The legacy of Tindale explored at Burdekin Library Ayr

The legacy of the Tindale Genealogical Collection and its significance to Indigenous Australians is explored in Transforming Tindale, on display at Burdekin Library Ayr between June and July.

A travelling exhibition from State Library of Queensland, Transforming Tindale combines scientific photographs with digitised artworks by Queensland artist Vernon Ah Kee.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the exhibition brought new meaning to the work of anthropologist Norman Tindale and his expedition into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in 1938.

“Norman Tindale recorded vast amounts of genealogical information about Indigenous communities from all over Australia with more than 50,000 Indigenous people included in the genealogies, as well as thousands of named photographic portraits,” Ms Wright said.

“These records are an invaluable resource for relatives, yet also are a source of contention surrounding the treatment of Aboriginal Australians.”

Burdekin Mayor Bill Lowis said Burdekin residents could explore photographs and genealogical information from the Queensland Aboriginal communities of Mona Mona, Yarrabah, Palm Island, Woorabinda, Hope Vale and Cherbourg.

“This exhibition takes visitors on a thought-provoking journey through the Tindale Collection and its place in Queensland’s history,” he said.

Transforming Tindale is on display at Burdekin Library from June 28 to July 14, 2014.  The virtual exhibition can be found on SLQ’s website at .

The collection itself, held by the South Australian Museum, can be accessed through an online State Library of Queensland index at

As part of the Tindale Travelling Exhibition, CityLibraries Townsville Indigenous Resources Officer Janeese Henaway will visit the Burdekin Library Ayr on Thursday, July 10, from 3.30pm-4.30pm to talk about the resources on offer that can help with family history and ancestry.

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