Aboriginal History Research New England - Family History help for Indigenous Australians


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Local History - Aboriginal History - Family History


The following website's main purpose is to make available, information that will help Aboriginal people with their family history and those wanting to confirm family stories of possible Aboriginal ancestry. The tab above will take you to the free to access index.  The area covered is New England NSW and in particular the towns of Armidale, Bundarra, Glen Innes, Inverell, Tenterfield, Walcha and Wollomombi. I am doing this as a voluntary project and hope that it will help many people find their roots.

I have been lucky to have received emails of thanks from people who have found their missing link.  Sometimes records are hard to dig up, or family stories are not shared. I wish you all the best in your search and hope that you find who you are looking for. 


Please note that the following index contains the names of Aboriginal people who are now deceased.  Some of the language used in the historical documents cited is now seen as inappropriate by today's standards.  
This language has been included for historical accuracy and is often written in quotation marks.




Bush Camp

Early photo of an Aboriginal camp near Armidale. Location or people have not yet being identified. As the land has a slope, there is a chance that it was on the North Hill camp or possibly the area on Grafton road near the rest area before you head out of town. Both were camping areas, the latter being a TSR (travelling stock route).



St Mary's Catholic Primary School - 1950s

Mother Celestine with students shortly after St Mary's Catholic Primary School started enrolling Aboriginal Students as part of their mission to the Aboriginal people of Armidale.  Source:  Australian Woman's Weekly Magazine. Wed 6 November 1957. (article can be found on TROVE)



'Black Emily' thought to be from either Saumarez or Laura Stations.

'Black Emily' - Armidale 1914

'Black Emily' who with other Aboriginal people is said to have attended Harold White's wedding to Molly Baker where they sat in the White family pew.  She is thought to have been from either Saumarez or Laura Stations and research continues to find out more.  Reference: UNE Heritage Centre Armidale - Saumarez Photo Collection. If anyone has any more information about 'Black Emily' we would love to know.