Yarrabah Tellin’ Country

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This week Nadine and I spent a lovely 3 days in Yarrabah – the beautiful Aboriginal community which is 45 minutes out from Cairns CBD on Cape Grafton. We were well looked after and very grateful to spend some time in such a breath-takingly beautiful landscape with such lovely people. State Library’s Indigenous Language Coordinator – Des Crump, was heading up to … Read more

Reclaiming Lost Language

In Queensland alone, over 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects were once spoken. Today around 50 of these remain spoken (in varying degrees). Many Aboriginal languages are already lost but digital technologies are providing communities with new opportunities to share and revitalise Australia’s original languages. Language allows us to share stories about … Read more

Living History Project

Lafe and Kerry Charlton

kuril dhagun is supporting QPAC’s Clancestry by coordinating the Living History Project which collects local Indigenous stories about the South Bank/West End/Brisbane’s Cultural Precinct area. Last weekend I had the pleasure of video recording elders who told stories of growing up in the Brisbane area. There were tears and laughter as they reminisced. We can … Read more

State Library gets the whole story on iconic image

 Guest contributor: Catherine Cottle, Digital Collections Curator, Queensland Memory    Jackie Anderson, Angus Rabbitt, Freddie Douglas entertaining in Kingaroy, ca. 1960, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Negative number 34481                    An iconic Queensland image has come to life with new information from Angus Rabbitt, second singer from left, pictured above.  In a conversation with State … Read more