The University of Queensland has a strong tradition of research and teaching in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies supported by significant collections of books, journals, papers, theses, photographs and material culture.
University of Queensland Library Resources
Over 6,000 items specifically concerned with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander issues are housed in the University of Queensland Library collections. These extensive holdings consist of books, journals, postgraduate research theses and audiovisual material as well as photographs and personal papers from leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including Oodgeroo Noonuccal. Many photographs and personal papers are held in the special collections of the Fryer Library. University of Queensland Library holdings may be searched using the online catalogue available from the address above. Anyone can make use of the collections, although certain privileges (such as borrowing material) are only available to University of Queensland staff and students.
Also, for University of Queensland users, a comprehensive list of databases available for searching in the University of Queensland Library and/or online is available at:
Location: Social Sciences and Humanities Library, Duhig Building
Telephone: (07) 3365 6346
Fax: (07) 3365 1481
Ask a Librarian: http://www.library.uq.edu.au/asklib/
The Anthropology Museum in the School of Social Science houses a significant collection numbering around 25,000 items. It celebrates the culture, arts and crafts of the indigenous people of Oceania, concentrating on Australia, Torres Strait, New Guinea and island Melanesia, and to a lesser extent Polynesia and Micronesia. It includes ethnographic objects and artefacts, photographs, and archaeological remains such as stone tools.
The holdings cover many aspects of daily life including hunting and gathering, recreation, body adornment, trade and ceremony. Comparative holdings from places such as Africa and Southeast Asia complement this extensive collection. The collection's database can be accessed via http://aumol.usyd.edu.au/.
The Anthropology Museum has a public display gallery that is open during the teaching semesters between the hours 11-3, Tuesday-Thursday. Admission to the gallery during these times is free. Conducted group tours can be arranged outside these hours for a small fee.
Location: Michie Building Room 117, First Level (Office) Second Level for Display Gallery
Telephone: (07) 3365 2674 (Office)
Fax: (07) 3365 1544
University of Queensland Archaeological Services Unit (UQASU)
UQASU is a commercial arm of the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. UQASU's mission is to promote excellence in the delivery of archaeological and cultural heritage services to the community. UQASU has two main consulting wings: Aboriginal & Built Heritage and Molecular Services. UQASU undertakes consultancies for a range of organisations and individuals including Aboriginal organisations, Goverment and semi-Government instrumentalities, developers and researchers. UQASU has undertaken cultural heritage assessment in Queensland, New South Wales and Central America and the Molecular Services Division has an international reputation in molecular and archaeological residue analyses.
Location: Michie Building Room 219, Second Level (Office) Telephone: (07) 3365 2887
Fax: (07) 3365 4696
Aboriginal Environments Research Centre
The Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC) is a self-supporting resource and research centre based in the Department of Architecture at the University of Queensland. It was originally established in 1976 as the 'Aboriginal Data Archive' (ADA). The resources of the ADA were gradually built up through the 1970s and 80s. In 1993, the level of services offered from this Unit was such, that the concept was expanded to become a Research Centre entitled the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC). The AERC fulfills three functions: as both an undergraduate and postgraduate teaching centre; a research practice involved in a wide variety of Indigenous projects ranging from land claims to architecture and settlement planning; and, as an archive incorporating an extensive collection of bibliographies, literature and images. This facility includes a unique Aboriginal architecture bibliography. Some resource material is available on the AERC website.
Location: Zelman Cowen Building Room 517
Telephone: (07) 3365 3660
Fax: (07) 3365 4744
University of Queensland Bookshop
The University of Queensland Bookshop has branches on the St Lucia, Ipswich and Gatton campuses of the University of Queensland. The Bookshop carries an extensive collection of general books, textbooks, journals and maps in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Books may be searched for and purchased on-line through a secure link provided from the web address above.
Location: Staff House Road, St Lucia
University of Queensland Press
For the past fifty years University of Queensland Press (UQP) has been at the forefront of innovative Australian publishing. In particular, it has been a pathfinder in developing the writing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. UQP established the David Unaipon Award in 1988 for unpublished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, named in memory of DAVID UNAIPON (1872-1967), the first Aboriginal writer to have a book published in Australia. With over 30 books in the award-winning Black Australian Writers series, UQP is a leading publisher of books by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers.
Location: Staff House Road, St Lucia
Telephone: (07) 3365 2127
Fax: (07) 3365 7579
Staff @ University of Queensland
Many staff at the University of Queensland have expertise in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. The Directory of Staff Expertise at the web address above may be searched for individual staff in particular specialities. For example, searching for "Aborigin*" will return all the staff registered as experts in this field.