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Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages Rippleside, 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.

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2 St David Street Rippleside Victoria 3215 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9600 3811

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Collection available by appointment only.

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Free entry.

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2 St David Street Rippleside 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.

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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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972 items

972 items

DVD - Talking Language with Ernie Dingo

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

In this six-part series, Ernie Dingo explores the revival, maintenance and creation of languages which are in a constant state of change. He reveals the complex balance between language and relationship to country, and discovers how this balance has been affected since European colonisation. Ernie asks an important question of the Elders he meets - What is the future of the Aboriginal language spoken in their community?

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DVD

CD with Book - Bartja and Mayila : Yurri's manung : Yurri's birthday

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Three stories in the Yarn Strong Sista series of books read by Yorta Yorta elder Aunty Zeta Thomson.

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CD

Periodical - Aboriginal history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

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b&w photographs, maps, reproductions of old materials

Journal - Australian journal of linguistics

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Book - The journals of George Augustus Robinson, Chief Protector, Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate : volume five : 25 October 1845 - 9 June 1849

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

The journals of George Augustus Robinson (1788-1866), the Chief Protector of Aborigines of Port Phillip from 1839- March 1850 are a rich source of historical and ethnohistorical information. His voluminous private papers and journals were acquired by the Mitchell Library in NSW in 1939. The publications of Robinson's journals is an important addition to the already published material, for they offer insights into the state of relations between Aboriginal people and Europeans in the districts visited.

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document reproductions, b&w illustrations

Book - Australian legends : tales handed down from the remotest times by the autocthonous inhabitants of our land

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Different text to the original edition. Does not include stories of White Pioneers, but concentrates on Creation Stories, flora and fauna, etc.

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B&w illustrations, b&w photographs

Book - Ecological issues in Language revival

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Offers notes in language revival looking at interrelationships and connectedness in all area of language use.

Book - The meeting of two traditions : Aboriginal studies in the university, a Murri perspective

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

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b&w photographs

Book - South Australian curriculum, standards and accountability framework : the required elements

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

South Australian Education Department Curriculum planning document.

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tables, wall charts

Conference proceedings - Teaching Indigenous languages

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Teaching Indigenous Languages is a compilation of papers presented at the Fourth Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium sponsored by Northern Arizona University's Center for Excellence in Education and Dept. of Modern Languages on May 1-3, 1997 at the University's du Bois Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona

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maps, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs, games

Book - You are what you make yourself to be : the story of a Victorian Aboriginal family 1842-1980

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

The story of the Pepper Family and their life on the Mission at Lake Tyers. This strong family have recounted their tales and the history of the area and the lives and control of Aboriginal people.

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

Book - National statement for languages education in Australian schools : national plan for languages education in Australian schools 2005-2008

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Part 1 National Statement for Languages Education in Australian Schools - purpose and nature of languages education, Part 2, National Plan for Languages Education in Australian Schools 2005-2008.

Book - Samples of work created and used by Lynne Dent in the teaching of traditional language

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

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b&w illustrations, word lists

Book - The Aborigines of south-eastern Australia : as they were

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Contents: p.1-3; Origins, arrival in Australia; p.4-9; How they lived - camp sites, dating (including carbon dating); p.10-27; Physical appearance, skin colour, hair, clothing, body ornaments, cicatrization; exchange system, distribution of food, marriage &? sexual relations; the tribe - structure, relationship to land, territory, gives map showing locations of tribes, New South Wales, Victoria &? eastern South Australia, leadership, government, division of labour, status of women, estimated population at white settlement, density of population (Victoria); p.28-31; Language - names &? naming, reproduces Wembawemba vocabulary, notes use of secret languages, gives 12 rules for pronounciation; p.32-53; Religion, spirit beliefs, totemism, moieties, phratries, marriage rules; mythology, gives eaglehawk &? crow myth from Lake Victoria &? other myths illustrating origins of fire &? natural rock formations, mythical beasts (Bunyip, Mindie), stellar beliefs; magic, medicine men, powers, native remedies for sickness, describes ceremony held in Melbourne, 1847 to avert evil, sorcery, pointing bone, love magic, rain makers; messengers, appearance, etiquette, message sticks; p.54-71; Rock art, motifs, colours, decorative art, engraving of utensils, rock engravings, manufacture &? use of pigments, engraving techniques; trade system, objects bartered, meeting places for trade (Victoria), map shows possible routes (south east Australia); corroborees, purpose, body ornaments &? decorations, musical instruments; p.72-93; Ceremonial life, marriage, punishment for infidelity, birth, childhood, games &? amusements, initiation, etiquette of visiting tribes, details of ceremony, womens role, earth figures &? ground designs, bull roarers, female puberty ceremonies; p.94-133; Shelters, fire making, cooking, construction of canoes, wooden implements, use of reeds, animal skins &? sinews, shells; stone tools, cylindro conical stones, scrapers, knives &? microliths; hunting weapons, spear, other methods pits, nets; fishing methods &? spears, traps; food sharing, womens responsibilities for collecting, digging stick, cooking methods, insect foods, plant foods, water resources; manufacture &? use of spears, spear throwers, shields, clubs, boomerangs; inter- &? intratribal fighting; p.134-147; Death, disposal of body - eating of the dead, burial, cremation, platform exposure, dendroglyphs (N.S.W.), Aboriginal burial grounds (Darling &? Murray Rivers), mourning, widowhood, kopi caps (N.S.W.), causes of death, inquest ceremonies, revenge expedition, after death beliefs; p.148-157; The end of the tribes white settlement &? its impact on Aboriginal life, friction between natives &? settlers, establishment of Protectorates; copiously illustrated throughout.

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maps, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs

Book - Barna 2

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Language reader.

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Colour photographs, word lists, CD

Conference proceedings - Endangered languages and their literatures : proceedings of the Sixth FEL Conference, Antigua, Guatemala, 8-10 August 2002

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Main headings: Strategies and resources; Orthographies; Proverbs, metaphor and poetics; Literatures and education; Case studies; Oral literatures: Collection and Diffusion; Mayan literature

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Maps, tables, word lists

Book - Mammals of Victoria : distribution, ecology and conservation

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Arranged in family (type) groups with photos and detailed descriptions of each mammal.

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Maps, colour photographs, b&w photographs, graphs

Book - The Todd journal 1835 : Andrew alias William Todd (John Batman?s recorder) and his Indented Head journal 1835

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Reproduction of the 1835 journal of Andrew/William Todd, recorder and assistant to John Batman, with numerous contemporary illustrations of early settlements and landscapes. Notes on the customs and many incidents with Victorian and Tasmanian Aborigines.

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maps, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs

Kit - Nidja nganyang moyran

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Language reader.

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Colour illustrations, photographs, language cards, CD

Book - Aboriginal elders' voices : stories of the "tide of history" : Victorian Indigenous elders' life stories &? oral histories

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

This book is a collection of Victorian Indigenous Elders' life stories and oral histories. The Elders share their stories in an attempt to ensure that both sides of Australia's history are finally heard. These stories tell of cultural resistance on missions, of defying assimilation laws, of forever moving around to save children from the welfare. They document the development of both fringe and urban communities and work in the Aboriginal rights movement. They clarify the ways in which these experiences have affected the individual authors along with the indigenous population in general. Also included in the book is a brief history and analysis of the legislation, policies, attitudes and strategies that have affected the lives of the authors and their families since colonisation. This aspect provides an historical perspective, encouraging a deeper understanding of the Elders' stories. Reconciliation can only eventuate with an understanding gained from hearing and including the voices of Indigenous Australians. Contents: The writing team Indigenous elders: keepers of knowledge; custodians of land and culture Aboriginal lands Missions and reserves Growing up running from the welfare /? Aunty Olive Jackson Respecting our Elders /? Aunty Lola James If your mother didn't tell you, then your grandmother did! /? Uncles Les Stewart Don't dwell on trouble /? Aunty Audrey Critch There are my people /? Aunty Gwen Nelson We were all cousins, more or less /? Aunty Iris Lovett-Gardiner Aboriginality is about culture, not colour /? Aunty Dianne Phillips Take up the opportunities we struggled to make /? Aunty Frances Gallagher Home /? Aunty Eileen Alberts We were supposed to forget our Aboriginality /? Aunty Gwen Garoni Not enough heart to say sorry? /? Uncle Brian Kennewell-Taylor Learning from indigenous elders: Keeping the traditions, keeping the culture strong; Since time immemorial; Invasion: the tide ran red; The flood of legislation; Stolen children; Cultural resistance: holding on to children traditions and land; Organised resistance: a movement is born; The 1950s: community resistance to race laws; The price of assimilation; The Aboriginal rights movement; After the flood: self-determination; Turning the tide Bibliography Appendix. Cultural custodianship: developing an indigenous methodology.

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maps, colour illustrations, b&w photographs

Book with CD - Many voices : reflections on experiences of Indigenous child separation

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

This book bring together voices of children who were separated from their families, people who cared for them, families who took them into their homes and Government officers who carried out official directions. Contents of CD: Track 1. Jim Hart, b.1927, Queensland, separated from family as a child. See ch. 5. Interviewer: David Woodgate (3m 02s) track 2. Clara Coulthard, b.1929, South Australia, separated from family as a child. See ch. 3. Interviewer: Sue Anderson (4m 06s) track 3. John Moriarty, AM, b.1938, New South Wales, South Australia, Northern Territory, separated from family as a child. See ch. 4. Interviewer: Frank Heimans (4m 12s) track 4. Sandra Hill, b.1951, Western Australia, separated from family as a child. See ch. 11. Interviewer: John Bannister (4m 11s) track 5. Trevor Deshong, b.1965, Queensland, separated from family as a child. See ch .6. Interviewer: Colleen Hattersley (4m 45s) track 6. Julie Wilson, b.1958, New South Wales, adopted as an infant. See ch. 6. Interviewer: Frank Heimans (4m 04s) track 7. Dorothy Pyatt, b.1918, South Australia, police officer in remote South Australia, 1950s and 1960s. See ch. 8. Interviewer: Karen George (4m 18s) track 8. Margaret Somerville, MBE, b.1912, New South Wales, Northern Territory, missionary and cottage mother. See ch. 7. Interviewer: Frank Heimans (3m 15s) track 9. Reg Worthy, OAM, b.1920, Queensland, Northern Territory, Victoria, welfare officer, senior administrator, Departmental Head. See ch. 8. Interviewer: Barbara Erskine (4m 55s)D?.

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b&w photographs, b&w illustrations, CD

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

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

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

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Maps, word lists

Book - Letters from Victorian pioneers : being a series of papers on the early occupation of the colony, the Aborigines, etc. : addressed by Victorian pioneers to His Excellency Charles Joseph La Trobe Esq., Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony of Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Original edition of the letters from pioneering families in the Colony iof Port Phillip. It looks at their daily lives and hardships. It includes first hand reports of William Buckley?s role with the Aboriginal people after he returned to White society.

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maps, b&w illustrations

Book - Moreland post-contact Aboriginal heritage study

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

This study aims to identify Aboriginal heritage sites and landscape associations in the Moreland municipality that date from the pre-contact period through to the early contact period when Europeans settled in and around the area, to the present day.

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maps, colour photographs, b&w photographs, tables

Book - The library of Tom Austen Brown on the Australian Aborigines : to be sold by auction, Melbourne 25-26 June 2002

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

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colour illustrations, colour photographs, b&w photographs

Book - The life and adventures of William Buckley

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Early (1852) biography of William Buckley, with introduction and notes by Roland Schicht (1996).

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maps, b&w illustrations, colour illustrations

Book - Australian Aborigines : the languages and customs of several tribes of Aborigines in the western district of Victoria, Australia

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

A comprehensive vocabulary of Western District languages Djab Wurrung, Peek Woorong and Dhauwurd Wurrung. Includes a vocabulary of birds and reptiles, and relationship terms for each language.

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word lists, b&w photographs

DVD - Blaktraks : short films

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

During the Blaktraks Arts Project (Feb-April 2011), young participants created hip-hop songs and other soundtracks, stencil art, digital photographs and video. The result is a bunch of deadly short films that tell their stories - Check them out!

Book - A grammar and dictionary of Gathang : the language of the Birrbay, Guringay and Warrimay

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

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Maps, b&w photographs, word lists

Book - The land is a map : placenames of Indigenous origin in Australia

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Place names often evoke important information about features of the environment and their place in Indigenous knowledge. On the other hand, place names given by European settlers are largely arbitrary.

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