The new home of some AIATSIS functions at 14 Childers Street Canberra

Digitisation drives expansion

1 Sep 2015

Several of AIATSIS' functions will be located in a new home from 1 October 2015 as the Institute’s digitisation work ramps up.

A lantern slide from the United Aborigines Mission collection being scanned

Focus on lantern slides

24 Aug 2015

Two separate collections of lantern slides have been the focus of work for the AIATSIS Collections team recently.

Part of the book cover of Old Man's Story The Last Thoughts of Kakadu Elder Bill Neidjie

In conversation: Old Man's Story by Big Bill Neidjie

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

In this In conversation event at the National Library of Australia, Senator Nova Peris will

A portrait of an unidentified Aboriginal woman holding a baby

We all Stand on Sacred Ground Exhibition

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ cultures and identity are centred on an intimate relationship to their land.


2 hours 36 min ago

ICYMI: @jpjanke on Law Matters radio program last week talking how to get started tracing your family history http://t.co/yiewcvNqQC


4 hours 50 min ago

RT @DeakinBusiness: "Professional competency is just as important as cultural competency" - Mr Russel Taylor, Principal, @AIATSIS


1 day 2 hours ago

RT @nthistorian: MT: @connectxcountry: @AIATSIS http://t.co/3eUttnDep6 Family history kit from AIATSIS. #findfamily #nativetitle


1 day 2 hours ago

RT @nlagovau: Join @NovaPeris & @AIATSIS in conversation to discuss Old Man's Story by Mark Lang—book now http://t.co/gCxo1wZJse http://t.c…



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