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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.

Contact Information

location
70 Hanover Street Fitzroy Victoria (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9600 3811
Contact

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm (closed Public Holidays) Appointment required. Please telephone to arrange a visit.

Entry Fee

Free

Location

70 Hanover Street Fitzroy 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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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

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972 items

Book - Australian languages: their nature and development

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Very comprehensive technical linguistic introduction to the Australian language family, a follow-up to Dixon?s ?The Languages of Australia? (1980). Numerous maps, isoglosses, tables, comparative grammar, phonology, semantics, etc. 1. The language situation in Australia 2. Modelling the language situation 3. Overview 4. Vocabulary 5. Case and other nominal suffixes 6. Verbs 7. Pronouns 8. Bound pronouns 9. Prefixing and fusion 10. Generic nouns, classifiers, genders and noun classes 11. Ergative/?accusative morphological and syntactic profiles 12. Phonology 13. Genetic subgroups and small linguistic areas 14. Summary and conclusion.

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Maps

Book - Language planning and policy in Native America : history, theory and praxis

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Contextualizing Native American LPP: legal-political, demographic and sociolinguistic foundations; conceptualizing Native American LPP: critical sociocultural foundations; Native American languages 1492-2012; Indigenous literacies, bilingual education and community empowerment: Navajo case study; language regenesis in practice; language in the lives of Indigenous youth; planning language for the Seventh Generation

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

Book - Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution : report of the expert panel

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Current multiparty support has created a historic opportunity to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples of Australia, to affirm their full and equal citizenship, and to remove the last vestiges of racial discrimination from the Constitution. The Expert Panel was tasked to report to the Government on possible options for constitutional change to give effect to Indigenous constitutional recognition, including advice as to the level of support from Indigenous people and the broader community for these options. This executive summary sets out the Panel's conclusions and recommendations" [taken from executive summary]. Report contains draft Bill for an Act to alter the Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures, languages and heritage, to replace racially discriminatory provisions and to include a prohibition of racial discrimination. Letter to the Prime Minister Foreword from the co-chairs Executive summary Introduction: Expert panel and its methodology 1. Historical background 2. Comparative and international recognition 3. The national conversation: themes from the consultation program 4. Forms of recognition 5. The 'race' provisions 6. Racial non-discrimination 7. Governance and political participation 8. Agreement-making 9. The question of sovereignty 10. Approaches to the referendum 11. Draft bill Appendixes Bibliography.

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maps, tables, colour photographs, charts

Book - Writing on the backs of the blacks

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

The author has set out to study the effects of newly developing literacy on a predominantly oral society. She persuasively argues for an awareness of the dangers of denying a voice to the very people who are the objects of such linguistics research.

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Maps

Book - Australian Board of Missions : further records, 1873-1978

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Heavily annotated, suggesting possible changes of box numbering.

Book - The little lost bandicoots

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

A storybook for For primary school age children.

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Colour illustrations

Book with CD - Maambakoort 3

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Language reader.

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Colour photographs, word lists, CD

Book with CD - The Australian race : its origin, languages, customs, place of landing in Australia, and the routes by which it spread itself over that continent, Vol. 2

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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

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B&w illustrations, word lists, CD-ROM

Bartja and Mayila

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

When Bartja's best friend Mayila plans to leave the forest they live in to visit the ocean, Bartja wants to find her the perfect parting gift. With some advice from Uncle Ambrose and the forest animals, Bartja creates a gift that Mayila will treasure. Bartja and Mayila written by Sue Atkinson (Yorta Yorta) and illustrated by Annette Sax (Taungurung). This is the first book in the YSS series, giving young children insight into Indigenous Victorian culture. The Yarn Strong Sista series is supported by background notes and ideas for related activities.

Audio CD - Beyond the bars 10 : highlights from 3CR's prison broadcasts : NAIDOC Week 2013

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

This CD is the tenth in a series of prison broadcast productions delivered by 3CR. It includes interviews, songs, poems and messages from Indigenous inmates at Port Phillip Prison, Fulham Correctional Centre, Barwon Prison, Marngoneet Correctional Centre, Loddon Prison and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.

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CD

Periodical - Victorian historical journal : governing early Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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

Map - Region 2 rural directory : Bendigo &? North Central Victoria: fully detailed maps &? roads index of Bendigo &? the developing areas surrounding

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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maps

Book - That's my country belonging to me : Aboriginal land tenure and dispossession in nineteenth century Western Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Investigating the dispossession of Aboriginal people from their lands in Western Victoria. The methods of dispossession (exclusion etc.) and restrictions, with the consequences of this.

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maps, tables, b&w photographs

Map - Region 15 rural directory : Ballarat &? Midlands Area : fully detailed maps &? roads index of Ballarat &? the developing areas surrounding

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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maps

DVD - Island treasures : video clips, a song and learning notes

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Book - Power and the passion : our ancestors return home

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

It had never happened before! No one had every taken legal action against the University of Melbourne and the Museum of Victoria, challenging their right to keep collections of the skeletal remains of the ancestor of Aboriginal people ... . For the 25th anniversary of the reburial in Kings Doman Garden, Shannon Faulkhead and Jim Berg tell the story of this significant battle in the history of colonisation of this country. The story incorporates the voices of 22 people, both Koorie and non-Koorie, who were involved at the time- Gatefold.

Inscriptions & Markings

B&w illustrations, b&w photographs

Periodical - Working papers in linguistics

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

A collection of papers on a variety of languages areas.

Periodical - Victorian historical journal : music, migration and multiculturalism

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

b&w photographs, b&w illustrations, musical notations

Book - Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Thesis - Pronouns as evidence for genetic relationships in Victorian languages

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Thesis on language in Victoria, includes historical notes.

Inscriptions & Markings

Maps, charts, word lists

Journal - Melbourne papers in linguistics and applied linguistics

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

A variety of papers on linguistic and applied languages.

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Screen shots, tables

Journal - Australian journal of linguistics

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Book - Some notes on Victorian Alpine Aborigines

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

A short essay of the tribes in the Victorian Alpine district, their contact with White Settlement and their languages and customs. Includes information on massacres.

Book - Tanderrum 'Freedom of the bush' : the Djadjawurrung presence on the goldfields of Central Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Contents: The pre-contact era: Archaeological heritage in the study area ; Djadjawurrung use of box-ironbark resources The contact and post-contact era: The Djadjawurrung and Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate ; Djadjawurrung and the gold rushes.

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b&w photographs, drawings, lists

Book - Victorian squatters

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Detailed study of the white settlement of Victoria, with extensive maps and registers of early squatters.

Audio CD - Beyond the bars 8 : 3CR's prison broadcasts : NAIDOC week 2011

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

The CD is the 8th in a series of prison broadcast productions. The Beyond the Bars 8 broadcasts took place in NAIDOC week 2011. Includes interviews, songs, poems, messages from Indigenous inmates at Port Phillip Prison, Fulham Correctional Centre, Barwon Prison, Marngoneet Correctional Centre and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre. Program Coordinator Meg Butler; production assistance Elanor McInerney; project coordination support Juliet Fox.

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CD

Book - Archaeology and linguistics : Aboriginal Australia in global perspective

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Various authors: studies of wider patterns in Aboriginal language and culture, including migration, tool exchange, and particularly the role of linguistic evidence in establishing historical connections between Australian tribes as well as further afield in the Australasian region.

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

Book - An overview of the sources for a language and clan atlas of Eastern Victoria and Southern New South Wales

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

This monograph concerns Eastern Victoria and Southern New South Wales and reviews the ethnographic record available for the study area. A test case is made of one tribe within the study area which requires further research. Overall, the literature review and the case study demonstrate that the ability to undertake detailed reconstructions, as Clark and Barwick have done for the other regions, can be undertaken in Eastern Victoria and Southern New South Wales, and this model will form the basis of future research.

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

Book - Flora of Melbourne : a guide to the indigenous plants of the greater Melbourne area

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Comprehensive book giving illustration of plants and very specific, detailed descriptions.

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Colour photographs, illustrations, maps

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

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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

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.

Book - The coast and hinterland in flower

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Format using photographs and a brief description of each plant.

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Maps, colour photographs

Book - Language problems and Aboriginal education

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

A collection of essays about language retention, differences and bilingual education.

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b&w photographs, tables, word lists

DVD - The linguists

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Travelling linguists David and Greg document languages on the verge of extinction.

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DVD

Book - Aboriginal languages, cultures and reclamation in Victorian schools : standards P-10 and protocols

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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maps, diagrams

Book - Properties and residential : Western District, Victoria : mid 1800s - 1990s : names, time and place

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Lists properties, names of residents and addresses of properties and residences in Western District, Victoria from the mid 1800s to 1990s. Listed in alphabetical order according to the name of the property, residence or place.

Book - A Bibliography of Victorian History 1850-1900

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

The aim of this work is to provide a guide to those reference works, bibliographies, encyclopedias, dictionaries and similar works which are likely to be useful to research workers in the field of Victorian history

Kit - Ways of being, ways of talk

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Kit produced by a Primary and Senior Secondary School in Western Australia dealing with communication, language and Aboriginal History. Video 1. Moving Into Other Worlds Video 2. Two Way Learning and Two Kinds of Power Video 3. Now You See It, Now You Don?t Video 4. A Shared World of Communication

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b&w illustrations, colour illustrations, b&w photographs, colour photographs, videocassette, book

Book - Taungurung : liwik-nganjin-al ngula-dhan yaawinbu yananinon

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

An analysed dictionary of the Taungurung language. Contents Symbols of the cloak Foreword /? by Lee Healy History of project My journey Foreword /? by VACL community linguist Introduction Pronouns and and pronoun word-endings Word endings Language in use from the Old People Taungurung to English English to Taungurung.

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

Book - Ethnological notes on the Aboriginal tribes of New South Wales and Victoria

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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B&w photographs, word lists

Periodical - Victorian historical journal : history as a tourist attraction

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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b&w illustrations

Map - Region 16 rural directory

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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maps, colour photographs

Book - Black Robinson : protector of Aborigines

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Biography of George Augustus Robinson, official protector of Aborgines in Tasmania and Port Phillip. A detailed study of Robinson?s involvement with the government and with Aboriginal people, with much information on his personal life and dealings.

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Maps, b&w illustrations

Book - National review of education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples : statistical annex

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

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tables, graphs

Book - Two-way English : towards more user-friendly education for speakers of Aboriginal English

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Inscriptions & Markings

tables, b&w photographs

Book - Aboriginal studies R-12. Years R-3., Home

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

This unit is one of eleven making up the R-7 Aboriginal studies course, developed to meet the needs of students, teachers and Aboriginal people. It contains a course outline, cultural and historical information and activities.

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photographs, illustrations, maps

Book - City Of Whitehorse parks and reserves: names and origins

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Spiral bound book released by City of Whitehorse council. Alphabetically listed placenames within the local government area, with Melway map points and brief historical references to those places.

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Black and white photographs, colour photographs

Book - The Cambridge handbook of endangered languages

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Book - Language and communication enhancement for two-way education : report

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Book - Earth

Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages, Fitzroy

Novel partially in Wathaurong.