National and State Resources

AIATSIS - Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

One of primary aims of AIATSIS is research and understanding of Aboriginal culture, and much of this research is published by them through Aboriginal Studies Press. In addition, they have significant collections of Aboriginal publications and archives which can be searched online through their catalogue Mura. AIATSIS have also compiled an Aboriginal Biographical Index, which can be a useful resource for researchers and people wanting to trace their Aboriginal family history.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

A rich web resource that acts as a 'one-stop info-shop' for access to policy, programs, reports and services provided by a range of Government and non-Government service providers and people interested in improving the health of Indigenous Australians. The site provide quality up-to-date knowledge and information about many aspects of Indigenous health and supports 'yarning places' (electronic networks) that encourage information-sharing and collaboration among people working in health and related sectors. Supported by Edith Cowan Universities Kurongkurl Katitjin, the School of Indigenous Australian Studies.

Australian War Memorial

Over 400 Indigenous Australians fought in World War I, and even more enlisted in World War II. You can search the Australian War Memorial Biographical Database online for hundreds of records and photographs of Indigenous servicemen.

Berndt Museum of Anthropology

The Berndt Museum of Anthropology holds two important photographic collections: the Berndt collection and the A.O. Neville collection. These collections cover many of the regions that make up Western Australia, and show Aboriginal people over a period of more than 50 years. The museum holds over 11,000 images of Western Australia and these are available for viewing (no permissions required) by contacting the Berndt Museum to make an appointment.

Department for Child Protection and Family Support: Family Information Records Bureau (DCP)

The Department for Child Protection and Family Support (DCP) and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs History Research Unit (AHRU) are working together to help Aboriginal people access their personal records and family history. The DCP has access to information about Aboriginal families in Western Australia. This information has been gathered from former Department of Native Welfare files and other government files, with some records going back to 1920.

Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA)

The Department of Aboriginal Affairs holds a significant collection of records and photographs that are vital for people researching their family history. The Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) manages access to approximately 16,000 archived files. These files are the records of various government departments that managed Aboriginal affairs between 1886 and 1972. One of the most prominent photograph collections they hold is the Tindale collection which showcases approximately 3,000 photographs of Aboriginal people from Western Australia.

National Archives of Australia - Indigenous Records

Indigenous records are a significant part of the National Archives, especially in areas related to Commonwealth Indigenous policy. Visit their website to search for records online, or visit the Western Australian office situated in Berwick Street in East Victoria Park.

National Library of Australia (NLA)

The collections of National Library have significant Indigenous content that relates to all of Australia. The NLA developed Mura Gadi, an online guide relating to the records of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Library’s special collections. Mura Gadi has now been archived but you can still search by name or subject. Many other resources by and about Aboriginal Australians, in addition to those found in Mura Gadi, can be explored in Trove.

You can also search their photographic collection (including photographs from all State and Territory Libraries) online through Trove, view archived websites on PANDORA, and explore Australian music at Trove - Music Australia. Through the NLA website you can also search digitised historic Australian newspapers from 1803 to 1954 at Trove - Australian Newspapers Online

State Records Office of Western Australia

The State Records Office holds government records relating to Aboriginal people in Western Australia. They are a vital source of information for researchers and people tracing their Aboriginal family history. Visit their page on Aboriginal records for more information.

Last updated on: 13 December 2016