Margaret Lawrie Collection
The Margaret Lawrie Collection of Torres Strait Islands Materials is the culmination of the life's work of Margaret Lawrie, a contemporary of a contemporary of noted Aboriginal poet Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal). She was deeply interested in the history and cultures of the Torres Strait Islander peoples and spent significant periods within the various Torres Strait Islands communities during the 1950s, 60s and early 1970s.
Between 1964 and 1973, Margaret Lawrie recorded many Torres Strait Islander genealogies (family trees) and other cultural information, including myths, legends, languages, history, art and culture of the region. The material relates to seventeen Torres Strait Islander communities:
- Thursday Island
- Bamaga (located on the mainland)
- Muraleg (Prince of Wales Island)
- Boigu Island
- Murray Island
- Dauan Island
- Naghir (Mount Ernest Island)
- Yam Island
- Erub (Darnley Island)
- Poruma (Coconut Island)
- Yorke Island
- Horn Island
- Kubin Village / St Pauls (Moa Island)
- Seisia (located on the mainland)
The Margaret Lawrie Collection was donated to the State Library of Queensland in 1996. More information.
- Find more information and access conditions for the Margaret Lawrie Genealogies
- Search the index in the SLQ Family History Indexes in One Search, the library catalogue
- Complete the online Margaret Lawrie enquiry form
- Tales from the Torres Strait (1972) collected and translated by Margaret Lawrie.
- Myths and Legends of Torres Strait (1970) collected and translated by Margaret Lawrie.
Jorn Harbeck's paper about the Margaret Lawrie Collection [PDF 12 kb] delivered at the Access to Indigenous Records National Forum in 2003
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