A guide to resources that will help you to research Aboriginal Australian family history.
From its early days as the first collecting institution in the new European settlement of Victoria, the State Library Victoria has been in a unique position to develop its holdings of books, photographs and other material relating to Aboriginal people. The Library's Koori Victoria webpage and the Koorie Victoria and the State Library of Victoria's collection Research Guide provide further information about various Library collections that contain supporting historical information for family history research.
The State Library Victoria's online catalogue is available within and outside the Library through the State Library Victoria's website. Search the catalogue using subject headings or words anywhere in the record such as:
Select resources for researching Victorian Aboriginal history include:
Publications by Gary Presland.
Publications by Aldo Massola.
The Diane Barwick papers are held in the Library's Australian Manuscripts Collection. Diane Barwick was an anthropologist who undertook extensive research into kin networks among Aboriginal Victorians.
The Aboriginal people of Victoria: select bibliography of pre-1960 printed sources in the collections of the State Library of Victoria. This bibliography describes books, pamphlets and reports in the Libray's collections.
Indigenous Victorians: repressed, resourceful and respected, being the 85th edition of The La Trobe journal.
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