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Listed under:  Society  >  Citizenship  >  Active citizenship

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. ...

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Indigenous Australian activism, 1974

For generations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have sought to regain custodianship of the land taken from them since the arrival of Europeans in Australia. In the early 1970s, protests and demonstrations signified the beginning of the Land Rights movement. In this clip, Indigenous Australian activist Sam ...

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Aunty Ida West: Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder, 1995

Imagine being told not to speak your own language to your family and friends. Even worse, imagine being told that your whole culture had vanished, when you know it has not. These challenges were faced by Aboriginal people in the 20th century. In this clip, discover how Aunty Ida West's background and life experiences forged ...

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Australia's 1967 Referendum

Why have the results of the 1967 Referendum had a lasting symbolic significance? Civil rights activist Faith Bandler describes a long and well-organised struggle for the referendum and the reasons for it. Find out what percentage of Australians voted to alter the Constitution so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ...

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Fighting conscription, 1966

What would you do If your government tried to force you to fight in what you believed to be an unjust war? Conscription (compulsory military service) was instated in Australia in 1964. From 1965 to 1972, Australian troops, including conscripts, were sent to the Vietnam War. Listen to US President Johnson encouraging Australians ...


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 ...


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; ...


Walking through a Minefield, 1999: The right to protest

This clip shows Australians, in a variety of settings, being interviewed about activism. A woman speaks of becoming blasé about being arrested for her involvement in protests. Another woman talks about her concerns that being arrested as a protester could affect her future employment and travel plans. A woman and a man ...


'Clean up Australia' 10th birthday promotional poster, 1999

This is a poster both celebrating the 10th birthday of 'Clean Up Australia' and asking for the community's continuing support on Sunday 7 March 1999. 'All we really want is your presence' is the main message. Under the text is a stylised representation of Australia, surrounded by a fan of golden yellow lines representing ...


Sticker advocating zero population growth, 1977

This is a rectangular paper sticker calling for zero population growth, created in 1977 by the Zero Population Growth organisation in Queensland. 'TROUBLE PARKING?' is printed on along the top in a black jungle-style font on a pink background and 'SUPPORT ZERO POPULATION GROWTH' is printed across the bottom section in a ...


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, ...


Badge protesting against labelling of gay and lesbian minority, c1979

This is a circular badge with light blue background, featuring the word 'MEMBER' printed in white capital letters across the centre within a wide orange stripe. The words 'IMMORAL' and 'MINORITY', also in white capitals, are printed across the top and bottom respectively. There is slight rust at the top of the badge and ...


'We're Not All Straight in the Garden State' badge, c1980

This is a round cream-coloured badge with a green perimeter and 'We're Not All Straight in the Garden State' inscribed in green across the face. The badge is plastic coated and has metal backing with a pin attached. Its diameter is 44 mm.


Badge proclaiming pride in sexual orientation, c1980

This is a black metal badge with 'out proud and fighting' printed on it in stylised black-and-yellow print. There are yellow joined female symbols at centre left and yellow joined male symbols at centre right. At the bottom is a small yellow square containing the black letters 'IS'. The badge was in use at some time between ...


Badge against presumption of heterosexuality, c1980

This is a circular mottled fawn-coloured badge with 'How dare you presume I'm heterosexual' printed across its centre. The words are black except for 'dare', which is pink. The diameter of this badge is 4.40 cm


Allan Trainor tiling roof of Brian and Vera Watson's house, Greensborough, c1959

This black-and-white photograph features a tiler, Allan Trainor, standing on the roof of a house being built for Brian and Vera Watson in Greensborough in around 1959. This photograph was collected as part of Museum Victoria's Melbourne's Biggest Family Album project in 2006.


Banner - Operative Painters' and Decorators' Union of Australasia, Victorian Branch, 1915

This is a large double-sided trade union banner made by W G Dunstan for the Operative Painters' and Decorators' Union of Australasia, Victorian Branch. It consists of a single piece of unprimed canvas, with images painted in oils on both sides. The banner has a red fringe on the bottom and hangs from a metal rod attached ...


Banner - Operative Painters and Decorators of Australasia, South Australian Branch

This is a painted canvas banner created for the Operative Painters and Decorators of Australasia, South Australian Branch. The banner depicts the female form of Justice, blindfolded and holding balance scales in her left hand while her right hand holds a sword pointing to the ground. Underneath her is written in black outline ...


Banner of the Australian Tramway Employees Association, Victorian Branch, 1916

This is a double-sided painted canvas banner, made by George Grant. On one side are representations of two uniformed members holding the Association’s emblem aloft, beneath which the Brunswick tram and Municipal tramway are depicted in four separate images. 'THE AUSTRALIAN TRAMWAYS EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION / VICTORIAN BRANCH' ...


Banner of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers, Blacksmiths, Fitters, Patternmakers, Turners and Machinists, Ballarat Branch, 1890

This is a painted canvas banner made by Kift and Smith. The banner has a scene of mountains and a lake over a pale blue background. On the left is a steam engine and superimposed on the right, a large engine. In the centre, within a shield shape, is a scene of a lake and mountains and the Canadian, Australian and US flags. ...