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.

Gordon Hookey Day of Mourning

Day of Mourning and Protest Aborigines Conference - 75th Anniversary

The twenty-sixth of January 2013 marks the day, 75 years ago, when an important National Aboriginal civil-rights gathering, the Day of Mourning, took place at Australian Hall, Sydney.

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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.