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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.

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70 Hanover Street Fitzroy Victoria (map)
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+61 (03) 9600 3811
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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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Book - Journey to Aboriginal Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Looks at the Aboriginal community from the time of white contact, across many parts of Victoria. Chap.1; Melbourne - early missions, camp of Native Police, corroboree trees, canoe trees, grave &? headstone of Derrimut; quarries at Keilor, excavation sites at Green Gully &? Keilor; quarry at Mt. William, notes on inheritance of quarries Coranderrk settlement - Barraks grave, notes on his life; Chap.2; Geelong - Yawangi group of the Wothowurong tribe, camping grounds in area quarries; Notes on William Buckley, Gellibrand (a notable Aboriginal), graves in the Western Cemetery; Chap.3; Colac - war between Colac &? Geelong tribes; Mission at Birregurra, reason for failure of Buntingdale Mission; brass plate to Coc-coc-coine; reserve at Elliminyt, native ovens, camp sites, initiation site &? ritual; quarry sites, axegrinding factory, rock pecking &? engraving; dried hand &? 3 Aboriginal skulls found; Chap.4; The south-west coast - middens, camp sites notes on Framlingham Stn., fish traps at Tyrendarra; Chap.5; The far west - massacres of Aborigines near Casterton; camp sites, oven mounds; the first cricket team formed; Aboriginal cemetery; Chap.6; Hamilton - camps; Mount Rouse Station, axegrinding grooves at Nareeb Nareeb, shelters described, fish traps, massacre at Lake Condah; mission; canoes; Chap.7; Camperdown - legend about Lake Bullen Merri; obelisk erected in memory of Aborigines of district especially chief Wombeetch Puyuun; Jarcoort tribe; fish weirs, camps, intertribal fights between Booluc-burrers, Jarcoorts &? Ellengermote groups; bartering place at Mount Noorat; articles traded, legend of Flat-Top Hill; Chap.8; Ballarat - camp at Lake Wendouree; White Stone Lagoon; legends concerning Mt. Buninyong &? waterfalls at Lal-lal; camp sites; pygmy-type implements near Meredith, quarry at Glue Pot Rocks near Durdidwarrah; brass plate of King Billy; Chap.9; Ararat - Tjapwurong territory; camp sites, quarries, shield &? canoe trees; Bunyip belief at Lake Buninjon of Muk-jarawaint &? Pirtkopen-noot tribes, gives legend; stone implements; mill stones; fish weirs; stone arrangement near Lake Wongan; ground drawing of a bunyip, paintings in rock shelter near Mt. Langi Ghiran; Chap.10; Maryborough - camps, oven mounds, rock wells, stone arrangement at Carisbrook; camp sites at Mt. Franklin; Chap.11; Charlton - belief in Mindye (snake); canoe trees, ovens, camp sites, water holes, rock wells, stone implements; method of rainmaking; Chap.12; Horsham-Stawell, The Wimmera - Wotjobaluk land; camps, fish traps at Toolondo; Black Range cave paintings, Flat Rock shelters (detailed account of these paintings); Bunjils Cave; Chap.13; Horsham-Stawell, The Mallee - camp sites, implements; Ebenezer Mission, Willie Wimmera taken to England by Rev. Chase to become a missionary, died in England; Chap.14; The Murray River, Mildura Swan Hill - Battle of the Rufus; ceremonial ground, Lake Gol Gol, canoe &? shield trees; stone implements; camp sites, fire place arrangements; fish traps; oven mounds; Chap.15; The Murray River, Swan Hill-Echuca - legend about Lake Boga; camps, oven mounds, the Cohuna skull, Kow Swamp, method of burial; Chap.16; Shepparton ovens; brass plates of King Paddy of Kotupna &? King Tattambo of Mulka Stn., native well, camps; Chap.17; Wangaratta -camps, quarry, rock holes, the Faithful massacre; grinding rocks at Earlston; Chap.18; The High Plains - Ya-itma-thang; camps, Bogong moth feasts, native paths for trade &? intertribal fights, articles traded; painted shelters; Koetong Ck. Valley, near Mt. Pilot &? near Barwidgee Ck.; Chap.19; Dandenong - water holes, list of 8 holes in Beaumaris - Black Rock area; camps, middens, stone implements (microliths), legend of Angels Cave, stone axes, Native Police Force, Narre Narre Warren Station, legend about rocks on Bald Hill, kangaroo totemic site; Chap.20; Wonthaggi- Yarram - natives visit Phillip Is., murder of William Cook and Yankee by five Tasmanians (listed as Bon Small Boy, Jack Napoleon Timninaparewa, Fanny Waterpoordeyer, Matilda Nattopolenimma and Truganini) near Cape Patterson, men; camp sites, middens, legend of White Rock; Chap.21; Sale - Bairnsdale, The Lakes Country middens, camps; legend at Wulrunjeri; story of a white woman supposedly living with with the Tutangolung tribe, efforts made to prove story; canoe trees; Chap.22; Sale-Bairnsdale, The Inland Braiakolung tribe, camps, implements, canoe &? shield trees; Ramahyuck Mission, grinding rocks, fights with Omeo tribe; native tracks, death through enemy magic - procedure, belief in ghosts; Chap.23; Lakes Entrance and the Country to the east - Kroatungolung people, legend of Kalimna Valley; camps, stones of Nargun, bunyip, devils at Lake Tyers, excavation at Buchan, carbon dates; middens, ochre at Cape Conrad, stone fish-hook file at Thurra River; note on Bidwel tribe; Each chapter gives historical details, early contacts, relationships with settlers; Aboriginal place names and detailed description of sites and geographical features.

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Book - Daughter of two worlds

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

The biography of a Victorian Koori woman who traced her family lineage back to the first contact between Indigenous Victorians and the founder of Melbourne. Daughter of Two Worlds by Dawn Lee begins with a tragic affair between Eliza Batman, the wife of Melbourne pioneer John Batman, and William Willoughby, Batman's right-hand man and a pillar of Melbourne's early Wesleyan church. The book also unearths the remarkable truth behind a family legend that Dawn Lee's great grandfather was a mysterious white English lord who met her great grandmother, Susannah, a full tribal Gunditjmara woman.

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maps, b&w photographs

Book - Djamaramee dhippee = the small bird

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Short story for children in Butchulla language translated by Jeanie Bell and Joyce Bonner.

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illustrations, word lists

Book - Double power : English literacy and Indigenous education

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

The book includes case studies of a number of situations in different circumstances and locations. All the articles are written by practitioners with experience in the field and all of them document actual practice.

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b&w illustrations, b&w photographs, diagrams, graphs

Book - Indigenous trees and shrubs of the west Port Phillip region

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

A series of information sheets on the west Port Phillip region, divided into zones, giving a guide to the tree and shrub species that occurred in those areas and where in the landscape they occurred.

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

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

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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b&w illustrations, word lists

Book - Walalbai nalwar = small crab

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Short story for children in Butchulla language.

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illustrations, word lists

Periodical - Working papers in linguistics

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Collection of papers in various aspects of linguistics.

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

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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tables, graphs

Book with CD - Djerap 4

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Language reader.

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Colour photographs, word lists, CD

Book - A revised linguistic survey of Australia

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Lists languages under areas and language classification; records location, previous research, degree of urgency of research and assessment of total linguistic knowledge; index of variant language names.

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Maps

Book - Writing up Indigenous research : authorship, copyright and Indigenous knowledge systems

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Book - University of Melbourne Archives : guide to collections

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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maps

Book - What's bilingual education all about? : a guide to language learning in today's schools

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

This publication confirms the notion that seriously based bilingual education is a very productive methodology for the teaching and learning of languages.

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b&w photographs, glossary

Book - Searching for Aboriginal languages : memoirs of a field worker

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

"...this book provides a fascinating picture of life in northeast Queensland between 1963 and 1977. It also provides an insight into how linguists work, how they gather their information, and how they interpret it."

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b&w photographs, colour photographs

Map - Region 6 rural directory

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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maps, b&w photographs

Book - The journals of George Augustus Robinson, Chief Protector, Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate : volume four, 1 January 1844 - 24 October 1845

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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, colour illustrations, tables

Book - Community protocols for Indigenous language projects 2004

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Covers protocols for producing language materials at a local level, rather than major publishing houses. The guide's aim is to encourage positive working relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their consultants.

Book - Introducing Wiradjuri sentences

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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

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

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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CD

Audio CD - Gulpa ngawal : Indigenous deep listening

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Introduction: In the Ngungikurungkurr language of the Daly River in the Northern Territory, the word for "Deep Listening" is 'Dadirri' (Ungunmurr, 2009) and in the Yorta Yorta language of the Murray River in Victoria, it is 'Gulpa Ngawal'. The closest we can get to describing it in English is deep and respectful listening which builds community. Deep listening draws on many senses beyond what is simply heard. It can take place in silence. Deep listening can be applied as a way of being together, as a research methodology and as a way of making a difference.

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Audio CD - Wergaia language elicitation and Yaralde song

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Walter Kennedy and Billy Marks speak Wergaia at Antwerp; David Unaipon sings. Includes some family history.

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CD, recording notes

Book - Betrayed by bureaucracy

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Investigates issues affecting East Timorese and Aboriginal people. Also calls for a national social welfare policy.

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Illustrations

Book - Language &? nation building : a study of the language medium policy in Malaysia

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

The history of medium of instruction policy in the Malaysian education system. The implementation process and its challenges from 1970-1983. The implementation of English language policy in the Malaysian education system.

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Tables

Book - Aboriginal myths, legends and fables

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Aboriginal myths, legends and fables create a rich wealth of stories from Aboriginal Cultural heritage. The stories tell of the mystical bonds that exist between Aboriginal people, their environment and the spirit life of the Dreamtime. Each story provides the reader with an insight into the fascinating beliefs of one of the oldest living cultures on earth.

Periodical - VACL news

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Includes issues: June 2000, September 2000, June 2001, January 2002

Book - Teaching and learning language

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Conference proceedings - Vital voices : endangered languages and multilingualism : proceedings of the Tenth FEL Conference, CIIL, Mysore, India, 25-27 October, 2006

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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Book - Coranderrk : we will show the country

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Comprises twenty-three extracts from the Minutes of Evidence of the Coranderrk Inquiry, accompanied by an analysis of the historical text and context. The book relies strongly on primary-source materials and accurately references historical analysis from scholarly and Aboriginal perspectives. This book is derived from a verbatim-theatre performance in which professional actors portrayed the witnesses who gave evidence before the 1881 Coranderrk Inquiry.

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illustrations, photographs, facsimiles, maps, portraits

Book - Letters from Aboriginal women of Victoria, 1867-1926

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

This edited collection of women's correspondence constitutes an important historical record of the experiences of Aboriginal women during a crucial period of social change. In particular the letters are valuable for the insight they offer into the impact on Aboriginal communities of government legislation and mission policies and the women's assertion of their entitlement to freedom and agency. Written by 81 different women, the letters cover such issues as children, family, religion, land, housing and material assistance.

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maps, b&w photographs

Book - Wita-wita-kurlu

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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B&w photographs

Book - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections in overseas museums

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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b&w illustrations

DVD - Babakiueria : (Barbeque area)

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

A satirical film about Aboriginal people's discovery of Australia and its white inhabitants. A critical and popular success, this 'reverse angle' probe into racial inequality in Australia has developed a cult following. It approaches its subject with humour but is no less effective for that - perhaps more so. Cast includes: Michelle Torres, Bob Maza, Cecily Polson, Tony Barry. Winner of the UN Media Peace Prize 1987.

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

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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 - Handbook of Australian Languages. Vol.2, Wargamay, the Mpakwithi dialect of Anguthimri, Watjarri, Margany and Gunya Tasmanian

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Various authors, includes technical linguistic sketch grammars of Wargamay, Mpakwithi (Anguthimri), Watjarri, Margany, Gunya and a survey of extant Tasmanian materials.

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Maps, word lists

Book - Indigenous creation stories of the Kulin Nation

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Boonwurrung: The Filling of the Bay - The Time of Chaos; Wathaurong: The Three Sisters; Wurundjeri: The Durrung of the Yan-yan; Taungurung: The First Women

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Maps, colour photographs, word lists

Book with CD-ROM - Meet the eastern Kulin : the Aboriginal people of Central Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Teacher resource kit.

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b&w photographs, b&w illustrations, maps, CD-ROM

Book with CD - Learning Adnyamathanha : handbook

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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Colour illustrations, games, word lists

Video - What's in a name? : Australia's geographical names

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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videocassette

Book - The Australian race : its origin, languages, customs, place of landing in Australia, and the routes by which it spread itself over that continent : vol. 1

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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b&w illustrations, word lists

Map - Region 17 rural directory : Wimmera area

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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maps

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.

Book - A learner's guide to Warumungu

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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Maps, word lists

Book - Names on the Princes Highway between Melbourne and Sydney : their origins, meanings and history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Place name list in a specific area. Giving descriptions and meanings.

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Maps, b&w illustrations

Book - Ngayi nhagudja = I see (birds)

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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

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Illustrations

Video - Starting your search : finding records at the Australian Archives

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

This is a how-to presentation on how to conduct research using the Australian Archives.

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videocassette

Book - Aboriginal people of New South Wales

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Looks at the culture and history of the some of the NSW Aboriginal people.

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maps, colour photographs, b&w photographs

Book - List of holdings

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Lists the holdings of the Public Record Office Victoria.

Book - The hated protector : the story of Charles Wightman Sievwright, protector of Aborigines 1839-42

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

"The hated Protector" tells for the first time the real story behind the extraordinary experiences of Charles Sievwright, Assistant Aboriginal Protector from 1839-42 in what was then part of the British colony of New South Wales, but is now the Western District of the Australian state of Victoria. Sievwright, an Edinburgh-born former British army officer, lived in the bush with his young family as he tried to save the Aborigines of the District from extinction. In doing so, he would isolate himself from the rest of his fellow whites. The hated Protector tells of this process. The book should appeal to anyone interested in British colonial and Australian history, particularly in the years of first contact between British settlers and the Aborigines. More broadly, it should also appeal to anyone interested a story of one man's battle against overwhelming odds, where the price of failure was numerous deaths. It is a story of hatred, prejudice, courage, determination, and hope. In telling Sievwright's story, Lindsey Arkley draws largely on original archival material, including official reports, journals and letters, found in Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Edinburgh and London. Most has never before been published. The archival material is supplemented by contemporary newspaper accounts, and some oral history. Full notes are given to all sources, and the book is indexed and lavishly illustrated with drawings by Joan Bognuda, as well as about 80 paintings and samples of documents. Contents: 1. In the bush 2. "Equal and indiscriminate justice" 3. "A few doses of lead" 4. "A curse to the land" 5. "The most unpopular man" 6. Retaliation 7. A hostage debate 8. Hallucinations 9. A mass escape 10. Possessors of the soil 11. Move to Keilambete 12. Bureaucratic 13. "A hideous pandemonium" 14. Divine visitations 15. Pay backs 16. Explanations 17. A squatter on trial 18. Claptrap and deceit 19. The black cap - 20. To Mt Rouse 21. "The impending evil" 22. In the balance 23. An arrest at Mt Rouse 24. A fair moral name 25. Roger's trial 16. Intensified evidence 27. A declaration of war 28. Mr Cold Morning 29. Holding ranks 30. To rags 31. Fightback 32. Return to London 33. The inquiry 34. Judgement 35. And what remains.

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

Book - Koorie

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Details the ?Koorie? exhibition presented by the Koorie Heritage Trust in association with the Museum of Victoria. Outlines the history of the Aboriginal people of south-eastern Australia.

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maps, b&w photographs, cartoons, illustrations, graphs