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Some material may contain terms that reflect authors’ views, or those of the period in which the item was written or recorded, but may not be considered appropriate today. These views are not necessarily the views of AIATSIS. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in an historical context.

Dawn and New Dawn

Dawn and New Dawn 1952 to 1975 - a magazine for the Aboriginal people of New South Wales

The Dawn and New Dawn digitised collection is the only complete online archive of these magazines which were issued between 1952-1975 by the New South Wales Aborigines Welfare Board.

View the Dawn collection

View the New Dawn collection

If you are looking into family history, or researching for an assignment, this digitised collection allows you to search by the name of a person and specific dates. You will also find details of births, deaths, marriages and baptisms, which is helpful for family history research. You can also view photos from the magazines or read from the complete set of Dawn and New Dawn magazines.

The Dawn and New Dawn also contain articles about the conditions and activities on reserves, stations, homes and schools throughout New South Wales, as well as highlights from the work of the Aboriginal Welfare Board. 


The Dawn and New Dawn Magazines were digitised by AIATSIS. Readers using the material on this online exhibition may make print-outs for research purposes. You may download, display, print and reproduce this content for your personal or non-commercial use but only in an unaltered form and with the copyright acknowledged. Anyone wishing to publish material from this website should in the first instance seek the permission of AIATSIS. If necessary, we can then refer the request to the appropriate copyright holder.

AIATSIS acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, culture and community.

We pay our respects to elders past and present.

Dawn and New Dawn | Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies


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