The recordings, made by Lesley Reilly and others at Wadeye (Port Keats), NT, Australia between 1973 and 1983, include important public events, significant song traditions (thanpa, wangga, lirrga, wurlthirri) and stories in local languages (including Marri Ngarr, Murrinh-patha, Marritjevin), as well as recordings of local bands including the Iddiyi Bush Band and the Last Sunset Band. A full contents listing is available.
Lesley Reilly wished to digitise her collection for preservation and access purposes. The original recordings have now been deposited at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, and digital copies are held in the Wadeye Aboriginal Languages Centre Sound Archive and are available for public consultation at the Wadeye Knowledge Centre, a branch of the Northern Territory Library and Information Service.
© Linda Barwick 2001, 2003