The Dawn and New Dawn were magazines published between 1952-1975 by the New South Wales Aborigines Welfare Board, with the aim of providing interesting information and an exchange of news and views. The Dawn and New Dawn were also a way for people to keep in contact. Today the magazines are a valuable source of family history information as they include details of births, deaths, marriages and baptisms, as well as hundreds of photographs.
The Dawn and New Dawn contain articles about the conditions and activities on reserves, stations, homes and schools throughout New South Wales. During their time of publication the magazines were also used to report the work of the Aboriginal Welfare Board.
To view and search the Dawn and New Dawn, see the AIATSIS Library's Dawn online exhibition
Issues of Dawn magazine are indexed in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Biographical Index, part of MURA®, the AIATSIS catalogue at http://mura.aiatsis.gov.au/ and the State Library of NSW Australian Indigenous index also known as INFOKOORI at www.sl.nsw.gov.au/infokoori/ .
On CD-ROM and DVD-ROM
The Dawn / New Dawn magazines are available on CD-ROM and DVD-ROM and may be purchased from the AIATSIS’ publishing arm, Aboriginal Studies Press:
Telephone: 02 6246 1183
Website: Aboriginal Studies Press
Print copies of the Dawn and New Dawn magazines are held at a number of libraries throughout Australia. To see which libraries hold copies of the Dawn, go to Trove and search for 'Dawn magazine'