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Spoken: Resource Lounge

One of the features of Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages is a Resource Lounge at the end of the exhibition space for visitors to explore the collections and languages in more depth. This space is a quiet area to reflect on the exhibition and the many stories of Queensland languages. Some of the significant items featured … Read more

Aboriginal Placenames of South-East Queensland.

Aboriginal placenames generate a lot of discussion regarding meanings, translations, etc. – in fact, over the course of the International Year of Indigenous Languages, State Library has received a steady flow of requests asking for meanings or origins of placenames across South-East Queensland. It should be acknowledged that the landscape of South-East Queensland had traditional … Read more

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Map.

Visitors to the Spoken: Celebrating Queensland Languages exhibition Resource Lounge may have noticed a refreshed version of the State Library Indigenous languages resources map. The primary focus of the map is to connect community members, researchers and general public with items in the collection relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.  In addition to … Read more

Journal of the HMS Endeavour, 1768-1771.

“Holograph journal, written entirely in James Cook’s hand, of the voyage of H.M.S. Endeavour during which Cook discovered eastern Australia and circumnavigated New Zealand.” This somewhat innocuous description understates the significance of one of the highlights of the Spoken exhibition. James Cook joined the Royal Navy in 1755 and steadily advanced through the ranks. In … Read more

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages: Word of the Week – Week Fourteen.

As part of State Library’s commitment to the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, we will be promoting a ‘word of the week’ from one of the 125+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects from across Queensland. This week’s word is woodoobra [pronounced woon-doo-bra], from the Yirandali language of North-West Queensland, particularly the region … Read more

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages ‘Word of the Week’: Week Three.

As part of State Library’s commitment to the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, we will be promoting a ‘word of the week’ from one of the 125+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects from across Queensland. Captain Cook’s Journal Saturday 23 July, 1770 – One of the Men saw an Animal something … Read more

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