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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

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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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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Keeping our AV cogs turning

Keeping our AV cogs turning

Digitisation

27 Oct 2018 Mark Denbow

Our engineering section archives and maintains the devices and ancillary machines that are needed to play back the sound and vision recorded on the 55,000 hours of video and audio held on magnetic tape in the collection. 

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