Australia Native Races
There are two indigenous groups of people in Australia: the Aborigines and the Torres Strait Islanders. Neither groups had a written language; consequently, records generated about them are found in other sources listed in this outline such as biography, civil registration, and church records.
The library of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) contains records about indigenous people.
GPO Box 553
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: 02 6246 1111 (International +61 2 6246 1111)
Facsimile: 02 6261 4285 (International +61 2 6261 4285)
You can ask a question in their Online enquiry form.
The Aboriginal Biographical Index indexes biographical information of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people mentioned in material, such as books, magazines and newspapers. Most of the resources are in the Institute and also in the collections at the State Library of New South Wales.
- My Heart is Breaking: a Joint Guide to Records About Aboriginal People in the Public Record Office of Victoria and the Australian Archives, Victoria Regional Office. Victoria: Australian Archives Victorian Regional Office, 1993, 1997 printing. ISBN 0644324988 (FHL 994.51/M1 A3m)
Family History Library
Information about the native people of Australia is listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
AUSTRALIA, [STATE] - NATIVE RACES