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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


Local Brisbane historian Dr Ray Kerkhove has brought to my attention the uncertainty around the meaning of the word ‘kuril’. The popular or commonly accepted meaning is that of the white-tailed water rat; hence Kurilpa = place of the white-tailed water rat. Kurilpa Point and the Kurilpa bridge also bears the name as well as … Read more

More greetings in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

Following on from the original “Say G’day” initiative, State Library has compiled additional words for greetings, ‘good day’, etc. for use in local communities. The 2017 NAIDOC Theme of ‘Our Languages Matter’ created a lot of interest in Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.  From an initial list of 25, State Library has over … Read more

Wordlists from Commonwealth Games venues

State Library of Queensland has been compiling a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language wordlists from historical items in the collections and making these available to communities and language workers via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages webpages. The State Library of Queensland acknowledges that the language heritage and knowledge of these wordlists … Read more

Finger Lime

Finger Lime, Bailey (1909).

At the State Library we get some unusual and quite interesting requests from clients. One such query came this week via a phone call from Art Gallery Food & Wine which is the restaurant for the Art Gallery of South Australia. The restaurant is refreshing their menu and have added some traditional foods – one of … Read more