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Rediscovering Indigenous Languages

Rediscovering Indigenous Languages

These First Nations language materials are being made available to assist community access the collections which were identified in the Rediscovering Indigenous languages project.

The Rediscovering Indigenous Languages site features historic word lists, records and other documents relating to First Nations languages from the State Library’s collections.

First Nations people should be advised that some of material within this resource contains offensive language, attitudes and descriptions of First Nations people. We acknowledge the harm and trauma caused by these documents so please look after yourself.

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Visitors to the transcription website should be aware that the transcripts are a copy of the original document, and as such, may contain words or spelling that are not consistent with current understanding of language documentation.

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B 505: Lecture on the Aborigines of Australia and papers on Wirradhurrei dialect, 1837-1840

B 505: Lecture on the Aborigines of Australia and papers on Wirradhurrei dialect, 1837-1840

This material forms part of the Archdeacon James Gunther papers, 1826-1878, held by the State Library of New South Wales. The following parts of the collection were selected for the Rediscovering Indigenous Languages project: - Lecture on the Aborigines of Australia and papers on...

382 pages: 76% complete (96% transcribed, 20% needs review)
Box 14 Folder 7: James Milson, correspondence & documents of David Dunlop, 1830s-1880s

Box 14 Folder 7: James Milson, correspondence & documents of David Dunlop, 1830s-1880s

This material forms part of the Milson family further papers, 1826 - 1960, held at the State Library of New South Wales. Included within the material is a vocabulary compiled during David Dunlop’s appointment as police magistrate at Wollombi.

52 pages: 82% complete (96% corrected, 13% needs review)
Box 4 Folder 1: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903

Box 4 Folder 1: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903

This material forms part of the Royal Anthropological Society of Australasia records, 1885-1914, with additional material, 1921-1926, 1991, and papers of Alan Carroll, 1886-1892, held at the State Library of New South Wales The folder contains pages 1-117 and comprises survey forms received...

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122 pages: 15% complete (22% corrected, 6% needs review)
Box 4 Folder 2: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903

Box 4 Folder 2: New South Wales place names, 1899-1903

This material forms part of the Royal Anthropological Society of Australasia records, 1885-1914, with additional material, 1921-1926, 1991, and papers of Alan Carroll, 1886-1892, held at the State Library of New South Wales This folder contains pages 118-200 and comprises survey forms...

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90 pages: 6% complete (10% corrected, 3% needs review)
Box 5 Folder 1: Western Australian place names, 1899-1903

Box 5 Folder 1: Western Australian place names, 1899-1903

This material forms part of the Royal Anthropological Society of Australasia records, 1885-1914, with additional material, 1921-1926, 1991, and papers of Alan Carroll, 1886-1892, held at the State Library of New South Wales This folder contains:Survey returns, mostly completed by local...

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58 pages: 17% complete (26% corrected, 9% needs review)
Box 5 Folder 2: Queensland place names, 1900

Box 5 Folder 2: Queensland place names, 1900

This material forms part of the Royal Anthropological Society of Australasia records, 1885-1914, with additional material, 1921-1926, 1991, and papers of Alan Carroll, 1886-1892, held at the State Library of New South Wales This folder contains:About 130 survey forms, mostly completed by...

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133 pages: 7% complete (10% corrected, 2% needs review)
C 44 : Sir Thomas Mitchell field book, 1828, 1841

C 44 : Sir Thomas Mitchell field book, 1828, 1841

This volume forms part of the Sir Thomas Mitchell - Papers, 1708-1855, held at the State Library of New South Wales. Sir Thomas Mitchell (1792-1855) was appointed surveyor-general of New South Wales in 1828. Between 1831 and 1846 he made four exploring expeditions into the interior of...

151 pages: 16% complete (100% transcribed, 83% needs review)
James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770

James Cook - A Journal of the proceedings of His Majesty's Bark Endeavour on a voyage round the world, by Lieutenant James Cook, Commander, commencing the 25th of May 1768 - 23 Oct. 1770

Manuscript written in the hand of Richard Orton, the clerk of James Cook. The manuscript is signed in full 'James Cook' and appears to be the copy sent by Cook to the Admiralty from Batavia. In the Fourth Book, Cook added "a small Vocabulary of a few words in the New Holland Language which we...

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372 pages: 20% complete (20% corrected)
Select Specimens from nature, of the Birds Animals, &c, &c, of New South Wales, Collected and Arranged by Thomas Skottowe Esqr. The Drawings By T.R. Browne. N.S.W. Newcastle New South Wales 1813

Select Specimens from nature, of the Birds Animals, &c, &c, of New South Wales, Collected and Arranged by Thomas Skottowe Esqr. The Drawings By T.R. Browne. N.S.W. Newcastle New South Wales 1813

Thomas Skottowe was Commandant of the Newcastle penal settlement from 1811 to 1814. While in Newcastle, Skottowe organised the collection and drawing of specimens for this manuscript. He was also responsible for their arrangement and wrote the accompanying text. Richard Browne, watercolour...

56 pages: 100% complete (100% corrected)
Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857]

Volume 01: Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 [ca. 1850-1857]

Forms part of the collection William Gardner - Production and resources of the northern and western districts of New South Wales, 1854 Volume 1 includes notes and statistics on geography, topography, climate and meteorology, botany, exploration and Indigenous Australians, particularly in New...

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664 pages: 16% complete (17% corrected)
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