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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.
Bob Randall was one of the thousands of Aboriginal children throughout Australia that were subjected to the official government policy of forcibly separating Aboriginal children from their families and placing them in institutions or with European families. These experiences led him to write what is widely regarded as the first song to chronicle the events and impacts of the Stolen Generation.
Pictures from the AIATSIS photographic collection feature in the Museum of Australian Democracy’s contribution to this year’s Enlighten Festival.
Senior Digitisation Technicians, Daniel Walding & Daryl Ciubal, recently travelled to Wellington to participate in the National Digital Forum (NDF2016) and visited the digitisation programs at Te Papa Tongarewa and the National Library of New Zealand.
AIATSIS’ story will soon be etched on to its own possum skin cloak by renowned Yorta Yorta artist and cloakmaker, Lee Darroch. AIATSIS multimedia officer, Andrew Turner, went to visit Lee at her home studio to document its creation.
This year we invited four remote Aboriginal community art centres to take part in our largest Aboriginal Art Market yet.
Earlier this year Jodie Dowd undertook an internship at the National Museum of the American Indian which is a part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
How does it feel to hold a real piece of cold war spy equipment in your hands? For our skilled audio technicians, it’s all in a day’s work.
An issue of The Strand Magazine from December 1914 featured an article by an Australian journalist entitled ‘Black “Sherlocks”: The Native trackers of Australia’.
For many years, AIATSIS has been looking after Arthur Capell’s archive of over 230 reels that contain language recordings.