further details on the Indigenous Languages Residency, including application forms can be obtained from Des Crump or Rose Warsow at the State Library in Brisbane.

Desmond Crump

Indigenous Languages Coordinator, Queensland Memory

State Library of Queensland Indigenous Languages webpages


References and Further Reading

Archibald Meston Papers. OM64-17

Charles Wray Finch Papers 1842-1860. OM78-92/4

Curr, E. M. (1887) The Australian Race: its origins, languages, customs, place of landing and the routes by which it spread itself over that continent. John Ferres Government Printer: Melbourne. RBF 572.994 cur

Harriet Barlow Manuscript ca. 1865. OM91-69

Lawrie, M. The Margaret Lawrie Collection of Torres Straits Materials. TR2082

MacGillivray, J. (1967) Narrative of the voyage of H.M.S. Rattlesnake. [Facsimile Edition] J919.04 M’GI  

Roth, W. E. (1898-1903) “Reports to the Commissioner of Police and others, on Queensland aboriginal peoples 1898-1903.” FILM0714

Whitley, G. P. (1936) “Aboriginal names mostly of marine animals from North Queensland”, in Mankind, Vol. 2., No. 2. S 572 007