Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Residency (18-22 June 2018)

2017 Language Residents

The State Library of Queensland will once again host their annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Residency at the State Library in Brisbane during June 2018. This will build upon the success of previous events where community members and language workers have explored hidden treasures within the State Library collections.

Linguistics of the Koo-gun-ji Tribe, Gribble (1900).

The Indigenous Languages Residency is valued up to $5,000 to cover travel and accommodation costs associated with the Residency. The successful applicant(s) will utilise State Library’s collections to undertake an intensive research activity into their community language/s.

Roth – Report to the Commissioner of Police (1904).

Dependent 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.

Wik-Ngatharra text [Hercus & Sutton, p. 95]

This 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.

Hawkwood Station, Parry-Okenden (1914).

Expressions of Interest close Friday 24 May, 2018; for further details, including Expressions of Interest forms, contact Rose Warsow.


Desmond Crump

Indigenous Languages Coordinator, kuril dhagun

State Library Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages webpages


Further Reading

The following list of items from the State Library collections are a sample of the materials utilised by past language residents.

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

Hercus, L. and Sutton, P. (1986) This is what happened: historical narratives by Aborigines.  Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies: Canberra. J 994.0049915 thi

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

Sutton, P. (ed) (1974) Languages of Cape York: papers presented to the Linguistic Symposium, Part B, held in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies Biennial General Meeting, May,1974. Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies: Canberra. G 499.15 1976