Aboriginal Australians family history

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors are kindly advised that this website includes images, sounds and names of people who have passed.

All users should be aware that some topics or historical content may be culturally sensitive, offensive or distressing, and that some images may contain nudity or are of people not yet identified. Certain words, terms or descriptions may reflect the author's/creator's attitude or that of the period in which they were written, but are now considered inappropriate in today's context.

Key to library resources

Access anywhere with a library card In the Library (or anywhere with a Library card for NSW residents)
Available to access in the library Only in the Library
Publicly available online Publicly available

Specific resources for Aboriginal family history


Tindale genealogies

Who can view the Tindale Genealogies?

In the interests of privacy and respect for the communities mentioned in the genealogies, the State Library of NSW has agreed to a restricted access policy, as required by the South Australian Museum. Only direct descendants or those with written approval from communities or families can view the genealogies.

Indigenous services at the State Library of New South Wales

Three people standing in front of a wall

Indigenous Engagement team (pictured above) at the State Library of New South Wales partner with Indigenous communities to share and celebrate stories of Indigenous Australia.

Koori Mail Online

After checking the Australian Indigenous Index you can view issues of the Koori Mail, 1991-present in the Koori Mail Online Collection.

What are the Tindale Genealogies?

Norman Tindale was an anthropologist who recorded vast amounts of genealogical information about Indigenous communities all over Australia, mainly during the 1920s and 1930s. The original documents are held in the South Australian Museum. We have copies of the genealogies and photos for New South Wales.

Read more about the Tindale genealogies.