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Archival Research

Content note

When researching you may come across words and descriptions in resources that are culturally insensitive and not used in today’s context. 

Key places to start your research

The records created and housed in state archives perpetuate the legacy of the colonial power which created them. They have been produced under systematic forms of control and frequently represent communities as the colonisers determined. Not only the archival records, but the institutions themselves, struggle to shed the problematic relationship between the government and Indigenous people. – (Lourie, Kojovic, Hodgson & Alimardanian, 2019, p. 7)

My ancestors are in these memory institutions, but their voices are missing from the words written, the art created and the cultural objects taken. All of their cultural knowledge and their history is recorded and interpreted through the colonisers’ lens. We are part of the memory conveyed by galleries, libraries, archives and museums, but we have had no say or agency in construction of it. – Nathan Sentence, Wiradjuri man

You will also find relevant information by going to different state public records or libraries:

Indigenous Australia playlist from the National Film and Sound Archive

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