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walata tyamateetj

walata tyamateetj

A guide to government records about Aboriginal people in Victoria.

walata tyamateetj means ‘carry knowledge’ in the Gunditjmara language of western Victoria. walata tyamateetj is a detailed listing of Aboriginal public records held in Victoria. This guidebook hopes to improve access to government records about Aboriginal people, families, communities and culture and was launched in April 2014.  See below for a general list of records.

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Archival records can help Aboriginal people connect with their histories, trace the experiences of ancestors, and learn about the times and places in which their ancestors lived. These records provide evidence of past policies and practices that still affect the lives of Aboriginal people today.

The Public Record Office Victoria collection is particularly strong in the period to 1860, and holds records of the Port Phillip District, including information regarding the early Aboriginal Protectorate and the Guardian of Aborigines. It also includes records of more recent history.

The listed archives include:

  • Aboriginal Name Indexes
  • Missions and Reserves
  • Land Rights
  • Police and Prison Records
  • Education Records
  • Land and Heritage Records
  • Crown Land Records
  • Housing


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