Collections online

Collections online include online exhibitions and digitised collections.

The online exhibitions present curated information to enhance your discovery of the story behind the content. The digitised collections show items which have been digitised as part of our ongoing preservation work.


We have created a range of online exhibitions which enhance and provide curated information on digitised collection items that relate to important events or cultural experiences for Indigenous Australians.

A Possum Skin Cloak

A Possum Skin Cloak

The history and making of the AIATSIS Possum Skin Cloak.

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Day of Mourning - 26th January 1938

January 26 1938 was the 150th anniversary of the landing of the First Fleet in Australia, for some a day to celebrate, for others a day to mourn. On that day a group of Aboriginal men and women gathered at Australia Hall in Sydney.

My Voice for My Country

My Voice for My Country

Explore the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voter participation.

Living Off Our Waters

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, fishing is as natural and as necessary as breathing. Fishing is a matter of cultural practice, and is informed by traditional knowledge.

Digitised collections

This section features collection items which have been digitised as part of our ongoing collection preservation work.

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Ethnomathematics in Australia

Ethnomathematics, as defined by Robert Hunter and Heather Whitely, is "mathematics used by a defined cultural group in the course of solving problems related to control of their environment".

Good Yarns

Good Yarns

For your interest AIATSIS Library presents some good yarns from Indigenous authors covering fiction and non- fiction and a wide array of genres.

Special platoon of Aboriginal soldiers, all volunteers, at Number 9 camp Wangaratta, Vic. 1940-2

Indigenous Australians at War

Welcome to AIATSIS Library's updated and expanded online collection about Indigenous Australian war service.

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The Maningrida Mirage Newsletters

One of the treasures of the Library of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies is the collection of community newsletters from all around Australia.

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Rare Book Collection

The collection of over 2,500 rare and valuable books and pamphlets of significance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies is one of the major features of the AIATSIS Library.

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An overview of the history of the debates about a Treaty.

Last reviewed: 4 Mar 2016