First Nations Community Access to Archives

We acknowledge the incredible work that local communities are doing to reclaim and revitalise First Nations languages across NSW. In support of this work, MHNSW, in partnership with the Aboriginal Languages Trust, has begun an exciting initiative to unearth First Nations language, culture and heritage materials in the State Archives Collection, and prepare these for community access.

Join the team in deep listening to learn more about the project's journey of storytelling, truth-telling and revitalisation.

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First Nations Community Access to Archives

This project aims to improve access for First Nations people to important archival material about culture, kinship, stories, and languages within the State Archives Collection

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Improving First Nations community access to archives

We acknowledge the incredible work local communities are doing to reclaim and revitalise Indigenous languages across NSW

Research guides

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Aboriginal trackers & gaol photos

This webinar highlights records that Aboriginal people can access to discover more about their own family history on the colonial frontier

Aboriginal resources: an overview of records

A brief overview of the State archives that document the NSW government's interaction with Aboriginal people from 1788 until today

Aboriginal People in the Register of Aboriginal Reserves 1875-1904

This index includes the names of approximately 80 Aboriginal people. It is not a complete list of Aboriginal people living on reserves in NSW in the period of 1875-1904

Indigenous colonial court cases 1788-1838

There are approximately 250 entries in the index. Museums of History NSW is unaware if this database is a complete record of Aboriginal people and the law held as NSW State archives in the period 1788-1838.