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A response to ‘Aboriginalia and the politics of Aboriginal kitsch’

Man & Women (vases)

CollectionArtefact

15 Jul 2018 Sally Brand, Kerry Reed-Gilbert

A response to Dr. Liz Conor’s The Conversation essay ‘Aboriginalia’ and the politics of Aboriginal kitsch’ by Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Wiradjuri elder and collector of Aboriginalia, with curator Sally Brand.

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Reading Room Display: The Kerry Reed-Gilbert collection

Kerry Reed-Gilbert

CollectionArtArtefact

29 Jun 2018 Sally Brand

A new display has opened in the AIATSIS Reading Room featuring Aboriginalia from the Kerry Reed-Gilbert collection.

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Photographing large paintings in the Stanner Room

Nathan Dukes and Colin MacDougall

CollectionDigitisationArtArtefact

19 Jun 2018 Colin MacDougall

Now that four of the largest paintings in the AIATSIS Collection have been digitised, we have extremely detailed, colour accurate digital reproductions preserved for the future. 

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Fight for Life: The Father Dixon and the Stuart Case Papers

Pencil drawing of Ceduna Fun Fair layout

CollectionJusticeHistory

14 May 2018 Rita Metzenrath

Sentenced to hang in 1959, Arrernte man Rupert Max Stewart survived 7 stays of execution and ultimately had his conviction commuted to life in prison. The Father Dixon and the Stuart Case Papers provide an insight into how this was achieved.

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Papers of Alick and Merle Jackomos

Alick Jackomos 1948

CollectionHuman rightsReserves and missions

1 May 2018 Ewan Maidment

Merle and Alick Jackomos have a long connection with AIATSIS. Upon hearing the news that the Jackomos family home was being sold, the Institute contacted Merle and Alick’s daughter, Esmai, to make arrangements for the preservation of her parents’ papers. 

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Finding families on film

CollectionStolen GenerationsNational ApologyFilmPhotography

3 Apr 2018 Kelly Wiltshire

This year marks 10 years since the National Apology to Australia’s Stolen Generations, 20 years since the Bringing Them Home report and over 30 years since the Stolen Generations were documented in two AIATSIS films.

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From Art Petition to the People's Movement for Reconciliation

Sea of Hands

ActivistsCollectionWik caseSeaofHandsPetitionsReconciliation

10 Nov 2017 Rita Metzenrath

How did a colourful sculptural installation that started as an innovative form of protest transform into an enduring symbol of Non Indigenous community aspirations to be reconciled with Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders?

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Audiovisual Heritage of Torres Strait Singing and Dancing

DigitisationFilmCollectionMusicDanceTorres Strait Islander cultureTorres Strait Islands

27 Oct 2017 Kelly Wiltshire

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage raises awareness about the importance and vulnerability of audiovisual collections. For AIATSIS the content at risk includes recordings of Aboriginal cultural, social and political life from the 1940s to early 2000s.

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The Bennelong Letter – Voice of a Wangal Diplomat

The Bennelong Letter

CollectionArchives and archivingLanguageHistory

21 Aug 2017 Rita Metzenrath

The AIATSIS Collection holds a very precious copy of what is considered to be the first known use of written English by an Aboriginal Australian.

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Family History Research Success for Fred

Victor and Julia Leftwich

ResearchFamily historyCollectionPhotography

16 Aug 2017 Kayannie Denigan

As part of Family History Month, the AIATSIS Family History Unit has requested feedback from our clients about how they have been using the research materials and tools we provide them. Here is Fred’s story.

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