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NAIDOC Week events at the State Library of Western Australia

We've got a very special talk, a number of displays and exhibitions and a free film matinee happening at the State Library for NAIDOC Week 2014!NAIDOC 2014: Serving Country

NAIDOC Week celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and communities and our contribution to modern Australia.

There are a number of events and exhibitions taking place at the State Library of Western Australia this year, all with a particular focus on stories and histories.

View old photos and the stories behind them with Storylines, learn more about Bush Babies and Stolen Girl at our exhibitions, and come along to one of our talks to hear about some of the amazing work being done to connect libraries and Aboriginal communities with heritage collections!

Libraries, literacy and learning in remote Indigenous Australia - Dr. Inge Kral

Where: The State Library Theatre, Ground floor
When: Thursday 10 July, 1.00 - 3.00 pm
Cost: FREE, Bookings essential! 

Dr Inge KralDr Inge Kral will discuss the important, but often under-recognised, role that libraries can play in remote Indigenous communities as sites for family literacy activities, for adolescent digital literacy practices, for community history archiving and for lifelong learning.

Inge Kral is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) at The Australian National University. Inge has an MA in applied linguistics (University of Melbourne) and a PhD in anthropology (ANU). 

Eventbrite - Libraries, literacy and learning in remote Indigenous Australia 

Film matinees: 

Wed July 2 (1.30PM)
Savage Strikes Back: The Kimberley Mob
(1991, 53 minutes)

For 100 years the Aboriginal people of the Kimberleys comprised the workforce of the cattle industry on their own land. When the cattle industry became less profitable, some of these workers were able to maintain stations in their own way. (Courtesy of NFSA) 

July 9 (1.30PM)
Urban Clan
(1998, 54 minutes)

A portrait of three brothers that make up the Bangarra Dance Theatre. The essence of the Page brothers' story captures an Aboriginal 'dreaming' of three spirits: a storyteller, a song man and a dancer. (Courtesy of NFSA)


Storylines: Aboriginal photographs and histories from around Western Australia

Where: State Library, Memory House Exhibition (Ground Floor)
When: Daily
Cost: FREE, No bookings required.

Storylines_userYou're invited to come along and view some of the amazing photographs and stories being uncovered by the Storylines Project, a new initiative to create an online database of Aboriginal heritage materials including photographs, video and audio. Learn more at 

An access point has been set up as part of the fantastic Memory House Exhibition currently installed on the ground floor of the State Library. 


Stolen Girl by Norma MacDonald

Where: State Library, The Place (Mezzanine Level)
When: Daily
Cost: FREE, No bookings required.

Norma MacDonaldCome along to The Place to see some of the original artwork and sketches from Norma's touching children's book Stolen Girl. The story explores the thoughts and feelings of an Aboriginal girl stolen from her family, and her longing to return to her culture and her family.


Bush Babies Display in The Nook

Where: State Library, The Nook (Ground Floor)
When: Daily
Cost: FREE, No bookings required.

Presented by Community Arts Network Western Australia (CANWA) 

View photographs of Wheatbelt elders produced as part of CANWA’s Bush Babies project.  
Portraits are displayed in the Nook alongside their bush babies stories with selected archival material from the State Library of Western Australia collections. 

A highlight of the exhibition is a special tribute to Kellerberrin’s original ‘Bush Baby’ Hazel Winmar. At 96 years of age, Nana Hazel is believed to be the oldest Ballardong woman alive.

Participants involved in the project have shared family knowledge using collections including, photo documentation, digital recordings, research and community storytelling events. 

State Library Bookshop

Where: State Library Bookshop, Ground Floor
When: Daily
Cost: FREE

SLShopDuring NAIDOC Week the State Library Bookshop will be offering a 15% discount on selected titles by Aboriginal Western Australian authors. Books, stationary and gifts will be on display and available to purchase.

Page last updated: Tuesday 1 July 2014