New online resource helps trace Aboriginal family histories
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt launched the Norman Tindale Collection which includes genealogical information and photographs from Aboriginal communities throughout Australia.
The new online index was created by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Aboriginal History WA to assist Aboriginal people to research their family and community histories.
It contains vast amounts of genealogical information, recorded in 50 Aboriginal communities across Western Australia between 1935 and 1966. The index features more than 14,000 names, photographs, and data cards.
The information contained within the index will assist individuals to access their history and re-establish important links to family, culture and country.
“The Norman Tindale index provides an invaluable platform for Aboriginal people to research their family histories to help understand how their families and communities have been impacted by past government policies. I encourage all Aboriginal people searching for truth to make use of this important resource,” Minister Ben Wyatt said.
“With the existence of several hundred captivating photographs, many of which have never been seen previously, there is no other genealogical collection in Australia quite like this. Having experienced an emotional journey uncovering my own family history, I expect this resource will assist others in travelling the same path. Knowing the truth is an important step towards reconciliation and healing,” he said.