Ben McKeown, Spring Street End (detail), 2011

Ben McKeown, Spring Street End (detail), 2011

This week is NAIDOC Week – a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make. At the Library we’ve been reflecting upon the Aboriginal histories that are told through material in the State Library’s vast collection, from books to photographs, journals and newspapers. Below, we have highlighted a few ways to encounter Aboriginal history at the Library.

Aboriginal history research guide

Looking for a starting point to begin researching Aboriginal family history? This guide introduces the various types of records, resources, record repositories and basic research strategies you’ll find helpful.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people eresources

Discover the Library’s eresources on Indigenous literature and the latest research relating to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Access newspapers, language information, articles and legislation online from home. (To access eresources, you need to be a Victorian resident and a library card holder.)

Koori Victoria in the State Library collection

The State Library’s Koori Victoria collection includes books, photographs, artworks, journals, manuscripts and diaries that are valuable resources for research into Aboriginal history.

Exhibitions at the Library

In The changing face of Victoria exhibition you will find artefacts and historic material that explores Aboriginal history and first encounters during early settlement.

State Library blog articles

We’ve explored Aboriginal culture and NAIDOC Week in blog articles before. A few good reads include: Understanding Spring Street End and Celebrating NAIDOC Week in the Arts Library.

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