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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

MusicCollectionCultureHistory

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

PALLOTTINES.001.CS-000175588

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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A Rare Pine Needle & Raffia Mat by Marilyne Nicholls

A Rare Pine Needle and Raffia Mat by Marilyne Nicholls

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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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A Larrakia - Filipino Love Story

Set designs for the Prologue and Act I, Scene 1, Artist and Set Designer: Gary Lee,  pen and ink, MS 5025, Series 3, Item 3, pg 2

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27 Jul 2018 Rita Metzenrath

The Gary Lee collection: ephemera 1991-2012 contains a number of unique items relating to the play ‘Keep Him My Heart: A Larrakia - Filipino Love Story’. These include draft scripts, the original ink set designs, cue sheets and the art work for the promotional poster for the play.

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A response to ‘Aboriginalia and the politics of Aboriginal kitsch’

Man & Women (vases)

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15 Jul 2018 Sally Brand, Kerry Reed-Gilbert

A response to Dr. Liz Conor’s The Conversation essay ‘Aboriginalia’ and the politics of Aboriginal kitsch’ by Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Wiradjuri elder and collector of Aboriginalia, with curator Sally Brand.

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Reading Room Display: The Kerry Reed-Gilbert collection

Kerry Reed-Gilbert

CollectionArtArtefact

29 Jun 2018 Sally Brand

A new display has opened in the AIATSIS Reading Room featuring Aboriginalia from the Kerry Reed-Gilbert collection.

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Photographing large paintings in the Stanner Room

Nathan Dukes and Colin MacDougall

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19 Jun 2018 Colin MacDougall

Now that four of the largest paintings in the AIATSIS Collection have been digitised, we have extremely detailed, colour accurate digital reproductions preserved for the future. 

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