Researching Aboriginal Family History

Liz Pidgeon

27 April, 2021

Possum Skin Family Story by Charmaine Keene Hamilton, 2019

Tracing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family histories poses a unique set of challenges. 

YPRL is proud to be a partner in the presentation of a  half-day webinar to assist people wanting to research their Aboriginal Family History. Join Jenny Bates (Koorie Heritage Trust), Maxine Briggs (Koorie Heritage Unit at State Library Victoria) and Tsari Anderson (Koorie Records Unit at Public Records Office Victoria and National Archives of Australia) to discover their tips and tricks.

Topics will include: how to get started, staying organised, an overview of useful records available, ideas for researching names and places, and how to access conditions of records.

The session will be hosted by Peter Webster from Kirrip  Aboriginal Corporation, Melton. 

The online session will be held Monday 17 May 2021, 9.30am - 12.30pm

Bookings are essential.  A meeting link will be emailed to you prior to the session.

Co-presented by Darebin Library Service, Eastern Regional Libraries, Goldfields Libraries Corporation, Melton City Libraries, Mildura Library Service, Moonee Valley Libraries, Wyndham City Library Service, Yarra Libraries and Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

Recommended Resources

Recommended Reading

Black, white and exempt: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lives under exemption, 2021

New publication of emotional personal stories of people who used their resourcefulness to seek exemption to obtain freedom from hardship and oppressive regulation of their lives as Aboriginal Australians.

Lowitja: the authorised biography of Lowitja O'Donoghue by Stuart Rintoul, 2020

The moving biography of a great Australian who, against the greatest of odds, became one of Australia's most respected and recognisable Indigenous leaders.

Our mob served: Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander histories of war and defending Australia, 2019

Presents a moving and little-known history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander war time and defence service, told through the vivid oral histories and treasured family images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal people and Australian football in the nineteenth century: they did not come from nowhere by Roy Hay, 2019

Aboriginal men learned the game and brought their own unique skills to it, winning local leagues and earning the respect of their contemporaries. But they were, for a long time prevented from reaching the higher levels of the game until late in the twentieth century.

Join us on Monday 17 May 2021, 9.30am - 12.30pm to learn more about Researching Aboriginal Family History.

Bookings are essential. A meeting link will be emailed to you prior to the session.

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