Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history has existed for more than 40 000 years. It is written in the landscape, depicted in artwork, told in dreamtime stories, spoken by elders and only recently placed on paper.

The State Library of Queensland collects a range of material pertaining to Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, including photographs, ephemera, posters, oral histories and digital stories. We also feature Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and artists of national significance.

Margaret Lawrie Collection

Margaret Lawrie gathered information and material about the myths, legends, languages, history, art and culture of the Torres Strait Islands between 1964 and 1973. Her collection now forms a significant part of the State Library's collection of Queensland Memory.


Photographs are a useful source of family and community history information. The State Library has a collection of digital photographs which are accessible online.

Tindale Genealogical Collection

With copies of genealogical information and photographs for some Queensland Aboriginal communities, the Tindale Genealogical Collection is a great resource for family history research.

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