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Koorie Records Unit Newsletter

JULY 2013 - NUMBER 11

The Koorie Records Unit Newsletter is published triannually by the Koorie Records Unit at Public Record Office Victoria.

The Koorie Records Unit promotes awareness about Victorian Aboriginal records held by Public Record Office Victoria and the National Archives of Australia and aims to improve the accessibility of these records to the wider Aboriginal community.

IN THIS ISSUE:

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2013 – Aboriginal records display
Koorie Reference Service
Partnership Agreement heralds a new approach to meeting the needs of the Stolen Generations
Aboriginal records currently on display at Old Treasury Building
Do you want to learn more about how to research your Aboriginal and family history?
ANZAC Commemorative Naming Project
PROV Calendar of Events


 

Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2013 – Aboriginal records display

Petition from Coranderrk residents to the Chief Secretary of the Victorian government in February 1882, protesting against their lack of control over the management of the Aboriginal station.
PROV, VPRS 1226/P0, Unit 4, Item Y6176 Aborigines & Coranderrk Inquiry
The Victorian Archives Centre is celebrating NAIDOC week with a display of records relating to Victorian Aboriginal people taken from the collections of the Public Record Office Victoria and National Archives of Australia. 

The display features documents, maps, plans and drawings, publications and photographs which showcases the rich diversity of the Aboriginal historic material held in the archives, particularly relating to the early years of European settlement and Aboriginal missions and reserves in Victoria.

These historic records will be on show in the foyer of the Victorian Archives Centre at 99 Shiel Street, North Melbourne, from Monday the 8th of July until mid-August.  
  

 

Koorie Reference Service

Aboriginal researchers are encouraged to contact the Koorie Reference Officer for support and guidance to access the collection of Victorian government records relating to Aboriginal people.  The Koorie Reference Officer can undertake research on your behalf and provide information about relevant records within both Public Record Office Victoria and National Archives of Australia’s collections.  Research includes searching the Koorie Index of Names (KIN) and the Bringing Them Home (BTH) name indexes.  Both indexes contain names of Aboriginal people that appear in the most relevant Victorian and Commonwealth government records.

Since January 2013, the Koorie Reference Service has received almost 80 new enquiries from members of the Aboriginal community trying to find information about their families. 
We have searched for over 500 family names on behalf of clients, which has led to more than 2500 results of relevant family names found in both the KIN and BTH databases. Copies of relevant records are provided to researchers to assist with family history research. 

The Koorie Reference Officer can be contacted at koorie.records@prov.vic.gov.au

 



Koorie Index of Names database

Partnership Agreement heralds a new approach to meeting the needs of the Stolen Generations

On 20 June 2013 Public Record Office Victoria and Link-Up Victoria (under the auspices of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency) signed a Partnership Agreement at the Victorian Archives Centre.  This Partnership outlines how we will collaborate in providing services to Aboriginal people who wish to reconnect with land, culture, family and community.  
 


Justine Heazlewood, Director and Keeper of Public Records and Muriel Bamblett, Chief Executive Officer at Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency signing the Partnership Agreement.


 
 
Records held within the State archives relating to the removal of children from their families are vital resources for Aboriginal people seeking to make these links. Public Record Office Victoria has an ongoing commitment to removing barriers and improving access to these records within our collection.
 
By formalising this partnership, Aboriginal people undertaking research will have access to support through Link-Up Victoria and the Koorie Records Unit at Pubic Record Office Victoria. Support includes assistance with research, the waiving of copying charges, and access to Link-Up’s counselling and other healing programs.
 
The agreement ensures our ongoing commitment to support improvement to access and services as well as participating in joint programs and initiatives. The Agreement was signed by Justine Heazlewood, Director and Keeper of Public Records and Muriel Bamblett, Chief Executive Officer at Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency who said “This agreement is important as not only will it help members of the Stolen Generations reconnect with their stories and culture, it will also increase awareness within the general public”.   

 

Aboriginal records currently on display at Old Treasury Building



PROV, VPRS 3686/P1, Unit 370, Drawing No. ARF 1
There are a number of original historical documents relating to Indigenous Victorians now on display as part of the Victorian Archival Treasures exhibit at the Old Treasury Building, including:
  • brief vocabulary of Aboriginal language as spoken by two Aboriginal tribes in the district of Port Phillip as collected by William Thomas, Assistant Protector Westernport District, circa 1840
  • 1931 “spiral” petition from Lake Tyers residents seeking to prevent the removal of the Station manager, Captain Newman
  • plan of proposed church at Framlingham Aboriginal Reserve dated 1920, which still stands today
  • Map of the lands of the Gunai-Kurnai people in south Gippsland, as surveyed by Commissioner of Crown Lands, Charles Tyers, in 1847
  • journal of Thomas Harris, farm overseer at Coranderrk Aboriginal Station, 1874-77
 
For more information and opening times visit http://oldtreasurybuilding.org.au/

 

Do you want to learn more about how to research your Aboriginal and family history?


A petition lodged in 1931 with the Board for the Protection of Aborigines, distinctive because the signatures have been arranged in a spiral pattern. Signatories were residents of Lake Tyers Aboriginal Station, seeking to prevent the removal of the station manager, Captain Newman. The petition was unsuccessful.
PROV, VPRS 1694/P0, Unit 11, May 1931–June 1931, p. 5

 
The Koorie Records Unit is seeking expressions of interest from groups wishing to visit the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne, for half or full-day workshops on researching Aboriginal records and resources held by Public Records Office Victoria and National Archives Australia. 

If there is sufficient interest, the KRU can develop tailored programs for groups as requested.  Workshops could cover topics including the variety of records available to family history researchers, records relevant to Aboriginal people, name indexes including the Koorie Index of Names (KIN) and the Bringing Them Home Index (BTH) and practical information for undertaking research. 

Expressions of interest, including details of group size and suitable days and times, can be directed to koorie.records@prov.vic.gov.au.

 

ANZAC Commemorative Naming Project

An exciting Victorian project has been launched to name roads, suburbs and other geographic features in honour of Victorian war veterans. The project, which is being managed by the Office of Geographic Names, is part of Victoria’s contribution to the National Anzac centenary commemoration 2014–2018.

During the Anzac centenary period, the Victorian government is conducting a commemorative naming project in partnership with naming authorities, primarily councils. The project is an opportunity for Victorians to acknowledge the wartime service and sacrifice of their local municipality’s military service people or locals who supported Australia’s military cause.


 

Victorians are being asked to research these people from their municipalities and provide proposals to their local councils. Councils will then decide which name proposals should be used to name or rename roads, features or localities.

There will also be the opportunity to:
  • record the history behind the names in Victoria’s register of geographic names, VICNAMES
  • record in VICNAMES  the history of existing roads, features or localities already named in honour of service people.
For further information please go to the Office of Geographic Names website at http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/property-titles-and-maps/naming-places/anzac-commemorative-naming-project
 

PROV Calendar of Events

July - August 2013

Fri 12 July
Researching Koorie Records https://register.eventarc.com/16013/researching-koorie-records
 
Sat 13 July
Saturday Opening
 
Mon 22 July
Introduction to the PROV online catalogue https://register.eventarc.com/16014/introduction-to-the-prov-online-catalogue

Sat 27 July
Saturday Opening

Mon 5 August
Family History Feast @ State Library of Victoria https://register.eventarc.com/11767/family-history-feast

 
Tue 6 August
How to create your family tree https://register.eventarc.com/16015/how-to-put-together-a-family-tree
 
Sat 10 August
Saturday Opening

Wed 21 August
Researching your family history
https://register.eventarc.com/16016/researching-your-family-history
 
Sat 31 August
Saturday Opening

Visit our events calendar here to see a full list of Public Record Office Victoria's events and programs.
 

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