Blogs are our space where you can discover the stories behind the work we do and some of the items in our collection.
Sentenced to hang in 1959, Arrernte man Rupert Max Stewart survived seven stays of execution and ultimately had his conviction commuted to life in prison. The Father Dixon and the Stuart case papers provide a fascinating insight into how this was achieved.
Yolŋu Sign Language (YSL) is a unique, endangered sign language of the Yolŋu people of North East Arnhem Land. It is not a signed version of the locally spoken language, but an alternate language for hearing Yolŋu.
'Ocean Guardian'(2017), a cast aluminium stingray by Brian Robinson, relays the creation story of the Great Barrier Reef ‘Gunya and the Sacred Fish story’ as told by Gimuy Walabura Yidinji elder Gudju Gudju (Seith) Fourmile.
The 'Bennelong Letter' represents a seminal work in Australian Aboriginal literature. The letter provides an insight into an Aboriginal voice self-reflecting from the eighteenth century and was the first time that an Aboriginal author had appeared in print.
Learn how the repatriation of sound recordings from the Waterman Collection held in the AIATSIS Collection inspired the creation of this classic song.
The Sorry Books are a powerful record of the personal responses of Australians to the unfolding history of the Stolen Generations.