Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander collections can be found in a multitude of institutions.

Books Click here to view resources

Books are great resources for researching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.  Remember not everything is on Google. 

When dealing with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history you search a multitude of books to find a small amount of information. Personally I use the AIATSIS Mura Catalogue to locate relevant books and then search my local library to see if I can view this book.

View our Online Books to read some interesting books


An exhibition, in the most general sense, is an organized presentation and display of a selection of items. In practice, exhibitions usually occur within museums, galleries and exhibition halls, and World's Fairs.

Exhibitions may be permanent displays or temporary, but in common usage, "exhibitions" are considered temporary and usually scheduled to open and close on specific dates. While many exhibitions are shown in just one venue, some exhibitions are shown in multiple locations and are called traveling exhibitions, and some are online exhibitions.

Wantima will be presenting online Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander exhibitions.

Our first online exhibition is Dark Horses, to commemorate Aboriginal soldiers participation in World War One.

A poster is any piece of printed paper designed to be attached to a wall or vertical surface.

Typically posters include both textual and graphic elements, although a poster may be either wholly graphical or wholly text. Posters are designed to be both eye-catching and informative. Posters may be used for many purposes. They are a frequent tool of advertisers (particularly of events, musicians and films), propagandists, protestors and other groups trying to communicate a message. Posters are also used for reproductions of artwork, particularly famous works, and are generally low-cost compared to original artwork.

Ephemera is any transitory written or printed matter not meant to be retained or preserved. 

The word derives from the Greek, meaning things lasting no more than a day. Some collectible ephemera are advertising trade cards, bookmarks, catalogues, greeting cards, mail-out letters, pamphlets, postcards, tickets, and zines.

A zine is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier.

Audio is what I call a sound recording or a reproduction.  It is an electrical or mechanical inscription and re-creation of sound waves, such as spoken voice, singing, instrumental music, or sound effects. 

This is a collection that consist of cassettes tapes, CDs and video tapes.

Photographs Click here to view resources

A photograph or photo is an image created by light falling on a light-sensitive surface, usually photographic film or an electronic medium such as a CCD or a CMOS chip.

Most photographs are created using a camera, which uses a lens to focus the scene's visible wavelengths of light into a reproduction of what the human eye would see. 

The word "photograph" was coined in 1839 by Sir John Herschel and is based on the Greek meaning  "drawing with light".

View the John Oxley library Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander photographic listing and our Wantima photographic site.

Diaries and Notepads Click here to view resources

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Descriptions of collections types came from Wikipedia.

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