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Women's suffrage in New Zealand

This collection of eight digital curriculum resources focuses on women's suffrage in New Zealand in the period when the self-governing British colony became the first to grant adult women the right to vote. The collection looks at significant women who campaigned for women's suffrage; satirical cartoons from contemporary ...


Women's suffrage in Australia

This collection of 20 digital curriculum resources is about the struggle of women to achieve the vote in Australia in the 19th and 20th centuries. It includes interactive learning objects and images about the women involved in suffrage in South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Cartoons ...


Charles Perkins and the Freedom Ride

This collection of eight resources focuses on Indigenous activist Charles Perkins during the years he spent at Sydney University (1963-65), and on the Freedom Ride protest of February 1965. The Freedom Ride travelled through rural New South Wales, meeting Indigenous people and identifying and protesting against examples ...


Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda, 1932-34

This is a collection of primary and secondary sources about Dhakiyarr Wirrpanda, a Yolgnu elder from north-east Arnhem Land and the first Indigenous Australian whose case was considered by the High Court. The collection is introduced by the newspaper cuttings, seen here, which link to a richly documented account of the ...


Collaborating for Indigenous rights, 1957-73

Developed by the National Museum of Australia, this website focuses on activists' campaigns for the civil and land rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The website has seven sections: the fight for civil rights; the struggle for land rights; people; organisations; a timeline; a map; and resources. ...


Equal pay for equal work

This collection of 22 resources focuses on the struggle to achieve equal pay in Australia. The collection is organised in eight categories - less pay for women; less pay for Indigenous Australians; leaders in the struggle; the Victorian tailoresses' strike of 1882-83; the Torres Strait pearl divers' strike of 1936; the ...


William Barak

This collection of 11 digital curriculum resources focuses on William Barak, a significant Indigenous leader and artist in Victoria in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is organised into four categories - William Barak depicted over three decades; his role as leader of the people living at Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve; ...


Oodgeroo Noonuccal

This collection of 13 digital curriculum resources focuses on Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920-93), renowned Indigenous poet, activist and artist. It is organised into four categories - her life; role as an activist; fame as a poet; and emergence as a visual artist. The collection includes photographs, a pamphlet, a leaflet, interviews, ...


William Cooper, Indigenous Australian activist

This collection of seven digital curriculum resources includes archival photographs, a newsreel clip and a learning object on William Cooper, a significant Yorta Yorta leader and activist of the 1930s, as well as an interview with his grandson. The collection is organised into three categories - William Cooper and his family; ...


Day of Mourning protest

On the 150th anniversary of the British landing at Sydney Cove, a group of Indigenous activists conducted a silent protest action and held a ground-breaking conference to campaign for equal rights. This collection of seven digital curriculum resources includes archival photographs, a home movie clip and a learning object ...


Wiradjuri people and the settlers of inland New South Wales

This collection of eight digital curriculum resources, including archival photographs, paintings, sketches and a learning object, is organised into four categories - first contact; Windradyne; maintaining culture; and Jimmy Clements ('King Billy'). The collection focuses on the history of relations between the Wiradjuri ...


Wurundjeri people and the settlers of Port Phillip and beyond

This collection of 12 digital curriculum resources, including historical photographs, paintings, an archival document and a learning object, is organised into four categories - first contact with John Batman; Simon Wonga; William Barak; living at the Coranderrk Reserve; and the threatened closure of Coranderrk Reserve. ...


Indigenous people and British colonists in the area that became Sydney

This collection of 12 digital curriculum resources includes information about colonial attempts to achieve Indigenous people's cooperation; the abduction and life of Bennelong; Indigenous choices between resistance and cooperation; the life of Bungaree; and an effect of the colonial grog culture. While the collection includes ...


Aboriginal stockmen and the pastoral industry

This is a collection of ten digital curriculum resources focusing on the contribution of Aboriginal stockmen to the Australian cattle industry, particularly in northern Australia. It is grouped into three categories: working on cattle stations; occasional work as guides; and striking for better pay and conditions. The collection ...


Headlines Through History

How have big events in Australian history been reported in newspapers and magazines? Newspapers and magazines inform, manipulate, frustrate and entertain us. In them we can find the heroes and villains of the day, fact and opinion, and the aspirations of previous generations of Australians. Before the internet, newspapers ...


Righting wrongs in the 1967 referendum

On 27 May 1967 the Australian people supported two amendments to the Constitution for Indigenous Australian recognition. This collection delves into the records of the referendum, changes to the Constitution and the background story.