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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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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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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 - Aboriginal students and English language acquisition

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Assisting educators in South Australia to respond to specific language and literacy needs and goals of Aboriginal students.

Inscriptions & Markings

maps, tables

Book - Aboriginal words and their meanings

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

A short book of definitions of Aboriginal words; Aboriginal-English only and no source languages identified.

Conference proceedings - Endangered languages and language learning : proceedings of the FEL XII, 24-27 September 2008 Fryske Akademy, It Aljemint, Ljouwert/?Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Learning the details, Different approaches in the classroom, School contexts, Innovative methods, Multilingualism and diaspora, Policy overview

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Periodical - Aboriginal history

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

DVD - Language matters with Bob Holman

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Looks at the Welsh Language.

Inscriptions & Markings

DVD

Book - Wurrung Wurrung Victorian Aboriginal languages resource kit

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

The Wurrung Wurrung Kit is designed to introduce students at all levels to the heritage of Aboriginal languages within the area now known as Victoria. The kit aims to: Create awareness of Victorian Aboriginal languages in the past and present. The kit is not designed for the teaching of languages, Develop students' understanding of the relationship between the languages and culture of Victorian Indigenous people, or Koories, Create awareness of the importance of language to indigenous communities today and to foster respect for these communities and their languages, Highlight the diversity within Aboriginal Victoria and Australia in terms of languages and culture, Provide resources for students and teachers that can be used either as a window into Aboriginal culture generally, or to complement a broader unit of work in indigenous studies. Resources for teachers Purpose of this kit Using this kit Terminology Pronunciation Facts about Aboriginal languages in Victoria Language and Aboriginal culture Revitalizatoin of Aboriginal languages Language Alive in the community Community protocols Understanding the Language Map VELS and Curriculum links Teaching Framework Resources and contacts Activities for students Animal names Colouring in Possum Koala Kangaroo Code breaker What do yo know? Concentration Sounds, spellings and symbols Kinship Different things, different words Koorie Garden Timeline Story of Victorian Languages Language on the Mission Role Play Traditional Owners Placenames Graffiti Wall Map References.

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

Book with CDROM - Learning Wathaurong : teacher's guide

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

A student based language program which includes CD ROM and booklet with coloured layout. Includes dictionary, pronunciation guide and user instructions.

Inscriptions & Markings

Word lists, screen shots, CD-ROM

Book - 'We are all of one blood' : a history of the Djabwurrung Aboriginal people of western Victoria, 1836-1901. Vol. 3

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Vol 3 Anthology of Sources

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Book - The boomerang information book

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Information about boomerangs with illustrations.

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b&w illustrations

Book - The journals of George Augustus Robinson, Chief Protector, Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate : volume six : 10 June 1849- 30 September 1852

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

Book - Linguistic trends in Australia : papers presented to the A.I.A.S. Linguistics Group May 1968

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Various authors: technical linguistic studies of genetic classification of Australian languages, Daly family languages, and some language-specific notes on South Australian languages.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, word lists

CD-ROM - Australian Dictionary of Biography Volumes 1 - 12 1788 - 1939 CD ROM

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Contains volumes 1-12 of the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Inscriptions & Markings

CD-ROM

Book - Australian Aboriginal words : Aboriginal-English, English-Aboriginal

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

A short book of definitions of Aboriginal words drawn from across Australia - includes state of origin of words and sometimes region within a state. Aboriginal-English and English-Aboriginal sections.

Inscriptions & Markings

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, Rippleside

Creation story.

Inscriptions & Markings

word lists, colour illustrations, CD-ROM

Book - Aboriginal language areas in Victoria : a report to the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

This book consists of a series of feasibility plans for language retrieval for Daungwurrung, Woiwurring, Yorta Yorta, Way Wurru, Dhudhuroa, Wadiwadi, Wembawemba and Wathawurrung.

Inscriptions & Markings

maps

Periodical - Victorian historical journal. Index

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

DVD - Blaktraks 2 : Short films

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Over 8 weeks (Oct-Nov 2012) participants of the Blaktraks Arts Project explored their identity through music, stencil art, photography and video. The result is a bunch of deadly short films that tell their stories - Check them out!

Inscriptions & Markings

DVD

Book - Kala

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Language reader.

Inscriptions & Markings

Colour illustrations, word lists

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, tables, word lists

Book - Framework for the teaching of Aboriginal languages in primary schools

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Goals and strategies for teaching Aboriginal languages to Aboriginal students with differing language knowledge; suggested language activities.

Inscriptions & Markings

b&w illustrations

Electronic Resource - Healesville High School : Dreamtime Stories

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

In August 2013, Kiwa Digital, in conjunction with the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages brought the KIWA SLAM™ to the Ngulu (Language) Class of Healesville High school. Under the guidance of Aunty Joy Murphy, our Wurundjeri elder, nineteen years 7, 8 & 9 students undertook an intensive two days of Dreamtime story telling, culminating in four dreamtime stories told through striking artwork and narrated in the students' own voices. (cover notes)

Book - Australian Aboriginal native words and their meanings

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

A short book of Aboriginal words with definitions intended as a source for naming places or properties. Aboriginal-English only and no indication of source languages.

Inscriptions & Markings

Word lists

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

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Book with CD - Yugal : Gamilaraay & Yuwaalaraay songs

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Songs in Language and English.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, colour illustrations, colour photographs, word lists

Kit - Nganyang Ngaangk

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Language reader.

Inscriptions & Markings

Colour illustrations, photographs, language cards, CD

Book - Language opportunities : a directory of grants, awards and scholarships for language students and professionals

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Book - Language of the Aborigines of the Colony of Victoria, and other Australian districts : with parallel translations and familiar specimens in dialogue, as a guide to Aboriginal protectors, and others engaged in ameliorating their condition

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Original edition of the word list composed in 1859 for use by the Protectors of Aboriginals in the Victorian area. Includes handwritten lists on the end papers.

Inscriptions & Markings

word lists

Book - Australian Joint Copying Project handbook. Part 9, Public Record Office personal collections

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Book - Portraits from a land without people : a pictorial anthology of Indigenous Australia 1847-2008

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

A pictorial anthology of Indigenous Australia from 1847-2008. Published to coincide with the first anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations, this title is a stunning and emotive record of the first Australians. All proceeds from the sale going to the Jimmy Little Foundation.

Inscriptions & Markings

b&w photographs, colour photographs

DVD - Showing Our Way

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Rippleside

Mostly Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media (PAKAM) programs showing aboriginal lifestyle, culture (traditional dances, painting) and sport.

Inscriptions & Markings

DVD