Project: Indigenous Australians

Categories: First Peoples Project | Australian Projects | Indigenous Australians Project

This is a sub-project of the First Peoples Project and of the Australia Project

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that
this page may contain names and images of people who have died.
Indigenous Australians Project

The mission of the project is to add and improve profiles of Indigenous Australians. Project members take primary responsibility for relevant profiles or family groups and work on merging duplicates, cleaning up profiles, adding sources, removing incorrect information and offer research assistance as needed.

Are you interested in the Indigenous Australians Project?


How to Join first_peoples.gif

  1. Please include your Wikitree ID when sending a join request to the Google Group so we know who you are!
  2. Add the line [[Category:Indigenous Australians Project ]] to the text area of your profile page. This will add you to the list of participants on the Indigenous Australians Project Category page.
  3. You can also add your name to the list below with a brief summary of your area of interest.
  4. Check out the Task list below to find something to help us work on, and add yourself (or ask one of us to) to that task.


  • Project Goals
  1. Consistency in recording names in Profiles. (Discuss this on G2G using the tag indigenous _australians)
  2. Collect and share information on Aboriginal DNA research, testing and interpretation.
  3. Sensitivity. Be aware that not everyone with indigenous genealogy may identify themselves as indigenous and some may be completely unaware of it.
  4. Increase the visibility of Indigenous Australians on Wikitree by raising the number of high quality Profiles of our unique First Peoples.
  5. Welcome and encourage the participation of Indigenous Australians living today.


  1. Identify people whose profiles need to be added to Wikitree, and existing profiles that need work. List these under Profiles on this page.
  2. Discuss and decide upon a consistent method of recording names in Profiles. Share your ideas on G2G using the tag indigenous_australians
  3. For each person:
    1. Cultural content alert added.
    2. All information Sourced.
    3. All duplicates merged into lowest number
    4. PPP (Project Protected Profile) added only for individuals who are historically significant or are the subject of many merges.
    5. Pertaining categories added
    6. Project Sticker added (see this page)
    7. Add the Project Box Template if applicable (see this page)
    8. Biography cleaned up and written, using the WikiTree Style Guide (can work with Profile Improvement Project for help)
    9. Connected family meets these goals, too
    10. Attached to the main WikiTree family tree (ask the GFR for help) (Can someone explain what the GFR is?)

Project Scope

This is a sub-project of the First Peoples Project. The project includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their descendants. The time frame will cover pre-colonial until the present.


Volunteers working on the project may add themselves to this list.

  • Irene Dillon - Project Leader. Answering questions and working to add and improve profiles.
  • Anne Tichborne - Project Co-ordinator. I'm researching the pre-colonial people living on Kangaroo Island, South Australia, which included a number of aboriginal people, mainly women. I've written a page titled "Straitsmen and Straits Women" to explain why these women were on the Island, far from their homelands.
  • John Walker Australian born with a possible indigenous line (unproven but suggestive). Would like to help add famous Aboriginals. I'm located currently in Gunnedah NSW, a town that's gets it's name from a Aboriginal Cheif also known as the Red Chief.
  • Chris Laughton Have been adding Indigenous Australian 'notables' since 2015 when I first became aware that there were none on Wikitree. The emphasis has always been on the important part they have played since their land was invaded in 1788; the strength of their culture having kept them going despite the odds against them, continuing to the present time, from the materialistic, colonial, empire building invaders.
  • Peter Jones
  • Gillian Thomas - Working on the Aboriginal families of/on Flinders Island.
  • Phillip McMahon
  • Simon Ross
  • Purple Pettit
  • Mary Gorman Working on Sub-Project, Aboriginal Women Who Were First, inspired by Five Indigenous Women Who Didn't Get Credit
  • Cayley Burton
  • Leisa Kelly Im looking at the social history of my home town, Ourimbah. The indigenous part of this history is difficult to uncover. The story so far is that they were there and then they weren't. Who were "they"?? What happened??


Profiles added or improved by project members:

Anmatyerr Kathleen Petyarre
Ngarrindjeri James Ngunaitponi
Ngarrindjeri Henrietta Smith Unaipon
Ngarrindjeri Nymbulda Wariamine
Palawa John Briggs
Palawa William Lanne
Palawa Mannalargenna
Palawa Dalrymple "Dolly" Briggs
Palawa Poolrerrener
Palawa Nathaniel Thomas Simpson
Palawa Fanny Cochrane Smith
Palawa Tanlebonyer
Palawa Hannah (Thomas) Simpson
Palawa Mary (Thomas) Seymour
Palawa Sam Thomas
Palawa Edward Tomlins
Palawa Truganini
Palawa Wapperty
Palawa Woretemoeteyenner
Yorta Yorta William Cooper

Profiles that need work:
(List here)

Profiles to be added - can you add any of these?
(List here)

  • Makekerledede, Sister of Truganini from Bruny Island, Tas. Known on Kangaroo Island as "Sal", "Big Sal" and "Bumblefoot Sal".
  • "Suke", original name unknown, from Cape Portland, Vic. she spent years on Kangaroo Island, both before and after colonisation.
  • Donald William McLeod 1909-1999 Campaigner for Aboriginal Rights
  • Kathleen Petyarre Distinguished artist who passed away November 2018. Petyarre-1 had now been added by Chris Laughton

Other Profiles relevant to the stories of Indigenous families.
(List here)

  • George Augustus Robinson Commandant at the Wybalenna Aboriginal Establishment from 1836 and "Chief Protector of Aborigines" in the Port Phillip, Victoria, District (including Tasmania) from 1839.

Project Box Template

Please note that the Project Sticker Template should be placed beneath the == Biography == heading. The Project Box for Project Protected Profiles will be placed above it. Normally, only the Project Sticker will need to be used.

The Project Box is only for Project Protection and profiles which are currently being maintained by the project itself.

Aboriginal Flag
... ... ... was an Indigenous Australian.
Join: Indigenous Australians Project

Project Sticker

This Sticker is for all persons ...

Sample usage:

{{Indigenous Australians Sticker}}

Result: (will always display aligned to the right of the Biography)

... ... ... is an Indigenous Australian.

Sub Projects

You may propose a Sub Project by adding a note here, or post your idea in the G2G forum using the tag indigenous_australians

Indigenous Australians DNA Information Page At this stage we are developing an information page. Discuss in the Google Group. Contact Anne if you would like to join.
Aboriginal Women Who Were First (proposed sub-project) Inspired by : Five Indigenous Women Who Didn't Get Credit. Contact Mary Gorman if you'd like to work on these Profiles. Completed by Chris Laughton: Marion Elizabeth (Smith) Walls
Torres Strait Islanders This Sub-Project needs a Co-ordinator and a list of goals and achievements. These Profiles have been completed: Sambo-6, 7, 8 and 9 were added by Chris Laughton in 2015 and 2016. Wikipedia lists 6 living notables, 4 in the sports world, 1 in politics and 1entertainer; as well as naming 10 artists.

Information, Resources, Images

For useful links and more, go to: Indigenous_Australians Project Resource Page

Other Space Pages

List other relevant Space Pages

Straitsmen and Straits Women The mixed race whaling & sealing community of Australia's southern waters, 1800-1850
Tasmania's Black War

Use of the Aboriginal Flag

The Aboriginal Flag has been listed as an official Flag of Australia under the Flags Act since 1995. It was designed by Harold Thomas, a Luritja man of Central Australia and graduate of the South Australian School of Art. It was first flown in 1971.

Reproducing the flag is restricted in Australia, but the design does not pass the threshold of originality for copyright in the United States. The image is ineligible for copyright and therefore is in the public domain in the United States because it consists entirely of typefaces, individual words, handwriting, slogans, simple geometric shapes, etc. [1] As Wilkitree is a US organisation there is no copyright issue. [2]


  1. Wikipedia, accessed November 2018.
  2. C. Whitten, 5 November 2018

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