People are advised that the materials mentioned in this Library Guide may contain names, photographs and voices of Aboriginal people who have since died. This may cause distress to their relatives, so care and discretion should be used when using them.
The State Library has a number of electronic resources that are useful for searching topics relating to Aboriginal Australia.
Some of these resources can only be accessed within the library and others can also be accessed from home by becoming a Home Access User.
These relevant databases are all available onsite and via Home Access.
Academic search premier (Ebscohost)
Australian/New Zealand Reference centre (Ebscohost)
Australian Public Affairs Full Text (Informit)
Indigenous Collection (Informit)
Background and resources
The following list of resources comprises books written about the history of Aboriginal missions in South Australia statewide.
Histories of many Aboriginal missions have been brought together on the other tabs of this Library Guide. To find further resources about these, or missions not covered by the Library Guide, try searching with this subject heading in the State Library catalogue:
Aboriginal Australians - Missions - South Australia
Or conduct a keyword search using the following terms:
Aborigin* and mission*
Aborigin* and (Geographical location)
(Name of mission) eg. Colebrook
Aboriginal missions in South Australia, 2003.
Bird, Carmel (ed). The stolen children: their stories: including extracts from the Report of the National Inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their families, 1998.
Burger, R. J. Our aboriginal missions.
George, Karen. Finding your own way : a guide to records of children's homes in South Australia, 2005 and online.
Gerard, A.E. United Aborigines' Mission (of Australia): an outline of the history of the mission particularly in South Australia, 1950.
Harris, John W. One blood: 200 years of Aboriginal encounter with Christianity: a story of hope, 1994.
Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Guide to archival records held in the Mortlock Library of South Australiana relating to Aboriginal people. Adelaide: The Library, 1989.
National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families (Australia). Bringing them home: report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, 1997 and online.
Newspaper index : references to Aborigines in Adelaide newspapers, 1836-1940, 1989.
Public Record Office of South Australia. Guide to records relating to Aboriginal people, 1988-1991.
Raynes, Cameron. A little flour and a few blankets: an administrative history of Aboriginal affairs in South Australia, 1834-2000, 2002.
Survival in our own land: 'Aboriginal' experiences in 'South Australia' since 1836 told by Nungas and others ; edited and researched by Christobel Mattingley, co-edited by Ken Hampton, 1988.
Swain, Tony and Rose, Deborah Bird (eds). Aboriginal Australians and Christian missions: ethnographic and historical studies, 1988.
United Aborigines Mission (SA.). Annual report of United Aborigines' Mission. (This has been indexed, to see records enter the title in the source field of the Library catalogue.)
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