Project: Indigenous Australians

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

Are you interested in the Indigenous Australians Project?


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  1. Join up to the Australia Project
  2. Please include your Wikitree ID when sending a join request to the Google Group so we know who you are!
  3. 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.
  4. You can also add your name to the list below with a brief summary of your area of interest.
  5. 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.

Developing Cultural Awareness

Helpful Resources:

1. University of Sydney, National Centre of Cultural Competence. Aboriginal Kinship Presentation


  • Project Goals
  1. Increase the visibility of Indigenous Australians on Wikitree by raising the number of high quality Profiles of our unique First Peoples, including notable and historically significant Aboriginal and Torres Trait Island people.
  2. Welcome and encourage the participation of Indigenous Australians in the project, being aware that not everyone with indigenous genealogy may identify themselves as indigenous and some may be completely unaware of it.


  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. Consistency in recording names on Profiles, including development of Naming Guidelines for Indigenous Australian profiles on WikiTree
  3. Collect and share information on Aboriginal DNA research, testing and interpretation.
  1. For each person:
    1. Cultural content warning added.
    2. All information sourced.
    3. All duplicates merged into lowest number
    4. PPP (Project Protected Profile) added for individuals who are historically significant, contentious or frequently duplicated. Project Box Template added (see below)
    5. Relevant categories added
    6. Project Sticker added (unless project protected or project managed). (see below)
    7. Biography cleaned up and written, using the WikiTree Style Guide.
    8. Connected family meets these goals, too
    9. Connected to the global WikiTree tree


... ... ... is a member of the Indigenous Australians Project

If you wish to add a team sticker to your profile, please add the following text underneath the ==Biography== section.

  • Type: {{Member|Indigenous Australians}}


Profiles added or improved by project members:

Anmatyerr Kathleen Petyarre
Boandik Annie Brice
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
Port Hedland Allan Moarywaalla Barker
Yorta Yorta William Cooper
Senator Neville Bonner AO
Sir Douglas Nicholls KCVO OBE
David Unaipon

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 Protected profiles (PPP).

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 Topic by posting to the Indigenous Australians google group

Indigenous Australians DNA Information Page At this stage we are developing an information page. Discuss in the Google Group.
Aboriginal Women Who Were First (proposed topic) 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 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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