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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. In response, State Library has developed a new Resource Guide for Aboriginal … Read more

Lutheran Archive language books from Hope Vale, Bloomfield River State School now online

As avid supporters of the International Year of Indigenous Languages celebrations, State Library of Queensland and the Lutheran Archives entered into a partnership to digitise and to provide online access to Aboriginal language children’s booklets created in the 1970s. These charming booklets, with titles such as Kija [Crabs], Wambiji [Platypus] and Kuku Ngujuji [Funny Stories] … Read more

NPA Cultural Festival

Many Cultures One Spirit was the theme for the recent Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) Cultural Festival. This inaugural event was hosted by the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council (NPARC) and drew together participants from the Torres Strait and Cape York as well as the local communities. The program celebrated the diverse cultures across the five communities of the … Read more

Meston Notebooks

Archibald Meston. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 68274

Recently State Library digitised a series of notebooks compiled by Archibald Meston. Archibald Meston (1851-1924) was originally a journalist and politician but is best known for his role as the Protector of Aborigines for Southern Queensland 1897-1904. Meston was also the author of the ‘Report on the Aboriginals of Queensland’ which later formed the basis for … Read more

Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop (24-26 February 2014)

As part of State Library’s Indigenous Languages project, an Indigenous Languages Research Discovery Workshop was held in the JOL Reading Room from 24-26 February. This event drew together 20 participants from across Queensland to research the State Library collections as well as share ideas and network about language revival in Queensland communities. The workshop participants … Read more

Researching Indigenous Languages at AIATSIS

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

I was fortunate to spend a week researching the collections at AIATSIS for material relating to Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. AIATSIS is located in Canberra and is the peak collecting institution for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, with a particular attention on cultures, languages, histories and lifestyles. Their collections include historical and … Read more

Indigenous Languages Map of Queensland

As part of State Library’s Indigenous Languages Project, a new online-interactive resource has been developed to assist language workers and community members. The Indigenous Languages Map of Queensland is a research tool which identifies items in State Library collections relating to Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Using a Google Maps platform, languages can … Read more