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Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages Fitzroy, Victoria

VACL is the peak Indigenous body for Victorian Aboriginal Languages, created to develop partnerships with, and provide resources and information to, government and non-government and community organisations. The VACL Library is a repository for specialist language materials for Indigenous communities. It also houses a range of media including books, audio-visual materials, manuscripts and other items in print and electronic form.

Contact Information

location
70 Hanover Street Fitzroy Victoria (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9600 3811
Contact

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm (closed Public Holidays) Appointment required. Please telephone to arrange a visit.

Entry Fee

Free

Location

70 Hanover Street Fitzroy Victoria

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The VACL Library is a unique and highly significant resource. It features the most complete holding of materials on Victorian Aboriginal languages in existence, and is the only place prioritising Community as well as historical and linguistic materials. To achieve VACL’s aim of providing and maintaining a central resource for Victorian Indigenous languages to benefit local Aboriginal communities and individuals of Victorian Aboriginal descent, the Library’s focus is on Aboriginal languages in Victoria. However, the collection extends to resources on interstate Indigenous languages, as well as covering issues of endangered languages and language reclamation around the world. Although its focus remains on Aboriginal languages of Victoria, the Library's specialisation encompasses a diverse range of subject areas. The collection contains resources covering, but not restricted to, the subjects of linguistics, history, sociology, education and botany.

Take Down Notice for the VACL Collection.

Please contact us in the event that you are the owner of the copyright or related rights in any of the material on this website, or in a publication or broadcast to which VACL has provided material from its collections, and you believe that the material may be subject to a third party ownership or another legal claim,or you believe that use of this material infringes your intellectual property or any other rights.
We will withdraw the material from our website upon receipt of your written objection and our initial verification of your complaint, while the matter is investigated. Your objection will be acknowledged within seven working days of receipt.

For any other copyright queries, please contact us on vacl@vaclang.org.au

Elizabeth Swan 5 July 2016 5:07 PM

Hi I'm an Aboriginal teacher who is teaching Aboriginal Gamilaroi language in a high school years 7 and 8. I have very limited resources and wondering if there is anything on our language that I may be able to borrow or purchase .

Jenny Gibson 6 July 2016 11:31 AM

Dear Elizabeth, thank you very much for contacting us. Although we do have resources relating to Gamilaroi Language, items in our collection are not for sale or loan. I'm wondering where you are located. If we know your region, we might be able to point you to more local organisations that could help you and your students. If you're in or ever around Melbourne, we would love you to visit. If you have any questions about this, please don't hesitate to contact us on (03) 9600 3811 or info@vaclang.org.au. Thanks again for your message, Kind Regards, Jenny Gibson

Patricia Holt 2 May 2017 8:14 AM

thank you for the website. I would like to know how you would name the original people of the Creswick, Vic. area. I have seen mention of Wemba Wemba and Dja Dja Warrung, also Kulin nation (in your website for the dictionary of Wathawoorrong. Thank you

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Book - Introducing Wiradjuri sentences

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

B&w illustrations, b&w photographs, word lists

Kit - Nidja nganyang maambart

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Language reader.

Inscriptions & Markings

Colour illustrations, photographs, language cards, CD

Journal - Language and history : special issue on 19th and 20th century studies of Pacific Languages

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

William B McGregor: Guest Editorial Wafer, Jim and Carey, Hilary M: Waiting for Biraban: Lancelot Threlkeld and the " in Australian Missionary LinguisticsChibcha Phenomenon" Koch, Harold: G A Robinson and the Documentation of Languages of South-Eastern New South Wales Clark, Ross: On the Margins of Pacific Linguistics: P A Lanyion-Orgill Marcondes, Danilo: Rebeca Barriga Villanueva and Pedro Martin Butragueno, eds Historia Sociolinguisticaq de Mexico

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, word lists

Book - Yilpanha wiya yamathi tjapirnku =? why the goanna and the lizard are no longer friends today : the Dreamtime story of the goanna and the lizard

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Creation story.

Inscriptions & Markings

word lists, colour illustrations, CD-ROM

Book - The Aboriginal word book

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

word lists

Book - Names on the Omeo Highway between Bairnsdale and Omeo : their origins, meanings and history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

An account of the origins and histories of local names between Bairnsdale and Omeo.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs

Book - The journey cycles of the Boonwurrung: stories with Boonwurrung language

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

maps

Journal - Australian journal of linguistics

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Book - Historical records of Victoria : foundation series : volume 2A : the Aborigines of Port Phillip 1835-1839

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Reproductions of various transactions and reports dealing with Aboriginal people in Port Phillip in the period 1835-39, beginning with some of the earliest reports and tracing the evolution of government interaction and policy towards Aborigines in the 19th century. Covers mission work, government reports, the native police, conflicts with squatters, with numerous illustrations and original reports. Contents: Part I, Evolution of British policy Ch. 1. Proposals to appoint protectors of aborigines Ch. 2. Racial conflict in the year of official settlement at Port Phillip Ch. 3. House of Commons Select Committee on Aborigines Part II, The Wesleyan Mission at Buntingdale Ch. 4. Establishment and early operations of the Wesleyan mission Part III, The Government acts Ch. 5. Establishing the first government mission 1835-7 Ch. 6. Food and clothing for the Aborigines Ch. 7. Punishment of Aborigines found drunk, 1836-8 Ch. 8. Operations of the government mission, November 1837 to March 1839 Ch. 9. First attempt to form a native police corps Part IV, Growing conflict with squatters, 1837-8 Ch. 10. The disappearance of Gellibrand and Hesse Ch. 11. Attacks in the Western District Ch. 12. Attacks on the overland routes to Port Phillip Ch. 13. Evolution of policy in Sydney, 1838.

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b&w illustrations, b&w photographs, tables, document reproductions

Periodical - Victorian historical journal : Australia's first air wreck

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

b&w illustrations, b&w photographs, graphs, tables

Book - Language resources : a report to the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages for the Wurundjeri Land Tribe Compensation and Cultural Heritage Council Inc.

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Language resources for a number of Victorian Indigenous languages.

Book - Nharangga dhura midji =? Narungga family terms

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Provides a significant step in the ongoing survival of the Narungga language and provides for future generations the opportunity to have a greater understanding of identity and culture. Traditional family terms reclaimed with explanatory diagrams.

Inscriptions & Markings

B&w illustrations, family tree templates

Book - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections in overseas museums

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

b&w illustrations

Book - Aboriginal perspectives

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

The kit is designed for the general public, teachers and students, to give an understanding of Australian Indigenous people and culture and to break down stereotypes that are common in the school system and the wider community. The information presented is about the cultural, spiritual, economic and religious aspects of pre-contact societies. The impact of invasion on traditional societies and the post-colonial history of Australian Indigenous people is explored.

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Maps, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs, colour photographs

Book - Bringing our Languages home : language revitalization for families

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Contents: I Starting from Zero 1.Miami Myaamiaataweenki Oowaaha: `Miami Spoken Here' /? Jarrid Baldwin 2.Wampanoag How Did This Happen to my Language? /? Jessie Little Doe Baird pt. II Learning from the Elders 3.Karuk Karuk Language and the Albers Basket /? Elaina (Supahan) Albers 4.Yuchi Family Language without a Language Family /? Renee T. Grounds pt. III Families and Communities Working Together 5.Mohawk Our Kanien'keha Language /? Theodore Peters 6.Maori My Language Story /? Hana O'Regan 7.Hawaiian E Paepae Hou 'Ia Ka Pohaku: Reset the Stones of the Hawaiian House Platform /? Kauanoe Kamana 8.Anishinaabemowin Language, Family, and Community /? Margaret Noori 9.Irish Belfast's Neo-Gaeltacht /? Aodan Mac Poilin pt. IV Variations on a Theme 10.Kypriaka Making Choices, Enriching Life /? Aliosha Bielenberg Pittaka 11.Warlpiri About Dad /? Ezra Hale Contents note continued: pt. V Family Language-Learning Programs 12.Kawaiisu The Kawaiisu Language at Home Program /? Julie Turner 13.Scottish Gaelic Taic/?CNSA and Scottish Gaelic /? Finlay M. Macleoid Conclusion 14.Bringing Your Language into Your Own Home /? Leanne Hinton.

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B&w illustrations, b&w photographs, word lists

Book - The handbook of Australian languages. Vol.5, Grammatical sketches of Bunuba, Ndje?bbana and Kugu Nganhcara

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, word lists

Book - A handbook of Aboriginal languages of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Provides a survey of the Indigenous languages of NSW and the ACT and word-lists for 42 distinct language varieties. With a chapter on contact languages by Jean Harkins

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, word lists

Book - Handbook for Aboriginal and Islander history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Book - Historical records of Victoria : foundation series : volume 8 : cumulative indexes

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

An index to the series ?Historical Records of Victoria,? covering the 7 previous volumes.

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b&w illustrations

Thesis - Ganai : a study of the Aboriginal languages of Gippsland based on 19th century materials

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Honours thesis in linguistics (unpublished) at Monash University. Detailed studies of Gippsland languages (Ganai) including maps, extensive discussion of historical sources, and a fairly detailed grammatical study of Ganai. Includes wordlists organised by areas of meaning.

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Maps, word lists

Book - Names of East Gippsland : their origins, meanings and history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Detailed examination of the origins of local names from Mallacoota to Marlo and from Wingan Inlet to Willis. Includes explanations of the origins of major towns and their features.

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Maps, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs

Book - Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations and human rights

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Introduction: The significance of international law /? Sarah Pritchard.-- Linking international standards with contemporary concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples /? Mick Dodson.-- The UN Charter-based human rights system: The UN Charter-based human rights system: an overview /? Garth Nettheim.-- Working Group on Indigenous Populations: mandate, standard-setting activities and future perspectives /? Sarah Pritchard.-- The UN treaty-based human rights system and individual complaints: The UN treaty-based human rights system: an overview /? Hilary Charlesworth.-- Individual complaints: an overview and admissibility requirements /? Hilary Charlesworth.-- Individual complaints: historical perspectives and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights /? Philip Alston.-- Individual communications under the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Elizabeth Evatt.-- Individual communications: the Convention against Torture and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination /? Michael O'Flaherty.-- The UN treaty-based human rights system and periodic reporting: Periodic reporting: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child /? Philip Alston.-- Periodic reporting: the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women /? Elizabeth Evatt .-- The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: non-governmental input and the early warning and urgent procedure /? Michael O'Flaherty.-- Indigenous peoples and some relevant human rights standards: Substantive provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination /? Michael O'Flaherty.-- The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Indigenous peoples /? Sarah Pritchard.

Book - Yarnin up : Keerray Woorroong

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Words and phrases in Keerray Woorroong.

Inscriptions & Markings

maps, word lists, colour illustrations

Audio CD - Wemba Wemba songs, stories and language elicitation

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Stan Day sings in Wemba Wemba. Songs by his grandfather, Bob Taylor, from Deniliquin and Jack Brown. Story with Nancy Egan. One CD and one sheet of paper recording notes.

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CD, recording notes

Book - Imagining themselves, imagining their futures : Indigenous Australian students completing senior secondary education

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

tables, graphs

Book with CD - Kaurna alphabet book : with an introduction to the Kaurna language

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, colour photographs, word lists, CD

Book - Australian place names

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Alphabetical listing of some place names across Australia, Includes Aboriginal and European names with a good description of the place and origin of the name.

Book - The Bunganditj (Buwandik) language of the Mount Gambier Region

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Contains word lists, pronouncation guides, English translation, and looks at dialects and neighbouring languages.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, b&w photographs, word lists

Book - Kooboro and friends

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

A book of stories by children, created from three workshops run in September 2008.

Inscriptions & Markings

Photographs, illustrations

Book with CD - Djerap 1

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Language reader.

Inscriptions & Markings

Colour photographs, maps, word lists

Book - The boomerang information book

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Information about boomerangs with illustrations.

Inscriptions & Markings

b&w illustrations

Book - Koorie studies : classroom activities together : teachers resource book 2

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Resource book developed by Aboriginal woman in consultation with local Kurnai community of Gippsland, Victoria; includes advice on story telling, involving community and parents, Koorie parents view of schooling , how Koories learn, strategies and activities for classroom, shows symbols used in art, making animal tracks, Kurnai stories include the first man and woman, the Southern Cross and the moon, the talking dog, the echidna, robin redbreast, Tidda-lick the frog, origin of fire, Kur-bo-roo the koala bear, how the sun was made; artwork in planning lessons is copyright free.

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b&w illustrations, games, classroom activities

Book - Research information regarding Hopping Kitty : Orbost area : Ganai

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Book - Djinadara we Noorn Audio CD (Levels 1-4)

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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CD

Book - Wita-wita-kurlu

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

B&w photographs

Book - Improving understanding of Aboriginal literacy : factors in text comprehension

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

The study reported in this document explored the social and cultural knowledge that Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal educators bring to the task of comprehending oral narratives produced by Aboriginal children.

Periodical - Aboriginal history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

b&w photographs, musical notation, word lists

Audio CD - Lavalla Catholic College Music Department 2010 : featuring Gunnai Dreaming

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

CD

Journal - Language documentation and description, Vol. 5

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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B&w photographs, graphs, word lists, screen shots

Book - We can like research -- in Koori hands : a community report on Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit's research workshops in 2007

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

B&w photographs

Book - Flora of Melbourne : a guide to the indigenous plants of the greater Melbourne area

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Comprehensive book giving illustration of plants and very specific, detailed descriptions.

Inscriptions & Markings

Colour photographs, illustrations, maps

Book - Australian Indigenous guide to philanthropy

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

A guide to accessing philanthropic trusts and foundations, for Indigenous organisations and communities.

Inscriptions & Markings

colour photographs, b&w photographs

Book - Aboriginal perspectives on experience and learning : the role of language in Aboriginal education

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

The content moves from the history of Aboriginal people to knowledge and learning skills to arranging a classroom program.

Book - Peetyawan weeyn : a guide to Language revival planning

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Provides a new framework for Aboriginal language reclamation work; it aims to support communities in managing their own language revival process. Chapter headings: Starting Out, Sounds and Words, Sentences and Grammar, Developing the Language, Major Resources, Consolidating and Advanced Language Revival.

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Colour photographs, word lists, screen shots

Book with CD-ROM - The Thomas papers in the Mitchell Library : a comprehensive index

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Features transcriptions by Byrt and Morey. Contains linguistic data relating to the Language of the Melbourne area.

Inscriptions & Markings

CD-ROM

Book - The ballad of Bungil Bottle : A.W. Howitt's exploration of the Mitchell River by canoe in 1875

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

maps, diagrams, b&w photographs

Audio CD - Bartja and Mayila; Yurri's Birthday; Yurri's Manung

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Bartja and Mayila, Yurri's Manung and Yurri's Birthday. Author Sue Atkinson (Yorta Yorta). Recorded by Aunty Zeta Thomson a Yorta Yorta Elder.

Book - How the Murray River was made : a Bangerang story

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

A Bangerang story told by Irene Thomas.

Inscriptions & Markings

maps, photographs, illustrations, CD

Book - Names of the Victorian Alps : their origins, meanings and history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Gives a comprehensive account of the origins of local names in the area. Anecdotes of interesting pieces of history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs

Book - Name list: residents on Warangesda Mission : 1887-1896

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Comprehensive list of names from the Warangesda Mission from 1887-1896. Includes index references to each person.