A guide which steps you through the process of finding the English meaning of an Aboriginal word.
The Australian Manuscripts collection at State Library Victoria holds letters, diaries and unpublished records related to Aboriginal languages. Phone (03) 8664 7002 for enquiries or fill out an Ask a Librarian request. 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 library also holds a collection of local history files which are manilla folders containing things such as newspaper articles, general brochures and auction brochures.
Some Aboriginal Language files are included in the local history files.
Order these files at an information desk in the Library or phone (03) 8664 7002.
nguwa = earth
warlu = fire
ngapa = water
wirl = star
The Walmajarri language is from North Western Australia.
'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.'