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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website contains images, voices and names of deceased persons.

Official records

It is important to understand that records about Indigenous people were created by a wide range of agencies, including:

  • protection and welfare boards
  • adoption agencies
  • education and health departments
  • police forces
  • churches and missionaries
  • anthropologists and a range of academics. 

They were created for a variety of reasons, such as the 'protection and care' of Aboriginal people, but most significantly they document how governments regulated the lives of Aboriginal people.

  • Some of the records were specifically about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Some of the records were 'mainstream'.

Researching Indigenous family history means that you will look for both types of records. 

How do you get access to the records?