Other resources about First Australians

The National Archives of Australia has many records about First Australians.

To help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people find records about themselves or their family, we have published a number of books and research guides.

Please note that some of these publications include references to, and photographs of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed away.

Books

Between two worlds: The Commonwealth Government and the removal of Aboriginal children of part descent in the Northern Territory – Rowena MacDonald, 1995

Based on a long-running exhibition, this book looks at how Aboriginal children of part descent were taken from their families and placed in two Northern Territory 'half-caste' institutions run by the Australian Government.

It includes oral histories, documents and photographs and shows what happened to the children.

You can read this book at National Archives research centres. You can find copies in other libraries using Trove.

Family journeys: Stories in the National Archives of Australia, 2008

Ths book traces the histories of nine Australian families using records in the National Archives' collection.

One of the stories in the focuses on the Cubillo family of the Northern Territory. It talks about the migration of Antonio from the Philippines and his marriage to Lily of the Larrakia people.

You can buy this book in our online shop.

Footprints: The Journey of Lucy and Percy Pepper, 2008

Developed in consultation with the Pepper family of Victoria, this book describes the family's struggle to stay together at a time when laws and government policy defined who was ‘Aboriginal’ and who wasn't.

You can read this book at National Archives research centres or find a copy using Trove.

Research guides

We have created a number of research guides to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people research their family and history:

Bringing Them Home name index

The Bringing Them Home name index is a list of names of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who appear in government files.

Staff at the National Archives can search the index for particular names. They can also search a list of World War I Indigenous servicemen.

Other online resources

Koorie Records Unit

The Koorie Records Unit promotes awareness about records relating to Aboriginal people held by the Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) and the National Archives.

VRROOM

Our virtual reading room offers easy access to archival records for teachers and students, including a wealth of material about First Australians. 

Useful pages on this website