Video Post: Returning Photos to the Kimberley

Returning photos to Indigenous Australia

A project returning photos of Aboriginal Australia from the mid 1800s back to communities sees Kimberley locals, young and old, searching for familiar faces. Meet them at

Posted by ABC Kimberley on Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Credit: ABC Journalist – Emily J Smith

The Returning Photos team recently returned from a successful trip to the KALACC 2017 Kimberley Cultural Festival held at Lombadina, north of Broome. After working closely with the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre staff for well over a year prior to the Festival, our team were able to return photographs to community members during the three day event as well as inform people about our project. As part of the event, we were grateful for the additional inclusion of photographic collections from the Berndt Museum at the University of Western Australia who hold one of the largest Aboriginal photographic archives in Australia.

We are grateful to the staff and Board Members of KALACC – in particular Mr. Tom Lawford, the Berndt Museum and of course our overseas partners who helped facilitate this project. Also many thanks to Community members who were able to add information and names to previously unidentified people.