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.

The Referendum Australia Had to Have

The Referendum Australia Had to Have

As the nation discusses recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution, it is important to understand what led the nation to a referendum to change the Constitution on 27 May 1967.

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Remembering the Mission Days

Explore the Aborigines’ Inland Mission influence over Aboriginal people through newsletters issued from 1905 to 1966, as well as the regulations controlling Indigenous Australians during that period.

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The 1965 Freedom Ride

In 1965, a fact-finding bus trip to towns in western New South Wales quickly became a watershed moment in Australia's history. Jump on the bus and take a journey with the Student Action for Aborigines organisation.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta

Uluru-Kata Tjuta

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the handback of Uluru and Kata Tjuta to the Anangu.

Digitised collections

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

The Lone Protestor

A.M. Fernando Notebooks

The A.M. Fernando Notebooks exhibition concentrates on a very specific time in Fernando’s life by presenting digital copies of the London notebooks of A M Fernando 1929–30, and introduces you to the life of this remarkable man.

Dawn and New Dawn 1952 to 1975 - a magazine for the Aboriginal people of New South Wales

Dawn and New Dawn

The Dawn and New Dawn digitised collection is the only complete online archive of these magazines which were issued between 1952-1975 by the New South Wales Aborigines Welfare Board.

First cover of Our AIM, October, 1907

Aborigines' Inland Mission newsletters

The Aborigine's Inland Mission published the Our Aim newsletter between 1907 and 1961, and the Australian Evangel newsletter between 1930 and 1966.

Koori Mail collection online

The Koori Mail

The Koori Mail digitised collection is the only complete online archive for the Koori Mail – Australia's fortnightly national Indigenous newspaper. It was launched on 4 May 2011, which was also the date of publication for the Koori Mail's 500th edition.

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Documenting the Freedom Ride

Ann Curthoys' diaries have become an essential piece of historical material that tells the story of the 1965 Freedom Ride. Members of the Student Action for Aborigines (SAFA) organisation also produced many useful items that provide insight into this watershed moment in Australian history.

Musical Connections: Alice Moyle

Musical Connections: Alice Moyle

This online exhibition pays tribute to the life and career of the Australian ethnomusicologist, Alice Marshall Moyle (1908-2005).