Explore the growing digital archive of deaf history in Australia.

Collection: Language

  • How Auslan got its name

    How Auslan got its name

    June 18, 2024
    Auslan is an essential part of our lives, culture and community. Here we are collecting artefacts that show how the…
  • Manual alphabet, 1862

    Manual alphabet, 1862

    May 31, 2024
    Auslan is an essential part of our lives, culture and community. Here we are collecting artefacts that show how the…
  • How Auslan got its name

    How Auslan got its name

    May 31, 2024
    Auslan is an essential part of our lives, culture and community. Here we are collecting artefacts that show how the…
  • Uniform Signs for the Deaf

    Uniform Signs for the Deaf

    May 31, 2024
    Auslan is an essential part of our lives, culture and community. Here we are collecting artefacts that show how the…
  • Deaf and Dumb Festival

    Deaf and Dumb Festival

    May 31, 2024
    Auslan is an essential part of our lives, culture and community. Here we are collecting artefacts that show how the…
  • Conversation with the Deaf

    Conversation with the Deaf

    May 31, 2024
    Auslan is an essential part of our lives, culture and community. Here we are collecting artefacts that show how the…

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