Further research

The Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council is the custodian of Aboriginal culture and heritage within the Sydney region. For more information, visit Metro’s website.

For Aboriginal cultural attractions, tours and events in Sydney, visit the City of Sydney’s What’s On website and Sydney Visitors Centre website.

The State Library of NSW’s Australian Indigenous Service provides assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are researching their family history. For more information, visit the website.

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Studies (AIATSIS) in Canberra has an unparalleled archival collection of manuscripts, sound, moving image, pictures, artefacts and books that focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people history, heritage and culture. Search the Mura catalogue online to find out more.

The Koori Collection is a dedicated Aboriginal history collection housed at Waterloo Library.


Jumbunna Aboriginal Education Centre, UTS and Leichhardt Municipal Council, Sydney 1993, Other boundaries: inner city Aboriginal stories, Jumbunna Aboriginal Education Centre, University of Technology, Sydney, and Leichhardt Municipal Council, Sydney

Attenbrow, Val 2010, Sydney’s Aboriginal Past: Investigating the Archaeological and Historical Records, 2nd ed, University of NSW Press, Sydney

Begg, Zanny and De Souza, Keg 2009, There goes the neighbourhood: Redfern and the politics of urban space, Performance Space, Sydney

Charlton, Susan 2007, In living memory: exhibition catalogue, State Records Gallery, NSW Department of Commerce, State Records, Sydney, NSW

Clendinnen, Inga 2005, Dancing with strangers: Europeans and Australians at first contact, Cambridge University Press, New York

Collins, David 1971 (reprint), An account of the English colony in New South Wales, Libraries Board of South Australia, Adelaide

Dyer, Colin 2009, French explorers and Sydney, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, Queensland

Fletcher, Patrick 2009, The story of Bungaree, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Sydney

Goodall, Heather & Cadzow, Allison 2009, Rivers and resilience : Aboriginal people on Sydney’s Georges River, UNSW Press, Sydney

Hinkson, Melinda & Harris, Alana 2010, Aboriginal Sydney: a guide to important places of the past and present, 2nd ed, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra

Irish, Paul 2017, Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney, NewSouth Books, Kensington, NSW

King, Philip Gidley 2006 (reprint), A Sydney vocabulary 1790, State Library of NSW, Sydney

Hercus, Luise & Koch, Harold 2009, Aboriginal placenames: naming and re-naming the Australian landscape, ANU E Press and Aboriginal History Inc, Canberra

Kociumbas, Jan and Glover, Richard 1998, Maps, dreams, history: race and representation in Australia, Department of History, University of Sydney

Laurence, Janet and Emmett, Peter et al 2000, Edge of the Trees: a sculptural installation by Janet Laurence and Fiona Foley : from the concept by Peter Emmett, Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, Glebe

Maynard, John 2007, Fight for liberty and freedom: the origins of Australian Aboriginal activism, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra

Péron, François 1975 (reprint), A voyage of discovery to the southern hemisphere: performed by order of the Emperor Napoleon during the years 1801,1802, 1803 and 1804, Marsh Walsh Publishing, North Melbourne, Vic

Said, Edward W 1994, Culture and imperialism, Vintage, London

Shammas, Carole 2012, Investing in the early modern built environment: Europeans, Asians, settlers and indigenous societies, Brill, Leiden

Smith, Keith 2001, Bennelong: the coming in of the Eora : Sydney Cove 1788-1792, Kangaroo Press, East Roseville

Smith, Keith 2010, Mari nawi: Aboriginal odysseys, 1st ed, Rosenberg, Dural Delivery Centre, NSW

Smith, Smith 1992, King Bungaree: a Sydney Aborigine meets the great South Pacific explorers, 1799-1830, Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, NSW

Tench, Watkin & Flannery, Tim (ed) 1996, 1788: comprising a narrative of the expedition to Botany Bay and A complete account of the settlement at Port Jackson, Text Publishing, Melbourne

Troy, Jakelin 1994, The Sydney language, AIATSIS, Canberra

Turbet, Peter 2011, First frontier: the occupation of the Sydney region 1788-1816, Rosenberg Publishing, Kenthurst, NSW

Walker, Bill & Popp, Tom et al 1997, Footprints on rock: Aboriginal art of the Sydney region, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, Redfern, NSW


Ningla A-Na: Hungry for our land (1972), directed and produced by Alessandro Cavadini, Smart Street Films

One people sing freedom (1988), directed by Bernice Daly, produced by Jim Everett, ABC TV Indigenous Programs Unit. View clips at Australian Screen, National Film and Sound Archive

88.9 Radio Redfern (1989), directed by Sharon Bell and Geoff Burton ACS, produced by Sharon Bell, Film Australia Limited

The Foundation (2002), directed by Troy J Russell produced by Penelope McDonald, Chili Films Pty Ltd. View clips at Australian Screen, National Film and Sound Archive

Broken Borders (2006), directed and produced by Ivan Sen, ABC TV Indigenous Programs Unit

Embassy Days (2008), directed and produced by Ivan Sen, ABC TV Indigenous Programs Unit

The National Black Theatre (2012), directed by Darlene Johnson, produced by Sue Milliken and Darlene Johnson, ABC TV Indigenous Programs Unit

The Redfern Story (2014), directed by Darlene Johnson, produced by Sue Milliken and Darlene Johnson, CAAMA Productions Pty Ltd

Still we rise (2022), directed by John Harvey, produced by Anna Grieve, Tamarind Tree Pictures Pty Ltd


Aboriginal Affairs NSW www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au

Aboriginal Affairs Family Records Unit www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/healing-and-reparations/family-records-service

Aboriginal Housing Company www.ahc.org.au

AIATSIS www.aiatsis.gov.au

Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Ltd www.alsnswact.org.au

Art Gallery of NSW www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au

Australian Museum www.australianmuseum.net.au

Bangarra www.bangarra.com.au

Care leavers Australian Network www.clan.org.au

Dictionary of Sydney www.dictionaryofsydney.org

Eora College www.tafensw.edu.au/locations/sydney-institute/eora

Eora People www.eorapeople.com.au

Find and Connect www.findandconnect.gov.au

Gadigal Information Service www.gadigal.org.au

History of Aboriginal Sydney www.historyofaboriginalsydney.edu.au

IndigenousX www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/series/indigenousx

Chau Chak Wing Museum www.sydney.edu.au/museums

Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council www.metrolalc.org.au

Museum of Contemporary Art www.mca.com.au

Museum of Sydney on the site of First Government House www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au

NAIDOC www.naidoc.org.au

Native Title Services Corporation www.ntscorp.com.au

NCIE www.ncie.org.au

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

NSW Aboriginal Land Council www.alc.org.au

Powerhouse Museum www.powerhousemuseum.com

Redfern Oral History redfernoralhistory.org

Rediscovering Indigenous Languages indigenous.sl.nsw.gov.au

The Rocks Discovery Museum www.therocks.com

The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

State Library of NSW www.sl.nsw.gov.au

Sydney Observatory www.sydneyobservatory.com.au

Torres Strait Islands Collection Research Guide (NLA) www.nla.gov.au/research-guides/torres-strait-islands-collection

Tranby www.tranby.edu.au

Tribal Warrior Association www.tribalwarrior.org

Wyanga www.wyanga.org.au

Yaama Dhiyaan www.atp.com.au