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Sentenced to hang in 1959, Arrernte man Rupert Max Stewart survived 7 stays of execution and ultimately had his conviction commuted to life in prison. The Father Dixon and the Stuart Case Papers provide an insight into how this was achieved.
Merle and Alick Jackomos have a long connection with AIATSIS. Upon hearing the news that the Jackomos family home was being sold, the Institute contacted Merle and Alick’s daughter, Esmai, to make arrangements for the preservation of her parents’ papers.
This year marks 10 years since the National Apology to Australia’s Stolen Generations, 20 years since the Bringing Them Home report and over 30 years since the Stolen Generations were documented in two AIATSIS films.
How did a colourful sculptural installation that started as an innovative form of protest transform into an enduring symbol of Non Indigenous community aspirations to be reconciled with Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders?
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage raises awareness about the importance and vulnerability of audiovisual collections. For AIATSIS the content at risk includes recordings of Aboriginal cultural, social and political life from the 1940s to early 2000s.
The AIATSIS Collection holds a very precious copy of what is considered to be the first known use of written English by an Aboriginal Australian.
As part of Family History Month, the AIATSIS Family History Unit has requested feedback from our clients about how they have been using the research materials and tools we provide them. Here is Fred’s story.
In late 2016 I was fortunate enough to be awarded the NIRAKN Yumalundi Fellowship to conduct research for my PhD at AIATSIS.
Reverend John Brown’s donation of his National Sorry Day Committee working papers is available for use at AIATSIS. The Committee worked tirelessly from the release of the Bringing them home report in 1997, to 2008, to coordinate Sorry Day activities and so start a journey of healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The papers convey the work that, in Reverend Brown’s experience, became totally consuming.
We've been working hard on a project with the National Library of Australia to load our unique catalogue and index records relating to other parts of our collection onto Trove.