NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

Collection talk

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff members Shannon Sutton, John Morseu and Nicolette Suttor share Library collection items that have special meaning for them.

Nicolette (06:20) explores an item which came into the Library in 2014, the Yan-nhangu Atlas and Illustrated Dictionary, a remarkable publication which acts as a storehouse for the history, culture and languages of the people of the Crocodile Islands off the coast of Arnhem Land.

Shannon (18:40) shows how he was able to use the Library’s collection of books, manuscripts, photos and staff knowledge to shed light on a story from his family's history.

John (29:45) reveals a personal connection in a collection of Torres Strait Islander missionary-related correspondence and photographs that date between 1907 and 1933.

Listen to the collection talk

Indigenous language readings

Watch the Indigenous language readings