Cairns Workshop 4-6 April 2017

After an overwhelming response from language workers in North Queensland to our workshop in Brisbane it was decided that a workshop would be held in Cairns.The workshop was held in partnership with Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD) and North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Corporation Languages Centre (NQRACLC). We had a great turnout with participants from Cooktown, Wujal … Read more

Aurukun Workshop 21-23 March 2017

This community language workshop was held in partnership with Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD) and the Pama Language Centre (PLC). Participants were taken through some of the modules available under the Documenting and Revitalizing Indigenous Languages (DRIL) program which aims to enhance community skills to revive traditional languages. On arriving in Aurukun we received … Read more

International Mother Language Day 21 February

International Mother Language Day.

This Sunday 21 February marks the seventeenth International Mother Language Day! The day was established in 1999 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and aims to promote multiculturalism and linguistic diversity. Each year there is a theme to highlight multilingualism – for 2016, the theme ‘Quality education, languages of instruction and learning … Read more

New Media Toolkit – online and live!

SLQ New Media Toolkit webpage.

The State Library of Queensland’s Indigenous Languages Project received funding support during 2014-2015 from the Attorney-General’s Department Ministry for the Arts for Languages and New Media.  The project entailed technology workshops in communities as well as the development of an online toolkit to support communities and language workers. The website is now live and features ‘how to … 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

State Library at Yugambeh Mobo Festival

Yugambeh Mobo.

Yugambeh Mobo Festival is an annual event hosted by Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre designed to connect non-Indigenous Australians with bush food, stories, music, language, art and culture of South-East Queensland. State Library of Queensland staff travelled to the Gold Coast to share and promote Indigenous language resources, digital art workshops, Indigenous books, information … Read more