The Indigenous Services team were honoured to travel to Dubbo, Country of the Tubbagah People of the Wiradjuri Nation, to share information and resources on Indigenous family history research. Anne Reddacliffe and Melissa Jackson were recently invited by Macquarie Regional Library Director John Bayliss to present an extensive workshop on Indigenous family history for regional librarians, Connecting Culture: Tracing Ancestors.
Connecting Culture: Tracing Ancestors is a family history research workshop run by Indigenous Services, that outlines resources and strategies that may assist people in their genealogical journey including:
- techniques to search the Library's collections;
- discussion of significant collections held at the Library relating to the local area;
- tips for using other important resources for Aboriginal family history research.
The team also shared great online resources to start research on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander genealogy and family connections.
There was a wonderful response with participants travelling from as far as Cobar in the west and Mudgee in the east, and the team had a lot of fun and great insights from participants! Workshops like this and more are offered by the Indigenous Services team through the year and across NSW, to assist public libraries in developing responsive collections and services for their local Aboriginal communities. Check out the Indigenous Spaces in Library Places strategy to know more, and to see how many opportunities there are to connect with the Library onsite and online.
Visiting Dubbo also gave Anne and Melissa the opportunity to not only connect with library staff and community Elders, but to visit the magnificent mural of Pearl Gibbs by artist Matt Adnate. The mural also featured an image of a beautiful young local girl named Dakota. The mural is an evocative exploration of the strength of the past in Elders like Pearl, and the brightness of the future with youth like Dakota.
Thanks to the Macquarie Regional Library staff for this great opportunity and for all the participants that made this day so special!