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Jarjum Stories exhibition

Last month saw the opening of the Jarjum Stories exhibition in kuril dhagun showcase. Jarjum Stories is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s books and storytelling from classics such as The Legends of Moonie Jarl, Stradbroke Dreamtime and The Rainbow Serpent to contemporary stories. One of the highlights is a children’s book … Read more

Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages.

On Wednesday evening, approximately 150 guests celebrated the official opening of Spoken: celebrating Queensland languages on the Queensland Terrace. The exhibition is part of State Library’s commitment to the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages. William Barton kicked off the proceedings with an amazing display on the Yirdaki [didgeridoo] before MC Stephen Oliver came to … Read more


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. State Library’s ‘word of the week’ for Week Twenty-One is yalobaga [pronounced yell-oh-bah-gah], from the Yuwibara … Read more

Indigenous Languages Residency – 2018

This is the sixth year [2018] that State Library of Queensland has hosted a Language Residency with 18 past participants researching 20+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Outcomes from recent residencies have been documented and shared on their return to community. Residents undertake research into their nominated language(s) using materials in State Library’s collections. … 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

Mackay – Indigenous Languages Recording Workshop

The recent workshop was the next step in the Mackay region language revival journey. Since the first Information gathering workshop in 2015 Mackay Regional Council Libraries, Norell Binsiar, State Library and members of the Yuwibara people have been busy compiling a dictionary using the Miromaa Language Software program. The outcome of the latest workshop is … Read more

Mackay Language Recording Workshop [11-13 September 2017]

As part of our ongoing work with the Mackay community and the revival of Yuwibara language, State Library is partnering with Mackay Regional Libraries and North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Corporation Language Centre to deliver a language workshop in September. George Bridgeman was the Superintendent of the Baker’s Creek Aboriginal Mission established in the 1870’s and … Read more