NAIDOC Week 2017: Our Languages Matter

The recent announcement of the 2017 NAIDOC Week theme has generated interest in schools and communities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. NAIDOC Week provides schools, community organisations, libraries and individuals with an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. This year’s NAIDOC Week theme highlights the importance of … Read more

Happy Indigenous Literacy Day!

Indigenous Literacy Day 2016.

Wednesday 7 September marks Indigenous Literacy Day 2016 hosted by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to raise awareness of the need to improve literacy rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The National focus will be on Sydney with a huge event at the Sydney Opera House. ILF Ambassadors Justine Clarke, Josh Pyke, Deborah Cheetham, Andy Griffiths, … Read more

Indigenous Languages webpages: Meston Notebooks

Meston Notebook 6 - Birds.

A new addition to the State Library of Queensland’s Indigenous Languages webpages is one specific to the language materials of Archibald Meston.  The Australian Dictionary of Biography lists Meston as a journalist, explorer and botanist; however, Archibald Meston (1851-1924) is best known for his role as the Protector of Aborigines for Southern Queensland 1897-1904. Meston was … Read more

Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop, 7-10 December 2015.

Nga-chan-ji Tribe, Roth (1901).

Final preparations are underway for the State Library’s annual Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop to be held in December. This research 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. It allows language workers and community members to explore the collections … Read more

Indigenous Literacy Day Wednesday 2 September 2015

Indigenous Literacy Day, ILF Website.

Indigenous Literacy Day aims to raise awareness of the need to improve literacy levels among Indigenous children. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) coordinates a range of fundraising events across Australia to raise urgently needed funds to put books into the hands of families in remote communities, run story writing workshops and publish the stories of young … Read more

Aboriginal names mostly of marine animals from North Queensland.

Aboriginal names ... G P Whitley (1936)

This innocuous title refers to an article written in 1936 by Gilbert Percy Whitley, Ichthyologist and Curator of Fishes at the Australian Museum. Whitley published this article in Mankind, the Journal of the Anthropological Society of NSW. The State Library collections hold several titles by Whitley, including Fishes of Australia, Marine Fishes of Australia and Freshwater Fishes … Read more

NAIDOC Week 2015

NAIDOC Week 2015.

NAIDOC Week’s theme for 2015 “We all stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate” highlights the ongoing spiritual connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to land and sea. It also provides a focus for schools, communities, IKCs and libraries to celebrate Indigenous culture and language. Connection to country also reinforces the connection of language … Read more