Meet our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff.

Lorraine, Document Supply

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I am a Wiradjuri woman from central New South Wales Riverina District.

I'm from Griffith, in New South Wales. I came to Canberra for a position in a library, and I decided to work here at the National.

I worked in book binding first, then in Newspapers. I actually met my husband there, and we married in 1977. I worked in Serials for a while, then took time off to have my children, and to work as a day care mum. I came back to the Library in 2005, and now work in Document Supply.

I love it. There are a lot of people still here from when I was here the first time, actually, so it's really nice. I'm really happy, and this is where I belong.

Jodie, Pictures and Manuscripts Branch, 2012 Graduate

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I'm a Yamatji woman from the Gascoyne region in Western Australia.

After graduating from high school I moved to Brisbane and studied Film and Television production.  I then worked in the industry for about 2 years as a camera assistant working on many television commercials and one feature film.

After this I decided to go travelling, I went to the UK for two years on a working holiday visa and worked mostly in hospitality and on the festival circuit.

It was not until returning to Australia that I decided to enrol in university and study a BA of Photography at Queensland College of Art, I was 27.  During my degree I was able to combine my love of the moving image with the still image and appeared in a documentary entitled Conscience for Cambodia, the documentary saw me travel to Cambodia twice.

In the last year of my degree I undertook a cadetship program at the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.  The experience made me aware of the opportunity to complete a grad program at the National Library, which I did the following year.

I now work in the Pictures and Manuscripts Branch and am very happy that I made the decision to study at 27 as I would not be here if I didn’t.

I am currently on leave from the Library caring for my young son.

Ryan, Information Services

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I'm a Wiradjuri man from the Orana Region in New South Wales.

Before I came to the National Library of Australia in 2013, I was living in Sydney, studying my Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Information and Media at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), while working for the UTS Library as well as my local library.

I started my career at the National Library in the Digitisation and Photography Branch, digitising pictures, manuscripts and ephemera and making them available for access online. I then moved to Oral History and Folklore, assisting Library readers and staff with accessing the vast collection of interviews, folk songs and recordings. From there I worked as a Reference Librarian in the Information Services Branch, answering enquiries from readers through our online enquiry service as well as in our reading rooms. I also assisted with the administration of our 'Ask a Librarian' service. Most recently I have worked as an Executive Assistant for the Assistant Director General in charge of Collections Management and as the divisional support officer for over 100 staff.

I find working in the National Library to be a very rewarding experience. You have the opportunity to work with some of the most unique and interesting collections in Australia and with welcoming and supportive teams.

Nicolette, Australian Collections, 2013 Graduate

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After high school, I knew I'd go to university, but I still wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life. I had an interest in Japanese language and culture, so I studied that at Macquarie University. I finished my degree, and still didn't know what I wanted to do as a career, so I did a Graduate Diploma of Education at the University of Technology, Sydney. 

During my Graduate Diploma, my mother lost her ability to walk and I became her full-time carer as well as studying at university. It is difficult and rewarding. 

Also during my final year, I was encouraged to apply for the Indigenous Graduate Program by my family. I applied, hoping that the National Library would accept me. They did, and I now live in Canberra. 

Since coming to the National Library, I have worked in the reading rooms, with the manga collection, ephemera and Trove. Now, I've got a permanent position in cataloguing, and I'm really loving it. I would truly recommend any position here. 

Shannon, Newspapers and Family History, 2014 Graduate

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I am a Gunai man from Orbost and a Koori from the south coast of New South Wales.

Since graduating from University in 2010 with Honours in Archaeology, I have worked as a heritage advisor in both government and private sectors of the cultural heritage industry.

I saw a career at the National Library as an excellent opportunity to apply what I had learned during the course of my degree and prior work experience as an archaeologist to a field I was less familiar with, but which has proved no less exciting.

I’m extremely fortunate to have been offered a graduate position with the National Library and have enjoyed working here immensely. Learning about and assisting others to access the Library’s collections is extremely rewarding and I look forward to my future at the National Library.

John, Oral History and Folklore, 2015 Graduate

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I am a Torres Strait Islander. My origins are from the Eastern, Central and near Western Island clusters of the Torres Strait. Previously my family lived on Thursday Island and I am the first generation to be raised and attain my education outside of the Torres Strait region. However, despite moving to the mainland I continue to hold a close connection with the Torres Strait Region and communities abroad through cultural and kinship relations.

After graduating from High School in Cairns I undertook my undergraduate studies at James Cook University (Cairns campus) completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and Australian Indigenous Studies in 2012. I furthered my studies by enrolling into a Masters of Social Science whilst I undertook employment at James Cook University as an Outreach Officer, inspiring High School students to consider tertiary studies.

I am blessed for the opportunity to be the 2015 Graduate at the National Library of Australia and have enjoyed the experience immensly. I am now priviledged to be in the Oral History and Folklore branch working with items of the collection every day. My cultural identity is a resilient strength which drives my individual and professional ambitions enabling personal levels of reconciliation. My time at the Library thus far has been worthwhile and to be able to share my own cultural and personal experiences and knowledge with readers and staff is very rewarding.

Jasmin, 2016 Graduate

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I am a Nywaigi woman from the Rainforest region in North-East Queensland and also a Guugu Yimithirr woman from the East Cape of Queensland. I spent my early childhood living on Palm Island, however, my family moved to South Queensland where I completed the rest of my schooling. I then went on to study at the University of Southern Queensland where I completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Indigenous Studies.

As Australia holds a unique and longstanding history spanning tens of thousands of years, it is imperative that aspects of the nation’s heritage are managed and preserved in order for current and future generations to access. The Library has an exceptional assortment of items with something for everyone and I am passionate about helping others in accessing such a vast collection. I am humbled to have secured a position as a graduate within the National Library of Australia. My time so far at the library has allowed me to grow on a personal and professional level. It is a wonderful place to work and I strongly recommend the graduate program. 

Yanti, 2016 Graduate

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I am an Angamuthi (West Coast Cape York), Yadhaykana (North/East Coast Cape York), Woppaburra (Great Keppel Island) woman with blood ties to the Butchulla Nation (Fraser Island), Murray (Mer), Badu and Moa Islands as well as being of German and Danish descent.

I grew up in Injinoo, a small Aboriginal community 40 kilometres from the tip of Australia, far North Cape York. I left home at the age of 17 having finished my senior schooling at Bamaga 6-12 Campus and accepted an offer to study Commerce at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Since graduating in 2014, I have chosen to come to the National Library in pursuit of my passion, which is knowledge. What I have found so far exceeds my expectations. There is always something new to learn which is what I love about this amazing place. Having a little taste of Reader Services, Overseas Serials and Acquisitions, Maps Cataloguing, Printed Australiana, Australian Monographs and Serials, Music Cataloguing to date, I see an exciting road ahead filled with new opportunities, new challenges and new learning curves. I am a firm believer in seizing opportunities as they present themselves for you never know what is around the corner. As the famous saying goes ‘I want to be a librarian when I grow up’.