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Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages Brunswick, 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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PO Box 184 Brunswick Victoria 3056 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9600 3811

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Not open to the public.

Location

33 Saxon Street Brunswick 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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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.

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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 [email protected] 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

Book - Plains wandering : exploring the grassy plains of south-eastern Australia

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

An exploration of the flora and fauna of South-Eastern Australia.

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Colour photographs, b&w illustrations

Book - Historical records of Victoria : foundation series : volume 5 : surveyors? problems and achievements 1836-1839

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Reproductions of various transactions and reports dealing with the surveying history of Port Phillip, including letters, maps, illustrations, tables, and a detailed history of the surveying of Victoria.

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maps, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs, tables

Book - Peninsula plants : volume two : a field guide to indigenous plants of the Mornington Peninsula with notes on cultivation

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

One plant detailed per page, with clear illustrations and descriptions.

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b&w illustrations, glossary

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

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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

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

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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

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Maps, word lists

Book - Bush foods and biodiversity : Victorian Aboriginal bush food activities

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

This resource has been developed to assist teachers in bringing the topic of bushfoods and biodiversity into the curriculum. It is aimed at providing non-Aboriginal students (but does not preclude Aboriginal students from taking part in these activities) curriculum linked hands-on activities designed to introduce them to the world of Aboriginal bush foods.

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B&w illustrations, tables

Audio CD - Beyond the bars : highlights from 3CR's prison broadcasts : NAIDOC Week 2004

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

The Beyond the Bars broadcasts are the culmination of 3CR's out + blak on air project. The project was produced with the support from the City of Melbourne, the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement and the City of Yarra. This CD is an hour-long radio program of highlights from two live prison broadcasts. These broadcasts took place during NAIDOC Week 2004. The session includes interviews, songs, poems and messages from Indigenous inmates at Port Phillip Prison and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, Deer Park. The broadcasts were presented by 3CR broadcasters Lisa Bellear, Eleisha Jones, Gilla McGuinness, Johnny McGuinness, Ross Morgan, Lester Green, and Kutcha Edwards. Technical assistance by Greg Segal and Lotti Stein. Program coordination by Juliet Fox. Project coordination by Bree McKilligan.

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CD

Book - mu:nu:?ur ?Mununja? the butterfly : the first storybook in traditional Aboriginal language from south-eastern Australia

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

As told to nu:nu:wul Elder Don Bell, with bi-lingual text and commentary. Provides explanation of the aboriginal alphabet, story of Queen Nellie Hamilton and and language list of words used by Queen Nelly and her daughter.

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Illustrations, b&w photographs, word lists

Book - Aboriginal Australia & the Torres Strait Islands : guide to Indigenous Australia

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Comprehensive text with maps, coloured photos etc., dealing with all of Indigenous Australia. Provides historical references. Details of the Mabo finding.

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maps, b&w photographs, colour photographs, illustrations, word lists

Book - Through black eyes : a handbook of family violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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B&w illustrations, b&w photographs

Book - First Australians

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Seven leading Australian historians reveal the true stories of individuals - black and white - caught in an epic drama of friendship, revenge, loss and victory in Australia's most transformative period between 1788, when Governor Phillip met Bennelong, and 1993, after Koiko Mabo's legal challenge was decided.

Book - 'We are all of one blood' : a history of the Djabwurrung Aboriginal people of western Victoria, 1836-1901. Vol. 1

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Vol 1 A History of the Djabwurrung, 1836-1901

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maps, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs, colour illustrations

Book - Matariki : Aotearoa Pacific New Year : te whakarite kaupapa mo Matariki =? making plans for Matariki

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Uses the Matariki, a celebration of culture, language, spirit and people, to promote language learning.

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Colour photographs, colour illustrations

Book - Vanishing voices : the extinction of the world's languages

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Looking at vanishing languages from around the world and what can be done to prevent it.

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B&w illustrations, b&w photographs, maps

Book - The Aborigines of Victoria : volume 1 : with notes relating to the habits of the natives of other parts of Australia and Tasmania : compiled from various sources for the Government of Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Historical work by the Secretary of the Board for the Protection of the Aborigines. (c.1876) He describes his approach to his work, the collection of language information, culture and heritage, anatomical data, drawings of the traditional lifestyles and encounters with the people. Includes interesting observations on the works of William Thomas, Alfred W, Howitt, Philip Chaney, Albert A.C. La Souef, John Moore Davis and Rev. William Ridley.

Book - Native names

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Journal of handwritten notes from various 19th-century suveyors? sources. The sources are numbered and indicated in contents. Includes definitions of most placenames, but most languages not identified. * Marked ?Hem 164.?

Book - Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Looks at the culture and history of some of the Northern Territory Aboriginal groups.

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colour photographs, b&w photographs, illustrations, maps, tables

Periodical - Aboriginal history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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b&w photographs, graphs, maps

Book - Historical records of Victoria : foundation series : volume 2B : Aborigines and protectors 1838-1839

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Reproductions of various transactions and reports relating to Aboriginal people in Port Phillip in the period 1838-39. Includes studies of the establishment of an Aboriginal Protectorate, the Native Police, missions, and includes numerous reports by various protectors about events in their districts and government policy towards Aboriginal people.

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b&w illustrations, b&w photographs, tables

Book - Ngayi nhagudja = I see (sea creatures)

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Reader with children's illustrations and bi-lingual text.

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Illustrations

Book - Bringing them home : National Inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander children from their families

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

A tribute to the strengths and struggles of many thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by forcible removal. It acknowledges the hardship they endured and the sacrifices they made. Dedicated to those who found the strength to tell their stories to the Inquiry and to the generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people separated from their families and communities. Includes stories and recommendations.

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maps, b&w photographs, tables

Book - Australian Indigenous guide to philanthropy

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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

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colour photographs, b&w photographs

Book - Djab Wurrung : Living Museum of the West : 10/07/1996

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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word lists, tables

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

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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.

DVD - Urban clan : a portrait of the Page brothers and the Bangarra Dance Theatre

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

A documentary portrait of three brothers who together formed the creative core of the Bangarra Dance Theatre. The essence of the Page brothers' story captures an Aboriginal 'dreaming' of three spirits, a storyteller, a song man and a dancer, who through their collective art, build bridges within their own culture and between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

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DVD

DVD with Booklet - Cape treasures : children from Cape York share stories : Injinoo, Lockhart River, Pormpuraaw, Wujal Wujal

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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DVD

Book - List of holdings

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Lists the holdings of the Public Record Office Victoria.

Book - Birds 6 : of Victoria : rare species

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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Colour illustrations, maps, colour photographs

DVD - Your vote matters : understanding the federal electoral system

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

Information on why we vote, how to register to vote and what to do with the ballot papers. It also explains the special arrangements for absent, mobile an dearly voting. Includes tracks in 5 languages as well as English.

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

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Brunswick

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