Aboriginal Sydney Resources
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This guide is a starting point for material relating to the culture and history of the Sydney Aboriginal communities in the Australian Museum Research Library collection. More information on Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney can also be found here.
Please note: This guide is to help start your research and is not reflective of the extensive materials available in the Library's collection.
Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney / Paul Irish. Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2017
This book focuses on colonial accounts and records of Aboriginal people in the early stages of the colony.
Sydney’s Aboriginal Past: Investigating the Archaeological and Historical Records, 2nd ed. / Val Attenbrow. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2010
Through extensive research this book provides details into the tools, technology, culture and history of the different Aboriginal people of Sydney.
The Colony: A History of Early Sydney / Grace Karskens. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2009
This book recounts the early history of the colony and this includes encounters with the Aboriginal people of the Eora Nation.
The Sydney Language / Jakelin Troy. [Flynn, ACT: J. Troy], 1994
Considered the essential book of the Sydney Aboriginal Language.
Australian Aboriginal Studies: Journal of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies
The Australian Museum Research Library holds No.1, 1983- 2017 but does not hold every volume.
Index of the journal can be found here
The AM Library holds Vol.1-vol.38 (1977-2014)
Index of journal can be found here
Go to our Library Catalogue and use some of the following search terms in the subject field:
- Aboriginal Australians - New South Wales - Sydney - History.
- Aboriginal Australians - New South Wales - Sydney - Antiquities.
- Aboriginal Australians - New South Wales - Sydney - Politics and government
- Eora / Iora people (S61) (NSW SI56-05)
- Eora / Iora language (S61) (NSW SI56-05)
- AIATSIS: The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is a world-renowned research, collections and publishing organisation. We promote knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, traditions, languages and stories, past and present.
- Eora - Mapping Aboriginal Sydney 1770-1850: Eora chronicles the clans and families of the coastal Sydney region and their connection to the land, to each other and to the English colonists. It reveals their distinctive culture and the cross-cultural interactions and relationships that form our shared history.
- Barani: The Barani website provides histories of people, places and events in the City of Sydney local government area that are associated with the histories of Sydney’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
- Dictionary of Sydney: The Dictionary of Sydney is a website about the history of Sydney – its urban myths, characters, political players, writers, dreamers, intellectuals, sports people, criminals – anyone and everything that contributes to Sydney’s story.
- State Library of New South Wales