In 1976 the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act was tabled in Federal Parliament, with the intent to grant the Hermannsburg land (Ntaria) as a single title to be held by a single Aboriginal Land Trust.
FRM personnel sought responses from people living in and around the Hermannsburg lease, which resulted in 18 submissions to Parliament. FRM personnel and representatives of land areas within the lease mapped the cultural, social and geographical stories within the area. The Hermannsburg Mapping Program included extensive aerial photography and audio recordings.
On 2 June 1982, five titles of land at Hermannsburg were granted to five separate Aboriginal Land Trusts. The photographs, submissions, aerial photographs, documents and audio recordings are now held at Lutheran Archives in Adelaide. Lutheran Archives and FRM are partnering to digitise audio recordings made on-site so that they can be preserved. The records are extremely culturally significant, containing secret and sacred stories and songs. Access is restricted – yet the recordings must be digitised before the content is lost.
Angela Schilling is Lutheran Archives Collections Archivist.
You can donate to this project through Lutheran Archives online at https://donation.lca.org.au/project?id=P21021 to FRM (online at https://donation.lca.org.au/project?id=P21061), noting that your donation supports the Hermannsburg Land Right digitisation project. Both options are tax-deductible.
Alternatively, you can donate to Lutheran Archives via online banking to BSB 704 942, Account 100846262. Contact us via phone (08 8340 4009) or email (email@example.com) so that we can issue you a tax receipt.