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Return of Cultural Heritage Project

Return of Cultural Heritage Project

Cultural heritage

20 Jan 2020 Lyndall Ley

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Innovative Audiotape Device Designed In-house

Innovative Audiotape Device Designed In-house

Cultural heritageDigitisation

27 Oct 2019 Mark Denbow

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Yolŋu Sign Language

What is Yolŋu Sign Language?

CultureIndigenous Australian Languages

23 Sep 2019 Dr Bentley James

Yolŋu Sign Language is a unique, endangered sign language of the Yolŋu people of North East Arnhem Land.

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Conservation of Indigenous Language Cards

Conservation of Indigenous Language Cards

Indigenous languagesLinguisticsCollection

2 Sep 2019 Rhonda Smith, James Campbell

The Ken Hale language cards in the AIATSIS Collection number over 3500 and help document various Indigenous languages from the remote regions of Australia.

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Treaty - Yothu Yindi

AIAS.015.CS-000081131 - Painted dancers performing the first dance in a Bunggul performance


12 Jul 2019 Rita Metzenrath

'Treaty', by the band Yothu Yindi, was a worldwide hit and remains one of Australia’s most iconic rock songs. 

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Pallottine Mission student records - Tardun, WA


CollectionReserves and missionsArchives and archiving

5 Jun 2019 Cathy Zdanowicz

In July 2017, the Pallottines donated a collection of material to AIATSIS relating to the Mission, hostel and school that had been operating in Tardun, WA, from 1948 to 2004.  A portion of this collection included the student files that had been kept and maintained in relation to Aboriginal children who had been staying in the hostel and attending the school.

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Nganapurru malngmarama balandanha runungura baman

War ServiceHistoryIndigenous Australian LanguagesCollection

23 Apr 2019 Rita Metzenrath

A month after the bombing of Darwin in 1942, a parachute came down on Rirratjingu lands on Bremmer Island. Read how Wandjuk Marika rescued American pilot Flt Lt Clarence Sanford.

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Wisdomatic Women Leader: The Spirit of Baymarrwaŋa

Laurie Baymarrwaŋa photo

CultureIndigenous Australian Languages

7 Mar 2019 Dr Bentley James

Laurie Baymarrwaŋa (1917-2014) was a humble and inspirational leader from the Crocodile Islands who spent a lifetime teaching and promoting Yolŋu language, knowledge and culture.

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A Rare Pine Needle & Raffia Mat by Marilyne Nicholls

A Rare Pine Needle and Raffia Mat by Marilyne Nicholls

ArtMaterial cultureCollection

16 Nov 2018 Rita Metzenrath

In 2016, AIATSIS acquired a tiny woven object only 16cm in diameter for our Art and Object Collection. Its small size belies the complex story behind its creation.

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Remembrance Day 2018

Postcard sent by Private Daniel ‘Dan’ Cooper to his sister Sally Russell – ‘to my dear sister’, 1917, Jackomos Collection, JACKOMOS.A03.CS-000110193.

War ServiceIndigenous Australians: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peopleBlack DiggersCollection

11 Nov 2018 Rita Metzenrath

AIATSIS pays our respects to Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders who served and died in all wars.

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