Caitlyn LeRoy, who works at the NFSA, discovers in the collection early footage of her family and place of birth.
WARNING: this article may contain names, images or voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Caitlyn LeRoy hasn’t been back to the place she calls home for a decade, but discovering footage of her family in the NFSA collection has helped to strengthen her connection to the land and its culture.
A member of the NFSA Collections Conservation team, Caitlyn spent the first five years of her life on Mornington Island, a remote community in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The island has been occupied by its traditional owners, the Lardil people, for thousands of years.
When Caitlyn searched the collection catalogue for the term ‘Mornington Island’, she was amazed by what she found.