Resources relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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Find books and other material in the State Library of Queensland collections

The catalogue provides access to a range of research and reference material.

Virtual books

The Virtual Book lets you 'turn the pages' of some of our online books.  You can zoom in on a page to see more detail and listen to recordings of some virtual books.

State Library collections

Search our catalogue - One Search - on the following topics:

  • Aborigines
  • Aboriginal Australian Artists
  • Aboriginal Australians Music
  • Aboriginal Australians - Social life and customs
  • Indigenous Australia
  • Indigenous languages
  • Aboriginal culture - Queensland
  • Stolen generations
  • Torres Strait Island - History
  • Torres Strait Islanders - Social life and customs

Or use your own keywords.

You can also search for specific holdings of individual communities

You can also visit kuril dhagun, which explores different ways of understanding, creating, collecting and storing knowledge by and for Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders of Queensland.

Find articles in online databases:

No login is needed to access these articles and databases onsite at the State Library of Queensland.  Offsite access is available for SLQ members.  Learn more about becoming a member.

Try the searches below, or create your own combination of keywords.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - a reference site for students, educators and parents, it includes editorially reviewed websites and the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Find images:

Picture Queensland is a digital image library holding over 35,000 historical and contemporary images of Queensland. Images depicting Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders from SLQ collections have only been included after cultural clearance has been sought, in accordance with State Library's Protocols for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections [Document in PDF format 126 KB].

Find websites:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts : A national Indigenous arts and cultural service which advocates for the continued and increased recognition and protection of the rights of Indigenous artists. Includes information on policy, grants and art works events.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice : promotes discussion and awareness of the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  A feature of the site is statistics which highlight the disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Aboriginal languages of Australia : Created and maintained by David Nathan (Endangered Languages Project, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), this directory provides links to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language organizations, dictionaries, vocabularies, word lists, place names, academic papers, courses and individual languages.  Resources also browsable by State and language name.  the site forms part of the WWW Virtual Library and specifically, the Aboriginal Studies WWW Virtual Library.

ATSILIRN: the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library and Information Resource Network.

AIATSIS: an independent Commonwealth Government statutory authority devoted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies.  It offers a range of information, publications and services including access to its Library Catalogue.  The Library's Family History Unit provides a series of fact sheets and resources to assist Indigenous peoples to trace their family trees. AIATSIS also administers a grants program for research in Australian Indigenous studies.  The site provides a list of links arranged by category to online resources related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies.

Queensland. Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs :  provides whole-of-government leadership, coordination and monitoring in policy, program and service delivery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders and supports the economic and social participation of culturally diverse communities across Queensland..

Australian Bureau of Statistics : The ABS has provided information and statistics on Indigenous themes. Extensive information is available on the site though not all the information is free. : celebrates the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is a gateway to information on Australian Government Indigenous initiatives and programs. Created and maintained by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Indigenous Partnerships (Qld) : develops, coordinates and influences policy and strategic initiatives focused on increasing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people across the Department of Education, Training and Employment.

Indigenous law resources : The Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLii) created this section which focuses on Indigenous legal topics such as Aboriginal deaths in custody, reconciliation, stolen generation, National Native Title Tribunal materials, Parliamentary publications, Indigenous Law Bulletin and much more.  The site contains the full text of several reports including Bringing Them Home and Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Native title: Information about the National Native Title Tribunal.

National policy framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander library services and collections: a policy developed by National State Libraries Australasia (NSLA). As a member of NSLA and as the Convenor of the NSLA Indigenous Working Group, the State Library of Queensland supports and promotes this policy framework.

Queensland Regional profiles : informative statistical reports on a range of Queensland community types (e.g. local government areas). These reports are generated automatically using the latest demographic, social and economic data available. Community regions can be selected individually, or easily combined to create customised regions or catchments for profiling. The smallest geographical region available for selection is Statistical Local Area (broadly equivalent to suburbs in the Brisbane area).

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