A project to create spaces for reciprocal collaboration


Aboriginal Archives in Italy is an online space created to promote dialogue and facilitate collaborative research about archival records held in Italian institutions that contain information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and histories.

The goal of this research project is to increase the visibility and accessibility of this documentation while providing a participatory space for replies, curation, and storytelling.

At present, Aboriginal Archives in Italy is a prototype and only offers a sample of this content – new records will be added as the project grows.

Consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) professionals and Community members will drive the development of this platform into the future.

This project has been created by Monica Galassi as part of her doctoral studies at the School of International Studies and Education at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FAAS), University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and in partnership with the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research and other Italian partners.

The hero artwork was created by Butchulla archivist and academic Rose Barrowcliffe in response to the Italian collections.

the digital archive prototype

A digital space dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals, Community members and organisations to find information and resources about archival collections held in Italy. 

always was, always will be

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Custodians of all land and waters of the country we now call Australia. We recognise that their sovereignty has never been ceded.

The photo on the homepage was taken at the Ngunnhu fish traps on the Barwon River, in the outskirt of the town of Bewarrina, NSW. The fish traps are a complex network of river stones arranged to form ponds and channels that catch fish as they travel downstream. The 40,000-year-old heritage-listed fish traps are known as the oldest human-made structures in the world. Photo courtesy of Alex Byrne.



We inform visitors that the historical images in the digital archive show images, voices and names of Aboriginal peoples who have passed away.

Many of the photographs and texts on the site relate to topics and events of colonisation and may include depictions that are offensive or racist in today’s context.



Informiamo i visitatori di questo sito che le immagini storiche nell’archivio digitale mostrano immagini, voci e nomi di persone Aborigene che sono morte.

Molte delle fotografie e dei testi presenti nel sito riguardano temi ed eventi relativi alla colonizzazione e possono includere descrizioni considerate offensive o razziste nel contesto odierno.


Welcome / Benvenuti

This project is grounded in the values of Relational Accountability, Reciprocity, and Respect, and in the recognition of the importance of mutual deep listening. To find out more, visit the ‘Methodology’ section of the site.

Everyone engaging with this project will be required to account for these values.


Questo progetto si fonda sui valori di Responsabilità, Reciprocità e Rispetto, e nel riconoscimento dell’importanza dell’ascolto reciproco. Per saperne di più visita la sezione ‘Metodologia’ del sito.

Tutti coloro coinvolti in questo progetto sono tenuti a tenere conto di questi valori.