A guide which steps you through the process of finding the English meaning of an Aboriginal word.
The Australian Manuscript Collection at the State Library of Victoria holds various letters, diaries and unpublished records related to Aboriginal languages. Phone (03) 8664 7009 for enquiries or email. Some of the collection includes:
The Federation of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Languages & Culture :contains a variety of reports, research and language resources
Walmajarri - English dictionary with English finder list compiled by Eirlys Richards and Joyce Hudson. (
The index to the word list connects to locations on the Curr's map (linked below) and the full text of the word lists included in The Australian race: its origin, languages, customs.
E.M. Curr. Continental Australia: showing the routes by which the Aboriginal race spread itself throughout the continent,1887. Curr squatted in northern Victoria and produced this work from writings on his experiences living amongst Aboriginal people, together with responses to surveys he circulated.
The library also holds a collection of local history files which are manilla folders containing ephemeral material such as newspaper articles, brochures and some auction brochures.
Some Aboriginal Language files are included in the subject files.
Order these files at an information desk at the Library, or phone 8664 7009.
In line with the stage 3 restrictions announced by the Premier, State Library Victoria closed on Thursday 9 July.
We will advise when there is any update to this situation.
Our Ask A Librarian reference service is still available to assist with your research inquiries.
'First Languages Australia is working toward a future where Aboriginal language communities and Torres Strait Islander language communities have full command of their languages and can use them as much as they wish to.'