Koorie Victoria and State Library of Victoria collections

Guide to sources in the Library collection, with links to external collections and digitised collections.

Koorie Victoria and the State Library of Victoria collections

As the State Library of Victoria's unique collections record the history of Victoria and Victorians, they tell something of the life, culture and traditions of Aboriginal people from the time of first contact to the issues, concerns and successes of the present day.

The extensive range of collection material, from maps to newspapers; diaries to activist posters combines to allow perspectives and stories from Aboriginal people to be drawn from the historical and contemporary record.

The State Library of Victoria advises that the subject of this work may include images and names of deceased people; it may also include words and descriptive terms that may be offensive to Indigenous Australians. This work is presented as part of the record of the past; contemporary users should interpret the work within that context.

Library sources

Library staff have produced these useful guides:

The following bibliographies describe a wide range of resources held in the Library collections:

A view of early Melbourne

JS Prout. [View of Melbourne, with Aboriginal family group in foreground].
Accession No. H92.334/2

Quick links

ATSILIRN protocols

Developed by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library and Information Resources Network they set out social, language and cultural protocols when dealing with Indigenous communities.

Indigenous Working Group - National and State Libraries Australasia

Works to develop protocols for the collection, preservation and display of collections relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples and addresses the issues of copyright and community consent for reproduction of materials. Includes links to the National Policy Framework for Indigenous Library Services and other publications of the group, and updates on recent activities.

AIATSIS Collection - includes MURA - books, manuscript and image collections; AUSTLANG - for languages resources and Art and Object - including drawings, paintings, textiles and woodcarvings.

Right Wrongs - reflecting on the 1967 referendum

Right Wrongs is an initiative of the Indigenous Project Group of the national and state libraries. (NSLA)

It is a joint exhibition across the archives of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), NSLA  and the ABC to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum which changed the way Aboriginal people were referred to in the Constitution.

Go to the NSLA site for more information on the exhibition and a bibliography