Rita Metzenrath is the Senior Collections Officer at AIATSIS and has had previous roles as the Reference Librarian. Rita has a particular interest in Indigenous Astronomy, Indigenous military service and the cultures of the Torres Straits.
Senior Collections Officer
Blog posts by this author
21 Aug 2017
The AIATSIS Collection holds a very precious copy of what is considered to be the first known use of written English by an Aboriginal Australian. It is a copy of what is known as the 'Bennelong Letter' and represents a seminal work in Australian...
26 May 2017
“In playing a game at ball which they kicked about - the different totems present two different sides and there were men and women on each side eg Garchuka men and women against Wurant men and women. Johnny remembers that he, his mother, and her mother...
5 May 2017
In a tranquil and reflective bush setting on the slopes of Mount Ainslie just behind the massive Byzantine Revival style of the Australian War Memorial is a small plaque on a lichen covered rock outcrop which reads: "Remembering the Aboriginal...