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

The Margaret Lawrie Collection of Torres Strait Islands Materials is a collection of the State Library of Queensland useful for family and community history research.

Photographs relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Access to photographic collections relating to Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.

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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