General Search Stategies

Some suggested keywords that can be used to search the library catalogue and the Internet – this is not an exhaustive list.

Some search keywords
  • aboriginal australia
  • torres strait islanders
  • aboriginal history
  • aboriginal archaeological sites
  • indigenous australian history
  • combine these search terms with specific keywords e.g. culture, timeline, artefacts, history

Ancient Australia

Australian History Mysteries  Aboriginal rock art
– Lake Mungo archaeological site in southern NSW. Case study help students to understand what Lake Mungo was, and how it became what it is today. From National Museum of Australia. Password required – ask at Library.

Declared Indigenous Protected Areas 
– these areas are actively managed by the Indigenous owners, who protect their land’s plants, animals and cultural sites. Case studies from all Australian states. From Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Identifying Aboriginal sites
– Aboriginal occupation sites are places that show that Aboriginal people lived in an area. Describes different types of  Aboriginal sites and includes video. From NSW Aboriginal Heritage Office

Mungo National Park  video
– information and videos about the change in environment over 45,000 years, Mungo archaeology, Ancient footprints, Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, Traditional Aboriginal groups of the area. From NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

Map of Aboriginal Australia
– shows location of  Aboriginal groups. Created by Dr David Horton


Image reference:
Durkin, L 2012, Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr Art Site, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia, Photograph, Flickr, accessed 18 July 2013, <,_Kakadu_National_Park,_Northern_Territory,_Australia-9June2012.jpg>, Creative Commons license: <>.