Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resources


Libraries ACT acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the Traditional Owners of the ACT region and value their contribution, and the contribution of other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, to the city and the life of the region.

We have lots of resources to help you find Indigenous books in our collection, across the ACT and Australia.

Local resources

Indigenous authors

The ACT is home to lots of Indigenous authors, including:

People, subjects experience and history

Aborigines of the ACT - a bibliography on the ACT Heritage Library local history webpage

This bibliography includes books by and about local Aboriginal people, history and culture

Other items in the broader Libraries ACT collection include:

ACT Government Ngunnawal plant use; a traditional Aboriginal plant use guide for the ACT region
ACT Parks and Conservation Service Caring for Ngunnawal Country
Bamblett, Lawrence Our stories are our survival
Bell, Eric Bernard Looking back - my story: life story of Eric Bernard Bell
Brown, Carl et al Stories of the Ngunnawal
Bluett, W. P The Aborigines of the Canberra District at the arrival of the white man
Egan, Richard Neither amity nor kindness; government policy towards Aboriginal people of NSW 1788 to 1969
Egloff, Brian J., in association with members of the Wreck Bay community Wreck Bay: an Aboriginal fishing community
Flood, Josephine Moth Hunters of the Australian Capital Territory: Aboriginal traditional life in the Canberra region
Flood, Josephine The Moth Hunters: Aboriginal prehistory of the Australian Alps
Gillespie, Lyall L Aborigines of the Canberra Region
House, Paul H Uriarra moth stone, a Ngambri site of significance, Ngoobra and the hairy man at Yankee Hat, Ngoobra the Ngambri cleverman
Iacovetta, Antonia Canberra: a glimpse in black and white history ... and future; the national capital of Australia
Jackson-Nakano, Anne, The death and resurrection of the Ngunnawal
Jackson-Nakano, Anne The Kamberri: a history from the records of Aboriginal families in the Canberra-Queanbeyan district and surrounds 1820-1927 and historical overview 1928-2001
Kabaila, Peter Rimas Wiraduri places; Survival legacies: stories from Aboriginal settlements of southeastern Australia; High country footprints: Aboriginal pathways and movement in the high country of southeastern Australia, recognising the ancient paths beside modern highways; Belconnen's Aboriginal past: a glimpse into the archaeology of the Australian Capital Territory
Kwok, Natalie Considering traditional Aboriginal affiliations in the ACT region

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories, subjects and experiences from around Australia

These links are to items held in Libraries ACT. Searching Trove using the same key words or subjects will reveal items held in libraries around Australia.

Send any suggestions for inclusion in this section to act.heritage.library@act.gov.au, please.

Art

Biography

Children's stories

The State Library of Western Australia has put together this guide to children's literature by Aboriginal creators and illustrators.

Colonisation
FictionHistory
LanguageLifestyle
PoetryPolitics
Music

Film

ReconciliationRace relations
Constitutional recognitionWar
GenocideSport

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Collections focus exclusively on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and experience. The AIATSIS catalogue can be searched using the same subject headings and key words as other library catalogues. The catalogue can also be searched using the specialised subject headings and search terms developed by AIATSIS to provide more detailed description of items.

Non-Indigenous authors about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures

This is not a comprehensive list of Libraries ACT holdings or of the work of non-Indigenous authors about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures. Suggestions for addition to this list can be made here.

AuthorTopic Find them in Libraries ACT Find them in Trove
Jon Altman economics Search Libraries ACTSearch Trove
Diane Barwick anthropology Search Libraries ACTSearch Trove
Diane Bell anthropology Search Libraries ACTSearch Trove

Veronica Brady

history, literature, religion Search Libraries ACTSearch Trove
Richard Broome history Search Libraries ACTSearch Trove
A P Elkin anthropology, religion Search Libraries ACTSearch Trove
Jennifer Isaacs art, including painting and sculpture Search Libraries ACTSearch Trove
Peter Read oral history, aboriginal history Search Libraries ACTSearch Trove
Henry Reynolds history Search Libraries ACTSearch Trove
Peter Kabaila Rimas ACT and regional history Search Libraries ACTSearch Trove
Nicholas Rothwell current affairs, memoir Search Libraries ACTSearch Trove
W E H Stanner anthropology Search Libraries ACTSearch Trove
T G H (Ted) Strehlow anthropology, memoir Search Libraries ACTSearch Trove
Tim Rowse history, culture, biography, land rights, race relations Search Libraries ACTSearch Trove
Peter Sutton current affairs, sociology Search Libraries ACTSearch Trove
Keith Windschuttle history, writing particularly to rebut the 'black arm band' view of Australian historySearch Libraries ACTSearch Trove