There are many different resources that may be useful to you and your language program.
On this site we will list general resources. By that we mean resources which will be useful to people on lots of situations across the country.
If you are looking for resources specific to your Language the best place to look will be in the AIATSIS catalogues. Over the years people have provided lots of different types of resources to AIATSIS for archiving and storage. Some of these resources require special permissions to access them others are available to the public.
You can access AIATSIS' Australian Indigenous Languages Database through AUSTLANG. If you have comment on AUSTLANG please make sure you let AIATSIS know as it is only by getting feedback from community members like us that they can make the database better and easier to use.
There has been and will continue to be produced many different maps of Aboriginal Australia, whilst there is no current definitive map there are some maps which are widely used by Aboriginal people, for example:
Aboriginal Australia - published by AIATSIS
We will provide online references to these maps and others that we are aware of, please use the information provided from these websites and Our Languages for research and reference only. Inaccuracies may certainly exist.
In Australia there are two systems of placenames; there is the introduced system of placenames that Europeans developed to refer to places, and the network of Indigenous placenames that Indigenous people use. Colonists, explorers, settlers and surveyors through their renaming of the Australian landscape have often consulted Indigenous people and adopted Indigenous names. Indeed it has been estimated (albeit rather unreliably) in New South Wales that over 75% of the current names of settlements and geographical features, such as creeks and hills, are of Aboriginal origin (Kennedy and Kennedy 1989). Adapted from the Australian National Placenames Survey, Indigenous Langauges Fact Sheet, written by Claire Hill.
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