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Queensland Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Family History Guide

Acknowledgement of Country

At James Cook University, we acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which our campuses and study centres are located and where we conduct our business. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past, present and future. JCU is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to JCU and society.

The Traditional Owners for each campus are:

Cairns: Djabugay, Yirrganydji, & Gimuy Yidinji
Townsville: Bindal & Wulgurukaba
Mackay: Yuibera
Mount Isa: Kalkadoon
Thursday Island: Kaurareg

About this guide

This guide has been designed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people researching family history in Queensland. It provides a list of services, archives and physical collections, digital collections and resources, and advice, that family historians can use as a starting point in their research. 

Please be aware the library does not offer dedicated research services, but can show you how to search for items in our collection and offer advice about other ways to access resources.


Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and other First Nations Peoples, should be aware that content in this Library Guide may contain resources, links, and references, of deceased people, sacred or secret material, and inappropriate terminology or offensive language, that may cause distress to some people. 

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

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