A guide which steps you through the process of finding the English meaning of an Aboriginal word.
AIATSIS holds the world's largest collection dedicated to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.
Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages includes an online language query form and a library you can visit in person. It houses materials from various sources all related to indigenous languages.
Indigenous Languages is a site developed by the State Library of New South Wales which includes historic word lists, records and an easy to use map of Australia which pinpoints a tribe's location.
Language and people's theasarus: Presented by Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, this site includes maps, words lists and theasuari.
Indigenous Language Resources Victoria- a guide to Aboriginal language resources at the National Library of Australia.
In order to access many of the resources below you will need to register as an Library user.
Volume 2 includes an extensive chapter on language with word definitions divided according to tribe.
Includes place names, plants and trees and basic vocabulary.
Please note that the Victorian Aboriginal Corporations for Languages advises: 'If you would like to use Indigenous words to name a public place, facility or program it is protocol to use words from the Indigenous language of the land where the place to be named stands, or where the program is run. It is then appropriate to seek permission from the Traditional Owners of that language area to use their words in the name.'
As of June 15 2020 the Library is open with reduced spaces and services.
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.'