This collection comprises written documents and recordings collected by Elwyn Flint, mostly as part of his long term research project in the 1960s, known as the Queensland Speech Survey. The survey includes recordings of Indigenous Languages spoken by Aboriginal people all over the state and those spoken in the Torres Strait Islands. It remains the largest and broadest collection of languages spoken in Queensland in the 20th century.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander material and information accessed on this site may be culturally sensitive for some individuals and communities. The University of Queensland has approval from traditional owners and/or descendants of the people who participated in Elwyn Flint’s Queensland Speech Survey in the 1960s.
This project is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program.
Researcher: Bloomfield River Language, yes. Researcher: And, Henry, you come from - where do you come from? Near Bloomfield River. What part of - I was up at Bloomfield River last year. What part do you come from? Researcher: What part do you come from, Henry? Participant: Bloomfield River. Researcher: Bloomfield River. Researcher: Near the mouth there? In the camp near the mouth, or somewhere else? Researcher: Because just near the mouth of the river, where I landed - Participant: Yeah. Researcher: There was a little camp there. Participant: Yeah. Researcher: Is that where you came from? Researcher: Or up further? Researcher: Did you come from there or up further? Participant: We belong to Bloomfield River and I bin come from - Participant: Up in the station. Participant: Working on the station. Researcher: Oh I see. Yes, yes. Researcher: And what language do you speak? Do you speak language? Researcher: You speak language? Researcher: You talk a language? Participant: Yeah. Researcher: Well, you tell me a few words then.