Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Research Discovery Workshop [4-7 December 2017]

Pauline & Janelle, NPA.

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) will be hosting an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Research Workshop at the State Library in Brisbane from 4-7 December 2017. This workshop aims to build upon and extend previous research workshops and enhance the research skills and knowledge of community language workers.  This event is aimed at language workers and community members who are currently working/have an interest in traditional languages and supporting language revival programs in communities.

Research Discovery Workshop Aims:

1.    to discover and explore materials held in SLQ, UQ and State Archives collections;

2.    to undertake language/locality specific research; and

3.    to identify potential applications for using materials to support language activities.

Nguri extract [Barlow 1865].

Participants in the workshop will undertake research activities at the State Library, but also explore other collections and discover new ideas and strategies for working with languages. As per previous years, the program will include guest speakers as well as site visits to local collections.

Day One will set the scene for research but also allow participants to explore the State Library collections.

Day Two a site visit to University of Queensland, featuring an introduction to the Fryer Library and their collections related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Day Three will entail a visit to the Queensland State Archives at Runcorn and will provide participants with further information on available language resources. The afternoon session will be back at SLQ for ongoing research.

Day Four will provide an opportunity for participants to consolidate their research activity and explore next steps on their language journeys. The workshop will wrap up with an open forum to share their research findings as well as reflect on future direction for their language revival.

Ku-in-ma-ba-ra Tribe, Torilla (Roth, 1904).

In addition to researching unique language materials, this will be an exciting opportunity to network and share ideas around language revival across Queensland. Workshop documents, including Expressions of Interest/Registration Forms are currently being finalised and will be sent out through language networks – for further details please contact Rose Warsow, Indigenous Languages Project Officer [Email: Rose.Warsow@slq.qld.gov.au ].


Desmond Crump

Indigenous Languages Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

SLQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages webpages


References & Further Reading

Harriet Barlow Manuscript ca. 1865. OM91-69

Lawrie, M. Myths and legends of Torres Strait. Q 398.2099438 MYT

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

Roth, W. E. (1898-1903) “Reports to the Commissioner of Police and others, on Queensland aboriginal peoples 1898-1903.” FILM 0714

Watson, F. J. (1944) “Vocabularies of four representative tribes of South Eastern Queensland”; supplement to the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia(Queensland), No. 34, Vol XLVIII. REFJ 499.15 wat