The Indigenous Unit became the first family history and photograph unit of its kind with the main focus being to document the Aboriginal history, particularly family history, before the information is lost to time. By setting this precedent, it was hoped that the work being done at the Indigenous Unit would be recognised and followed by other libraries throughout Australia.
Now known as the Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre, housing over 110,000 genealogies of families, records of Aboriginal ex-servicemen, artefacts, art and over 15, 000 photographs the centre is a vital repository for Aboriginal history across the Gamilaroi nation and the whole of NSW.
The centre holds one of the state's largest collections of Aboriginal family records. People of all backgrounds from across the Country make the pilgrimage to the Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre. Whether it's to research family history, learn more about the brave Aboriginal servicemen fighting for our country, better understand the Gamilaroi language or view impressive displays of Aboriginal art, books or artefacts, this centre is a vital part of recognising generations of culture.
After successfully applying for funding to upgrade & renovate the facilities at the Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre, the facility features a refurbished foyer & gallery, purpose-built archival room, a multimedia room, disabled access ramp and bathrooms. The purpose-built archival room has been specially built to the State Library of NSW standards to preserve copious boxes of archives, photographs and genealogy dating back to 1788.
During the renovations a commercial kitchen and additional rooms to hire was also incorporated to allow the Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre to allow us to host exhibitions, events and community gatherings. Please enquire for more information on (02) 6752 1346.
The Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre aims to document, preserve, and protect information and objects which are of significance to the Aboriginal people for use and education now and for future generations.
Dhiiyaan Centre Moree
38 Albert Street, Moree
Ph: (02) 6752 1346