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Talkback Classroom, 2007: Yirrkala bark petition

In this clip Franchesca Cubillo (senior curator at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory) talks to secondary students about the significance of Aboriginal artwork and the Yirrkala bark petition of 1963. She says that when a bauxite mine was proposed on the Gove Pensinsula, the Yolngu people at Yirrkala had ...

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Australian protest badges, 1985-95

These are five enamelled metal badges relating to environmental and Indigenous activism in Australia between 1985 and 1995. Each badge has symbols and slogans. The following text communicates the five messages: 'NO FORESTS / NO FUTURE', 'NO TIME TO WASTE / GREENPEACE', 'White Australia has a black history', 'MAY DAY 1993, ...

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First Australians, episode 7: We are no longer shadows, 2008

This resource features three clips from the television series First Australians. The clips focus on Eddie 'Koiki' Mabo's land claim. The first clip describes the background to his struggle for land rights and its context in the civil rights movement; the second highlights Queensland legislation to try to block the claim ...

Interactive resource

Mining Indigenous land

Explore arguments for and against a proposal to mine Indigenous land. Examine interviews with a mining executive, conservationists and Indigenous people. Recommended an action and give reasons to justify your decision.

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Making a difference: Windradyne

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Windradyne, a Wiradjuri warrior and leader. Trace his story, including battles where he led his people against European settlers claiming land around the Bathurst region. Look at Windradyne's efforts to make peace between his people and ...

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Making a difference: Vincent Lingiari

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about Vincent Lingiari. Trace his story, including the leadership of the Wave Hill walk-off and the struggle for land rights. Consider the hardship endured by Indigenous peoples living on Wave Hill cattle station. Investigate barriers Lingiari ...

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Ron Merkel discusses the native title claim process, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel talking about the process required for lndigenous communities to mount native title claims. Merkel outlines the criteria for native title to be recognised by the Court. He also talks about how the native title process has involved oral ...

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Ron Merkel discusses the importance of native title, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel talking about the importance of native title claims. Merkel presents his views about the connection between land and identity for Indigenous people and about successful and unsuccessful native title claims. The recording was made in ...

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Ron Merkel discusses the difficulty of handling refugee cases, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel discussing the difficulty of handling refugee cases. Merkel outlines how criteria from the UN refugee convention are used to make a judgement about whether a person is a genuine refugee. He explains that 'it's a very imperfect process' ...

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Ron Merkel explains why he retired as a judge, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel outlining the reasons why he retired as a judge to resume work as a barrister. Merkel says that Australia had just gone through a period during which human rights had become a 'big issue' and he wanted to focus on human rights in the ...

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Ron Merkel discusses the phrase 'washed away by the tide of history', 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel discussing a High Court of Australia judge's statement that a person's right to native title may have been 'washed away by the tide of history'. Merkel describes the expression, used by one of the judges in the Mabo native title case, ...

Teacher resource

Changing whispers into roars - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea suggests many different activities for developing students’ awareness of change over time using carefully selected images from Australia’s past. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

Teacher resource

Aboriginal rights - Teacher idea

In this Teacher idea, students create a photographic essay about Australia's Indigenous peoples’ struggle for recognition and civil rights. The students use Windows MovieMaker software to make their essay. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Batman Land Deed, 1835

This is a handwritten document in dark-brown ink on vellum, being one of two deeds signed by local Indigenous people and the Port Phillip Association in 1835. It is known as the 'Dutigalla' or 'Melbourne Deed'. The text begins with 'Know all Persons ...' in bold and encased in scrolls. In the lower right corner are eight ...

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Jabiluka, 1997: Safe uranium mining

This clip shows the site of the proposed Jabiluka uranium mine in the Northern Territory and the debate surrounding it. The clip opens with aerial views of the proposed location with a voice-over commentary explaining the sacred significance of the mine site to the Indigenous Mirrar people and the danger it poses to Kakadu's ...

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Aboriginal representation in federal parliament - a 'just' request, 1949

This is a letter dated 14 September 1949 from Labor member of parliament Kim Beazley snr to prime minister Ben Chifley. It discusses whether it would be possible to legislate for Aboriginal representation in federal parliament, and if it would be possible to hold a referendum to give the Commonwealth power over Aboriginal ...

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William Cooper's petition to the King, 1934

This image shows a typed page from a formal petition to the King from the 'Aboriginal Inhabitants of Australia' requesting his intercession 'to prevent the extinction of the Aboriginal Race', to improve their conditions and give them a voice in federal parliament. The petition declares that by expropriating their land and ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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Ngarrindjeri people and the settlers of the lower Murray River area in the post-colonial period

This collection of eight digital curriculum resources focuses primarily on the Point McLeay Mission Station, established as a refuge for Ngarrindjeri people who had survived the initial impact of colonisation. Other categories in the collection include James Unaipon and David Unaipon, two significant Ngarrindjeri leaders, ...