Kirsten Thorpe is the Manager, Indigenous Services at the State Library of New South Wales. The Branch was established in 2013 to further develop the delivery of collections and services to Indigenous people in NSW. Kirsten is an Indigenous Australian woman, descendant of the Worimi people of Port Stephens New South Wales.
Kirsten’s professional and research interests relate to the return of archival sources of material to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Kirsten is also interested in the opportunities that the digital domain present for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to be actively involved in managing their cultural heritage resources.
Prior to joining the State Library of NSW, Kirsten worked with archival collections at the State archives of NSW and with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Archive (ATSIDA), University of Technology Sydney Library. Kirsten holds a Masters of Information Management and Systems (Professional) from Monash University, Australia a Post Graduate Diploma (Archives and Records) from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Kirsten is a professional member of the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) and current Convenor of the ASA Indigenous Issues Special Interest Group. Kirsten also sits on the National State Libraries of Australasia (NSLA) Indigenous Working Group. Both groups aim to bring discussion on Indigenous perspectives in Libraries and Archives.