Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections

©Michael Myers

Feather string (detail, ET85.26.2). Yolŋu artist: B. Baŋuyarri Burarrwaŋa ©Michael Myers

The Macleay Museum's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island heritage collections include over 2000 historically significant objects, photographs and culturally important materials held on behalf of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia.

The Macleay Museum recognises and proactively asserts the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples deciding the appropriate display, housing and accessibility of its collections and welcomes Indigenous peoples to contribute to the history of these significant collections.

The University of Sydney acknowledges the Gadigal peoples of the Sydney region. It is upon their ancestral lands that the University of Sydney is built. As we share our own knowledge, teaching, learning and research practices within this university may we also pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever within the Aboriginal Custodianship of Country.

The University of Sydney has an active program of repatriation with over 250 repatriations to 40 communities across Australia from its inception in 1994.