National collections and resources


Australian Institute for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Family History Unit
AIATSIS holds a large collection of material about and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from all corners of Australia. The website offers an online catalogue, information guides and virtual exhibitions.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Biographical Index
With over 35,000 entries, AIATSIS' Aboriginal Biographical Index provides a brief biographical entry of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people referred to, or depicted in published or unpublished material held in the Institute’s collections. Search by personal name, place name or language group.

National Library of Australia - Mura Gadi Catalogue
Mura Gadi is a guide to material in the National Library of Australia relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It provides an online pathway to collections of archival materials held by the National Library as well as direct links to digitised copies of materials.

New South Wales

State Library of New South Wales - Australian Indigenous Services
Useful information and guides for resources relating to the Aboriginal people of New South Wales.

Northern Territory

Territory Stories
A repository of historical and culturally significant digital objects accessible to the public. In addition to documents and photographs, the site accommodates a range of formats including audio and video and allows users to contribute their stories. The website includes PictureNTStoryNT, and History NT.


State Library of Queensland - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queensland
The site provides information on accessing various collections including the Norman Tindale Collection, a series of genealogy sheets and photographs of Aboriginal people who lived on various Aboriginal missions in Australia during the period 1939 to 1959.

South Australia

State Library of South Australia Aboriginal Family History
A guide to the information resources available to trace Aboriginal family histories in South Australia.

South Australian Museum Australian Aboriginal Cultures
The Museum holds original Tindale materials which are a significant cultural resource as well as important for Aboriginal people of South Australia.


Public Record Office Victoria - Koorie Record Unit
Information and guides for resources including Finding Your Story - a reference tool for Victorian Koorie people seeking information on their separation from Western Australia.

Western Australia

State Records Office of Western Australia
The SRO holds WA Government records.


Aboriginal History Research Services within the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries can provide research support for State government records about Aboriginal people and families in Western Australia.  They manage access to manages access to approximately 16,000 archived files. These files are the records of various government departments that managed Aboriginal affairs between 1886 and 1972. They also hold the prominent Tindale Photographic collection which contains images of Aboriginal people and the land across Western Australia.

Family Information Records Bureau at the Department for Child Protection and Family Support
The Family Information Records Bureau and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs help Aboriginal people access their personal records and family history. The Bureau has access to information about Aboriginal families gathered from former Department of Native Welfare files and other government files from as early as 1920.

Berndt Museum of Anthropology
The Berndt Museum holds a large collection of Australian Aboriginal art and cultural artifacts. Visit their website for more information.

Last updated on 23 September 2021