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Sydney University students outside their Freedom Ride bus, 1965

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Indigenous Australian activist Charles Perkins (centre front) and other members of the Student Action for Aborigines (SAFA) group in front of their protest bus. The photograph was taken in Walgett in the far north-west of New South Wales during the students' bus tour of New South ...


Jimmy Little at a National Aborigines Day ceremony, c1965

This is a black-and-white photograph taken by Mervyn Bishop. It shows three Indigenous Australian men, one of whom is well-known singer Jimmy Little (on the right), in an introduction line. A non-Indigenous man, possibly a New South Wales politician, is being introduced to Little and shaking hands. The ceremony, in Martin ...

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World heritage: Kakadu information display

Look at descriptions of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. Help a park ranger to sort facts and pictures for an information display. Use a model structure, sample text and images to build a description for visitors. Include sections on the park's location, wildlife and cultural importance.


Cheeky Dog, 2006: Dion the artist

This clip shows an interview with Joie Boulter, the carer for Dion Beasley, a young Tennant Creek artist, talking about his art and the creation of the Cheeky Dog label to market his work. Her narration is illustrated with rapidly changing images of T-shirts decorated with Dion's art, accompanied by techno music. Short ...

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Aboriginal astronomy

This resource is designed to support the teaching of Australian Aboriginal astronomy in Stage 3. It includes many examples of how Aboriginal people used their knowledge of astronomy to manage daily activities, such as food gathering and ceremonial activities. It also highlights how they explained the origins of many features ...


Indigenous Australians defending their land, c1817

This is a 17.7 cm x 27.9 cm watercolour showing about 40 Indigenous Australian people attacking a rowboat carrying five colonists. Most of the warriors are on a steep, rocky headland and those close to the water have spears raised. Two appear to be picking up stones while those further up the cliff watch on. About ten Indigenous ...


My Survival as an Aboriginal, 1978: Go away

This clip shows Indigenous Australian activist Essie Coffey in the bush near Brewarrina in western New South Wales passing on cultural knowledge to Indigenous children. She says that the white education they receive at school often leads to them forgetting their Indigenous heritage, and stresses how important it is that ...


Camp at Yuendumu, 1974

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken on 27 June 1974 by Aboriginal photographer Mervyn Bishop, showing an Indigenous Australian settlement at Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. The central focus is a lean-to hut known as a humpy, constructed of what appears to be cloth draped over sticks. On the ground around the ...


Indigenous children on Yarrabah school bus, mid-1970s

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken by Aboriginal photographer Mervyn Bishop, of the interior of a school bus carrying a number of children, most of whom are Indigenous. They are dressed in uniform and the majority are looking towards the camera. Outside the bus windows, shopfronts and parked cars are partially ...


Gough Whitlam and Vincent Lingiari at Wattie Creek, 1975

This is a black-and-white photograph taken by Indigenous Australian photographer Mervyn Bishop. It shows Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam pouring soil into the hands of Vincent Lingiari, an Elder of the Gurindji people. The photograph was taken during the ceremony to mark the handover of the deeds to Gurindji country, ...


Indigenous women working, Yuendumu Women's Centre, mid-1970s

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in the mid-1970s by Indigenous Australian photographer Mervyn Bishop. It shows two Indigenous women performing domestic duties at the Women's Centre at Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. At left, a woman stands and irons at a partially barred window, while on the right, another ...


Children at Mumeka Homelands Centre, c1975

This is a black-and-white photograph taken by well-known Australian photographer Mervyn Bishop. It depicts nine Indigenous Australian children in a river in Arnhem Land.

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Saibai Island canoe

Take a traditional Torres Strait Island ocean-going canoe on a fishing trip and discover the importance of the sea to the local people. Explore a map of the Torres Strait Islands showing the main island groups. Examine a traditional outrigger canoe from Saibai Island. Look at the origins and construction of the hull, sails, ...