This guide has been written to assist Australian Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander family historians locate sources available to them at
There are also suggestions for resources located at other institutions and organisations either online or in physical form.
This guide does not provide a full listing of all titles available in our collection.
Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that resources located will contain names or images of deceased peoples. Additionally some historical materials may utilise language deemed offensive or contain information that may be confronting or upsetting.
James Cook University Library and Information Services are set up to provide support to our enrolled students, researchers and teaching staff. We also provide services to the general public.
James Cook University Library and Information Services Charter states we provide knowledge services to support the University’s high quality education and world-class research through innovative discovery and access to:
Information resources (electronic and print books and journals, databases, multimedia, archives, special collections, etc); and
Information services in the physical and virtual environments
Our Library Use Policy outlines in full detail the below basic facts relevant to the general public about community member access:
How can library staff assist you in your family history research?
Library staff will help:
JCU library is not resourced to provide dedicated family history research staff to do the research for guests. Family history researchers are encouraged to come prepared to spend some time searching our catalouge on their own. If you are unable to physically get to the library some searching can be conducted online from your home, and library staff can advise if the resources can be accessed by external clients through other facilities.
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.