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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Services

Council's Libraries & Creative Industries provide resources and services specifically designed to meet the requirements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians as outlined in the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Strategy 2013-2018.

Nyeumba Meta: Learning House

Welcome to Nyeumba Meta, a space and collection at Logan Central Library, that aims to foster respect for Australian Indigenous cultures. Nyeumba Meta was named in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents, to reflect the Yugambeh and Torres Strait languages. Nyeumba in Yugembah language means “teaching or learning” while Meta in Torres Strait language means “house”.

The space

The Nyeumba Meta space includes a collection, yarning circle and artwork. The space has regular events throughout the year.

The collection

The Nyeumba Meta collection was donated to Logan City Council Libraries in 1998 when the Indigenous Education Unit based at Woodridge State School was closed. Aunty Eileen Williams of the Yugambeh people wished to ensure the collection remained available to the wider community of the City of Logan.

In 2012, a new donation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander items for children was given to the collection by The Salvation Army, Communities for Children, Logan.

The collection includes books, DVDs, jigsaw puzzles and artefacts. These can be used by educational institutions to inform students about Indigenous customs and history.

For more information contact the Regional Librarian – Logan Central Library on 07 3412 4100 or send an email logancentral.library@logan.qld.gov.au.

Our collections

The Nyeumba Meta collection is housed at the Logan Central Library and  includes storytelling kits, books, videos, and artefacts. These can be used by educational institutions to inform students about Indigenous customs and history. For more information contact the Regional Librarian – Logan Central Library on 07 3412 4100 or send an email logancentral.library@logan.qld.gov.au.

The Yugambeh Museum, Language & Heritage Research Centre is located at the corner of Martens Street and Plantation Road, Beenleigh and contains thousands of items and artefacts for research. The library is open by appointment only. To make an appointment contact the Yugambeh Museum on 3807 6155 or admin@yugambeh.com.

Our events

Dreamtime Yarning

Join us for these monthly Dreamtime Yarning story times at Logan Central Library celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. A fun family event with stories, rhymes and activities.

Yarning with our Mob

Yarning with our Mob is held on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 10:30-12:00 noon at Logan Central Library.

Join us for these family events celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Sessions are presented by the Logan District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Elders.

Reading for Reconciliation

The Reading for Reconciliation Book Club is a free book club that meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Logan Central Library at 5pm.

This book club is committed to raising awareness of the shared history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The group does this by reading texts written by or which present the views of Indigenous Australians. It is also an important way for people to learn about the oral history of the indigenous culture – whether indigenous or not.

Our family history resources

  • Logan City Council Family History and Genealogy
    The Logan Libraries Local Studies Collection contains a wealth of resources for anyone commencing or continuing their family history research.
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies
    Finding your family: We can help you to research your Indigenous family history. Our collections have information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families, communities and places. Our Family History Unit can help you to find information in other collections across Australia.
  • National Archives of Australia
    Indigenous family history beyond the National Archives – Fact sheet 270: Many records that are useful for Indigenous family history are not held by the National Archives of Australia. This fact sheet describes some of the records that exist and the organisations you might approach in your research.
  • Centre for Indigenous Family History Studies
    Queensland Aboriginal Genealogy Sources: Resources include Births/Deaths & Marriages; Auditor General Reports, Aboriginal Trackers, Colonial Secretary, Education & School, Employment, Exemptions, Goals & Prisoners, General, Health & Medical, Police & Courts, Protector of Aborigines Letterbooks, Queensland Parliamentary Papers Marriages, Removals, Settlements & Missions and Torres Strait Islanders.
  • Queensland State Archive - Indigenous
    Although entries in these indexes are listed in letter number order, the indexes can be searched by using people and place names. Each entry includes the Queensland State Archives references.
  • Queensland State Archive - Indigenous Resources
    Queensland State Archives (QSA) recognises that access to government information about the Indigenous people of Australia by providing the opportunity to research family and community links, enables individuals to gain an understanding of the historical background to contemporary Indigenous issues and provides valuable information for native title determination and other legal matters.
  • State Library of Queensland - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Queensland
    Locate resources of interest to Aboriginal people, Torres Strait Islanders and general users interested in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander related matters. There are collections that may assist with family histories and genealogies, photographs, ephemera, posters, oral histories and digital stories. The website features information on Indigenous art and music, languages, protocols, Queensland legislation, and missions and reserves.

Our stories

Black Diggers of Logan project

The Black Diggers of Logan project commemorates the Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Australian South Sea Islanders who fought alongside their comrades despite not being officially counted as people of their own nation during the First World War.

Explore the stories of Valentine Hare, Jack Pollard and the Watego brothers George and Murray, four Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen as told by their descendants living in Logan.

Sponsors of Black Diggers of Logan project

This project is proudly supported by Logan City Council and the Queensland Government.

Deadly Stories South East Queensland

The Queensland Government's deadly stories campaign celebrates the many achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and their communities across Queensland. The stories provide an opportunity to share challenges and triumphs, and salute the everyday success stories of Indigenous Queenslanders. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Logan City are represented in Deadly Stories South East Queensland.

Our Aunties & Uncles, digital stories project

The Our Aunties and Uncles Digital Stories Project was supported through funding from the Australian Government's Your Community Heritage Program .

Australian Government Department of the Environment

The project aimed to record the stories of four significant Elders in Logan in their own voices. The Elders were selected through consultation with the Nyeumba Meta Advisory Group. The stories of Uncle Reg Knox, Aunty Eileen Williams, Aunty Robyn Williams and Aunty Flora Cook were filmed and recorded during 2013.

Tellin' Country Logan

Tellin' Country is a State Library of Queensland initiative. Tellin' Country Logan was a digital art project hosted at Logan City Council Libraries in 2013. It provided an opportunity for young Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders to explore cultural identity, history and connection to country and share their stories through digital technologies. View Jingeri Jingeri the hero by Shakira, Shakaya, Shakila and Shakia and Goanna Princess by the Logan Boys: http://youtu.be/Hl808Fwu-0A.

Wajin: the Guardian of Scrubby Creek

Scrubby Creek is a special place in the City of Logan and well known for its wildlife. It was the inspiration for the children's book Wajin: the Guardian of Scrubby Creek by Bev and Reginald (Uncle Reg) Knox.