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Indigenous Languages in Australian Parliaments

Tyronne Bell, Jai Bell, and Glen Freeman help Malcom Turnbull to give an acknowledgement of country in Ngunawal.

Indigenous languagesLanguageIndigenous Australian LanguagesHistoryResearch

21 May 2018 Jacqueline Battin

As a part of AIATSIS’ Ngunawal Revival Project, we assisted in writing an acknowledgment of country in Ngunawal, which PM Malcom Turnbull has said in Parliament. But on what other occasions have Indigenous Australian languages been used in Parliament?

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Fight for Life: The Father Dixon and the Stuart Case Papers

Pencil drawing of Ceduna Fun Fair layout

CollectionJusticeHistory

14 May 2018 Rita Metzenrath

Sentenced to hang in 1959, Arrernte man Rupert Max Stewart survived 7 stays of execution and ultimately had his conviction commuted to life in prison. The Father Dixon and the Stuart Case Papers provide an insight into how this was achieved.

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Papers of Alick and Merle Jackomos

Alick Jackomos 1948

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1 May 2018 Ewan Maidment

Merle and Alick Jackomos have a long connection with AIATSIS. Upon hearing the news that the Jackomos family home was being sold, the Institute contacted Merle and Alick’s daughter, Esmai, to make arrangements for the preservation of her parents’ papers. 

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Finding families on film

CollectionStolen GenerationsNational ApologyFilmPhotography

3 Apr 2018 Kelly Wiltshire

This year marks 10 years since the National Apology to Australia’s Stolen Generations, 20 years since the Bringing Them Home report and over 30 years since the Stolen Generations were documented in two AIATSIS films.

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From Art Petition to the People's Movement for Reconciliation

Sea of Hands

ActivistsCollectionWik caseSeaofHandsPetitionsReconciliation

10 Nov 2017 Rita Metzenrath

How did a colourful sculptural installation that started as an innovative form of protest transform into an enduring symbol of Non Indigenous community aspirations to be reconciled with Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders?

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Audiovisual Heritage of Torres Strait Singing and Dancing

DigitisationFilmCollectionMusicDanceTorres Strait Islander cultureTorres Strait Islands

27 Oct 2017 Kelly Wiltshire

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage raises awareness about the importance and vulnerability of audiovisual collections. For AIATSIS the content at risk includes recordings of Aboriginal cultural, social and political life from the 1940s to early 2000s.

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Writing ‘Against Native Title’

Aunty Sue Haseldine collecting jungoo jungoo

Native TitleLand rights

20 Oct 2017 Dr Eve Vincent

‘Against Native Title’ is a book about one Aboriginal group’s experience of the native title claims process. The book has a central character, a woman called Sue Coleman Haseldine. Aunty Sue is a skilled storyteller — a warm, wise and funny person — and a vehement critic of native title.

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The Bennelong Letter – Voice of a Wangal Diplomat

The Bennelong Letter

CollectionArchives and archivingLanguageHistory

21 Aug 2017 Rita Metzenrath

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.

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Family History Research Success for Fred

Victor and Julia Leftwich

ResearchFamily historyCollectionPhotography

16 Aug 2017 Kayannie Denigan

As part of Family History Month, the AIATSIS Family History Unit has requested feedback from our clients about how they have been using the research materials and tools we provide them. Here is Fred’s story.

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Research wins within the AIATSIS Family History Unit

Sandy Mullett

Family history

11 Aug 2017 Erin Vink

As part of Family History Month, the AIATSIS Family History Unit has requested feedback from our clients about how they have been using the research materials and tools we provide them. Here is Sandy’s story.

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