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Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family History: Books and resources

This guide has been written to assist Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander family historians locate sources available to them at James Cook University, as well as some suggestions for resources located elsewhere.

North Queensland and Other History Titles

JCU library services collects a variety of resources with history, archeology and anthropology being of interest to family historians.

We have collections you can browse alone and items in Special Collections which require a JCU staff member to get them for you. Items in Special Collections include unpublished items like personal diaries and journals, station records, union records etc.

Reading general history titles may reveal references to relatives or places where their records are held. If you are lucky, a relative may have written a book, or been mentioned in a book. In general though you will get an understanding of the world in which your ancestor may have lived in, be it their job, their religious life, their local community, even their social or sporting life. For Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander descendants you will find aspects of traditional culture are covered usually in anthropology titles.

Please find on this page an indication of the types of books you may find.

Conflict and Invasion Period

Local Language Titles

North Queensland Commmunity Histories: Aboriginal Reserves and Missions

South Sea Islander Resources

Traditional Life, Archeological and Anthropological Resources

Employment and Labour Experiences

We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.Acknowledgement of Country