The South Australian Museum is custodian of the Australian Aboriginal Material Cultures Collection which is recognized as one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of ethnographic objects. This dynamic research collection consists of items from all regions of Australia and boasts an unparalleled depth both historically and geographically.
The Museum is committed to making these items accessible to Aboriginal communities across Australia, and also has a charter to interpret the collection to a broader Australian and international audience in partnership with Australian Aboriginal communities.
A special project is underway with Principal Sponsorship provided by Newmont Asia Pacific and additional support from the Department of State Development (DSD) (previously the Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE)) to digitise this collection.
Once established, this important new resource will make new and significant cultural information accessible to Australian Aboriginal communities for the benefit of current and future generations.