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South Australian Aboriginal people and languages
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Survival in our Own Land



Survival in our Own Land, reissued in 2008, was the first publication to present South Australian history from the Aboriginal viewpoint. Almost one hundred and fifty Aboriginal people have told their stories through prose, photographs and poetry, many for the first time in this book. Extracts from archival documents, many never before published, have also been included in thirty five comprehensive chapters spanning first encounters to modern day. It provides an unsurpassed insight into a huge range of issues, and is vital information for understanding the indigenous position. Read a review on the Gould Genealogy and History website.


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This Library Guide provides a guide to sources relating to several major nations of South Australian Aboriginal people. It comprises selected books, pamphlets, periodical articles, archival material and online resources held by or available within the State Library. Other material can be found by using the Library catalogue and databases. Not all material listed here is on open access, and some material will need to be retrieved from storage. Check with staff at the Information Desk.

The online catalogue contains information for virtually all material held by the Library. This link to Using the Library Catalogue provides comprehensive information on how to achieve the best results from a catalogue search, using full text databases, and suggestions for other resources to consult. 


Cultural warning

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.


Guide to archival records



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)

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