Queensland Indigenous Languages Project

On Thursday and Friday 17th and 18th June, as part of the Queensland Indigenous Languages Project, the State Library's Heritage Collecitons Unit hosted a 'Discovery Research Workshop' in the John Oxley Library Reading Room.

Sam Turnbull from the Yugambeh Museum, Beenleigh.

This event was aimed at language workers and community members who are currently working, or have an interest in traditional languages and supporting language revival programs in communities.

Language groups being researched on the day included Kamilaroi/Bigambul, Gwamu, Yugumbeh, Jagera, Bindal, Wulgurukaba, Mbarbaram/Kukudjungan, Miriiam Mer, Jandawal, Kabi Kabi, Yidinji, Djabugay, Irugandji, Dyirbal, Mamu, Ngadjon, Garrwa, Cobble Cobble, Barrungam, and Wakka Wakka.

Thanks to our participants for coming from different parts of Queensland and the State Library's Des Crump and Chrissi Theodosiou for the hard work put into organising this valuable workshop.


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It was good, Thanks to SLQ. Community Language workers, both First Nations and other supportive researchers gained an opportunity to meet, share ideas and stories and gather new resource opportunities (like the Miromaa software).Hearing that the Meston Papers might be taken on, for increased cataloguing, was inspiring to hear. It contains a diverse collections of notes, historical observations and the raw lists of precious language resource that seems to have only been sorted by the mid-80s Bannister Manuscript (AIATSIS 2171). From those 19th century diaries (of Meston) researchers can learn much about languages along the coast, including Yagara and (Straddy's) Jandawal.

Hi and thanks Barrie. It was great to have you here on the day. I think the workshop was really beneficial for all involved.I certainly agree that the Meston Papers are a tremendous resource for researchers interested in the Aboriginal languages of Queensland. Whilst a complete item list exists for these papers it would be great to transcribe Meston's diaries so they can be key word searchable. We'll recommend this as a future transcription project and add subject headings by language group to the catalogue record to improve searchability.Best RegardsSimon FarleyManager - Client ServicesHeritage Collections