Koorie Victoria and State Library of Victoria collections

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

Starting points

The La Trobe Library holds the majority of the book collection relating to Indigenous Australians.  The open access collection, which is located on Level 3 in the domed La Trobe Reading Room,  holds a range of contemporary and historical works. Key collection areas are biography, contact history, social and political conditions, anthropology and archaeology

Catalogue searches

Most of our collections are in storage - see information on how to using our catalogue and making requests. The catalogue lists books, pamphlets and a range of other materials.

Items have been entered in the catalogue under both spellings: Koori and Koorie.

Some useful searches are:

Aboriginal Australians Victoria history

Aboriginal Australians Victoria biography

Aboriginal Australians education Victoria

Aboriginal Australians health Victoria

Aboriginal Australians land tenure Victoria

Aboriginal Australians mission Victoria

Aboriginal Australians Western District

Indigenous people Victoria

Aboriginal Australians anthropology

Aboriginal Australians contact history

Aboriginal Australians in literature

Aboriginal Australians material culture

Library collections include materials on individual peoples. Most have been catalogued as these examples show:

Boonwurrung Australian people

Gunditjmara Australian people

Kurnai Australian people

Wurundjeri Australian people

Yorta Yorta Australian people

You can also do a keyword search using the name of a people for a broader search:

Boonwurrung

Kurnai

Yorta Yorta

ANU ebooks

A collection of ebooks, freely available from ANU, in the Aboriginal history monographs series.

Cover: What good condition? Reflections on an Australian Aboriginal Treaty 1986-2006