In mid-1982 a small bookshop was set up in the front room at Tranby – the first home for BLACKBOOKS®️. The original logo was developed to represent the strength and importance of Aboriginal voices as written works.
The first BLACKBOOKS®️ catalogue was produced in 1983, with this logo featured, and was distributed to schools, organisations, communities and individuals across Australia. Our new logo represents the stand that we as Aboriginal people are taking in the Truth Telling that is vitally important to the future of Australia.
Welcome to BLACKBOOKS.online a division of Tranby Aboriginal Co-operative Limited.
We are working to (re)establish BLACKBOOKS®️ across the Australian (Global) literary and publishing supply chain through a series of strategic interventions aimed at creating an eco-system of authority and expertise led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content creators, cultural producers and community led development organisations.
Originally established in 1982 BLACKBOOKS®️ went into abeyance in the 1990s and is planning a 2022 re-launch as a social enterprise with profits going into Aboriginal community controlled education and community development programs.