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

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Opening Hours

Collection available by appointment only.

Entry Fee

Free entry.

Location

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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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.
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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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972 items

972 items

Book - Barriyala - let's work : Gumbaynggirr language student workbook 1

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Workbook with songs, games and activities for primary school children.

Inscriptions & Markings

Colour illustrations, b&w illustrations, word lists

Book - Finding families : the guide to the National Archives of Australia for genealogists

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

The focus of this publication is on the range of records of most value to genealogists, those in which essential details of former lives are held. Exploring official records reveals the facts of these lives: of where and when and how men and women served their nation in wartime; or settled in a new country; or were employed on public projects; or were educated or assisted through Commonwealth government agencies.

Inscriptions & Markings

b&w photographs, copies of records, charts

Book - Victorian implementation review of the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Inscriptions & Markings

graphs, tables

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

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Inscriptions & Markings

DVD

Book - Into history : the Australian historical directory

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

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

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, b&w illustrations, b&w photographs

Book - Through foreign eyes : European perceptions of the Kurnai tribe of Gippsland

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

This book is the second of Gardner's 3 volume history on the Kurnai tribes. It studies the Kurnai through the diaries and letters of various European observers, including an explorer, squatters, government officials, Aboriginal protectors, missionaries and an anthropologist. There is also an account of one of the victims, a summary of Gardner's massacre thesis and an appendix on the 'white woman' affair. This book is considered the most professional production of the trilogy and was highly commended in the Caltex-Bendigo Advertiser Awards of 1988.

Inscriptions & Markings

B&w illustrations, b&w photographs

Periodical - Working papers in linguistics

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

A collection of papers on a variety of languages areas.

Book - Draft report on Lake Boga Aboriginal Mission historical study

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Book - Aboriginal languages in education

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages have been ignored or suppressed in the education system for generations. Recently this has changed and Aboriginal languages are now being taught at various levels in many places. This book aims to promote discussion and sharing of ideas between existing programs.

Inscriptions & Markings

b&w photographs, tables

Book - Australian Joint Copying Project handbook. Part 2., Colonial Office - class and piece list

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Conference proceedings - Learn in beauty : Indigenous education for a new century

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Series of papers indicating some of the new directions that Indigenous education is taking at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The focus is on education for Native Americans.

Inscriptions & Markings

b&w illustrations, graphs, tables

Book - A history of the Goulburn River Protectorate Station at Murchison, 1840-1853 : a report to the Heritage Services Branch, Aboriginal Affairs Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Contains histories of the Aboriginal Protectors in the Goulburn River area and their work with the people in this region using journal entries and historical records.

Inscriptions & Markings

maps, b&w photograph, colour illustrations, tables

Book - Ngun? Koongurrukun? =? Speak Koongurrukun?

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Gives Phonology, grammatical interpretations and lexicon. Provides complex detail of the above.

Inscriptions & Markings

Colour photographs, word lists

Periodical - Victorian historical journal

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Inscriptions & Markings

b&w illustrations, b&w photographs

Book - Australian Aboriginal Place-names and their meanings

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

A short book of Aboriginal place name definitions from around Australia - the state of each name is indicated.

Book - From the centre to the city : Aboriginal education, culture and power

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

This book is about the directions being taken in Australia to develop an Aboriginal curriculum in schools. Kevin Keeffe describes, analyses and criticises the meaning and place of Aboriginal culture in the Australian curriculum.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Periodical - La Trobe working papers in linguistics

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Jiwarli (W.A.); general linguistics.

Map - Region 22 rural directory Goulburn-Murray area

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Inscriptions & Markings

maps

Book - Corroboree or war party: the last dance of the Wangaratta Pangerang : No more the valley rings with Koorie laughter

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Details the coming of the white man, including explorers and squatters to the Wangaratta area, from a white perspective, written by Wendy Mitchell, and an Aboriginal perspective, written by Freddie Dowling.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Book - The study of Language

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Issues in language study: origin of language, animals & human language, writing, phonetics, phonology, words & word-formation processes, morphology, grammar, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, language and the brain, language acquisition, gestures and sign languages, languages and regional variation, language and social variation, language and culture.

Inscriptions & Markings

B&w illustrations, b&w photographs, maps

CD-ROM - Aborigines of Victoria 1878

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

CD version of The Aborigines of Victoria, Notes relating to the Habits of the Natives of other Parts of Australia and Tasmania compiled from various sources for The Government of Victoria. Vols. I&II 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

CD-ROM

CD - Wambaya : Northern Territory : Warumungu Tennant Creek

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

1. Father 2. There's a Land 3. Amazing Grace 4. Where Will You Spend Your Eternity? 5. Silent Night 6. Three Wisemen 7. Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb? 8. God is So Good 9. I'm Not Alone 109. Come Oh Lord 11. He is Lord 12. Father You Live in Heaven So High 13. At the Cross Road 14. He Took My Place 15. Jesus Died on the Cross 16.It's the Lily of the Valley 17. We are Gathered Here Together 18. We are One in a Bond of Love 19. Upon my Heart I have a Burden 20. Story: Hunting for Goanna and Bush Tucker 21. Skin Group for Wambaya People (as per law and culture) 22. A Story: Bush Tucker Collection and Preparation (according to traditional customs)

Inscriptions & Markings

CD

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. 3.2

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

CD ROM - home made, contains scanned images of a few pages. CDROM located in CD ROM case.

Inscriptions & Markings

Word lists, CD-ROM

Book - Learning Wiradjuri : book 3 : extending language structures &? vocabulary

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Text in Wiradjuri and English.

Inscriptions & Markings

Colour photographs, word lists

Periodical - Victorian historical journal

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Inscriptions & Markings

b&w photographs, b&w illustrations

Book - Goulburn River Aboriginal Protectorate : a history of the Goulburn River Aboriginal Protectorate Station at Murchison, Victoria, 1840 - 1853

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

This study explains why the locality of what is now known as Murchison is one of the most important historic Aboriginal places in regional Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

DVD - Your vote matters : understanding the federal electoral system

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

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 - 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

B&w illustrations, b&w photographs

CD with Book - Marlak Readers CD (Levels 1-4)

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Language reader.

Inscriptions & Markings

CD