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My Brown Skin Baby: The first anthem of the Stolen Generation

Bob Randall in 1971

MusicMusiciansStolen Generations

4 Apr 2017 Dr Blake Singley

Bob Randall was one of the thousands of Aboriginal children throughout Australia that were subjected to the official government policy of forcibly separating Aboriginal children from their families and placing them in institutions or with European families. These experiences led him to write what is widely regarded as the first song to chronicle the events and impacts of the Stolen Generation.

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Images from AIATSIS Collection projected for Enlighten

ActivistsPhotographyHuman rights

3 Mar 2017 Dr Blake Singley

Pictures from the AIATSIS photographic collection feature in the Museum of Australian Democracy’s contribution to this year’s Enlighten Festival.

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AIATSIS digitisation specialists visit New Zealand

Daryl Ciubal, Daniel Walding & Llewelyn Jones

Cultural heritageDigitisationNew ZealandTe PapaDigital

24 Feb 2017 Daniel Walding

Senior Digitisation Technicians, Daniel Walding & Daryl Ciubal, recently travelled to Wellington to participate in the National Digital Forum (NDF2016) and visited the digitisation programs at Te Papa Tongarewa and the National Library of New Zealand.  

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Capturing the AIATSIS Possum Skin Cloak

Lee Darroch at her exhibition as part of Wominjeka.

CeremoniesCultural heritageArt

6 Feb 2017 Andrew Turner

AIATSIS’ story will soon be etched on to its own possum skin cloak by renowned Yorta Yorta artist and cloakmaker, Lee Darroch. AIATSIS multimedia officer, Andrew Turner, went to visit Lee at her home studio to document its creation.

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Aboriginal Art Market success!

People looking at artworks on a table at the market.

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14 Dec 2016 Public Engagement

This year we invited four remote Aboriginal community art centres to take part in our largest Aboriginal Art Market yet.

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My internship at the National Museum of the American Indian

ArtefactCultural heritage

9 Dec 2016 Jodie Dowd

Earlier this year Jodie Dowd undertook an internship at the National Museum of the American Indian which is a part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

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Spying on the AIATSIS Collections: Going undercover with the Nagra Série Noir

Nagra Série Noir

Archives and archiving

27 Oct 2016 Isabella Edquist

How does it feel to hold a real piece of cold war spy equipment in your hands? For our skilled audio technicians, it’s all in a day’s work.

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Sherlocks of the Bush

Cover The Strand Magazine, Vol. xlviii, No.287, December 1914 (RP STR)

HistoryIndigenous knowledgeIndigenous knowledge systemsLiterature and stories

18 Oct 2016 Dr Blake Singley

An issue of The Strand Magazine from December 1914 featured an article by an Australian journalist entitled ‘Black “Sherlocks”: The Native trackers of Australia’.

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Arthur Capell and language codes

Capell, A. 1963. Linguistic Survey of Australia. AIAS

Indigenous Australian LanguagesIndigenous languagesLinguisticsArchives and archivingAustralia’s heritage – The AIATSIS Collections

11 Oct 2016 Dr Kazuko Obata

For many years, AIATSIS has been looking after Arthur Capell’s archive of over 230 reels that contain language recordings.

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Archival finding aids and discoverability

Tasaku Tsunoda

Indigenous Australian LanguagesArchives and archivingAustralia’s heritage – The AIATSIS Collections

5 Oct 2016 Fiona Blackburn

Archives, or manuscript collections, form over time.  In the process, a structure develops, a shape which reflects the way the content has been created and organised.  

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