On August 12, I wrote a brief article about the Western Australian Government purchase of what is being described as the most significant private collection of Aboriginal records and photographs in Australia. The 74,000 individual records and more than 7,000 photographs were gathered over 30 years by Northam genealogist, Jan Goodacre. You can read that short article here.
Now aboriginal groups have called a meeting in Perth on September 7 to air their anger over the selling of the database. So great is the interest in the meeting that the venue and date may be changed to accommodate the expected crowd.
There are claims of violations of privacy and family materials not being returned. One Aboriginal family member says a photographic collection assembled by the Northam Aboriginal community was borrowed and not returned.
You can read more on the Avon Valley Advocate's web site at http://tinyurl.com/7eohs