Books that give an overview of the resources on, and experiences of Aboriginal people:
Guides listing resources held in some of the key library and archival collections:
The Library Catalogue lists published material in all formats held in the Library. It also lists photographs, including viewable digitised images, other pictorial items, ephemera and references to selected articles. Unpublished material held in personal, society and business categories, including mission records, as well as oral histories from interviews with Aboriginal people are also accessible through the Library Catalogue. Staff can assist with searching.
Watch Discovering Kin and Country: Tips and skills for researching Aboriginal family history
Recorded August 2021
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More detailed resources covering the history and impact of Australian policies of child removal can be found on the Library guide pages covering the Stolen Generations and Children in Institutional care.
To find relevant material in the catalogue, try searching on these subject headings.
Other useful search topics include:
Some Aboriginal family histories have already been researched and published. Doreen Kartinyeri has published genealogies for the Kartinyeri, Rigney, Sumner, Wanganeen and Wilson families. These can be searched on the Library Catalogue by author. A selection of other histories of names and places are:
Police Gazettes can also provide details of names and events that can assist with family history. The Library holds the The South Australian police gazette from 1868 to the current year. Please note that the most recent 60 years, including the current year, are restricted and will require permission to access.