In 1998, Lorraine Coppin bought a cassette tape recorder to preserve the stories of Woodley King — a Yindjibarndi Elder — founder of Ngurrawaana Community between Millstream-Chichester National Park and Gregory Gorge — and her partner (Juluwarlu’s co-founder) Michael Woodley’s grandfather. From that first cassette tape, the Juluwarlu organisation and the Juluwarlu Archive was created.

By 2016 the Archive was the repository of hundreds of audio recordings, film, videotape media and thousands of photos in every format from, paper, slide, negative and digital file. Not only were these artifacts created or collected in-house (or out on country) by the Juluwarlu team, the Archive was the recipient of many significant donations of collections from private individuals.

As the collection grew in scope, a digital cataloguing system was developed to allow the public and community to search the collection. Initially this was based on software created for the South Australian Ara Irititja Project. While we retain this package for public access to our photo collections, our catalogue management has been moved to custom software based on Filemaker Pro to better reflect our concern with the country, language, culture, plants and animals of the Yindjibardi people.

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