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Neville Bonner, 1991: beginnings

This clip shows Aboriginal activist and politician Neville Bonner talking about his early life. He says that his mother was deserted by her first husband, after which the family moved to Lismore and lived on the bank of the Richmond River. The conditions there were 'very shocking'. Bonner's grandfather cleared an area under ...

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White Australia Policy badge, c1920

This is a circular copper-nickel and aluminium fob badge made around 1920. The words 'WHITE / AUSTRALIA' run across a central cut-out map of Australia, which is made of silvered (white) wash on aluminium. The circular brass border bears the words 'AUSTRALIA FOR THE AUSTRALIANS'. There is suspension loop at top. The badge ...

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Notice of resolution against 'Indian' hawkers at Avon Shire, 1893

This is a printed notice of a resolution dated 9 February 1893 protesting against the issuing of hawkers' licences to 'Syrians, Afghans, Hindoos and other colored races'. The notice is from Avon Shire Council in Stratford, Victoria, and the Council asks for approval and support from the mayor and councillors of Northcote. ...

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Discussion paper - 'Towards a fairer immigration system for Australia', 1992

This is the cover of a 55-page paper titled 'Towards a fairer immigration system for Australia'. It states that the current immigration system is unfair to some groups and discusses how to guarantee fair access to Australia's immigration system. The paper was prepared by Andrew Theophanous and published in 1992. It now ...

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Review of the 1948 Australian Citizenship Act, 1982

This ten-page booklet titled 'The Australian Citizenship Act 1948' is a review of the Act by the Australian Human Rights Commission. It was published in 1982, and its dimensions are 24.80 cm x 17.50 cm.

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Published address - 'Integration - a task for all Australians', 1973

This is the cover of a 12-page booklet titled 'Integration - a task for all Australians', published in 1973. The content was delivered as an address by R E Armstrong, the secretary of the Department of Immigration, to the annual general meeting of the Good Neighbour Council of South Australia on 28 May 1973. The booklet's ...

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'Proposal for amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act', 1983

This is the cover of a 40-page booklet titled 'Proposal for amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act to cover incitement to racial hatred and racial defamation'. It is a review of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 by the Australian Human Rights Commission. It was published in November 1983 by the Australian Government ...

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Published address - 'The migrant and human rights', 1968

This is the cover of a 12-page booklet titled 'The migrant and human rights', published in 1968. It contains an address delivered by the minister for Immigration, B M Sneddon, to the 16th state conference of the Good Neighbour Council of Victoria on 25 October 1968. Sections in the booklet include: 'The meaning of human ...

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A walk through 'White Australia' at the National Museum of Australia, 1850-2010

In this unit of work students explore how the National Museum of Australia (NMA) exhibitions represent 'White Australia' attitudes and policies in Australian history from 1850 to the present day. The unit uses objects and displays to help students investigate key issues around the development of a multicultural Australia.

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'Washington, DC Government charwoman', 1942

This is a famous black-and-white anti-discrimination photograph, also widely known as 'American Gothic, Washington, DC'. It shows Mrs Ella Watson, an African American cleaner at the Treasury in Washington, USA. She is standing stiffly in front of the US flag, with a broom on one side and a mop on the other. The photograph ...

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African American teacher and pupils at a segregated rural school in Oklahoma, 1940

This is a black-and-white photograph showing an African American female teacher with two students in a school in Creek County in the US state of Oklahoma. The photograph was taken by Russell Lee in February 1940. Part of the caption he wrote for the image reads, 'This year, despite the fact the white school received free ...

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Police arresting an African American during the Sojourner Truth housing riot, 1942

This is a black-and-white photograph showing an African American being arrested by two policemen in Detroit, Michigan. One mounted policeman looks on and another stands guard. The photograph was taken in February 1942, almost certainly on 28 February, by Arthur Siegel. Part of the photograph's caption reads: 'Riot at the ...

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First African American tenants moving into the Sojourner Truth housing project, 1942

This is a black-and-white photograph showing an African American family attempting to move into the Sojourner Truth housing project in Detroit, Michigan, USA. The photograph was taken in February 1942 by Arthur Siegel. Part of its caption reads 'Riot at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project, caused ...

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Greyhound bus station in Montgomery, Alabama, 2010

This is a colour photograph showing the former Greyhound bus station at 210 South Court Street in Montgomery, Alabama, USA, now saved from demolition and boasting a restored facade. The Library of Congress notes for the photograph reveal it was the site of a violent attack on participants in the 1961 Freedom Ride during ...

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African American salary disparity, 1968

How does it feel to be paid less than another person doing the same job, because of the colour of your skin? During the 1960s, this was the plight of many professional African Americans who were not paid equally for doing the same work as their white counterparts. Listen to David Dinkins, a New York lawyer, share his experiences.

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Harlem co-op supermarket, 1968

What would you do if you found out that you were being sold inferior groceries, at higher prices, just because of the colour of your skin? Harlem resident Cora Walker explains that this was the situation faced by members of Harlem's African American community in the late 1960s. See how the residents joined together to address ...

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Defending civil rights: an activist's perspective

What happens when the members of a society feel like they have no hope? This is the situation faced by members of Harlem's African American community in 1968, who find themselves in a cycle of poverty. Civil rights activists like Al Cook offer a solution to the problem: fight back.

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The cycle of urban poverty in Harlem, 1968

What is the cycle of poverty and squalor? Walk with ABC TV's 'Four Corners' program film crew on the streets of Harlem in 1968 as they are taken on a tour of the predominantly African American neighbourhood. Understand the level of poverty and urban squalor that faced African Americans living in Harlem at this time.

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Woolgoolga's Sikhs find equality in the pub

In 1968, members of the local Sikh community were not allowed membership of Woolgoolga's bowling club or RSL. Racial segregation, in which people are banned from certain places or activities because of their race, is an obvious form of racial discrimination. The hotel was one place where Indians were welcome. This clip ...

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White Australia policy

This collection of 17 digital curriculum resources about the White Australia policy covers the racist background to the policy, its use of a dictation test to exclude non-white immigrants, the deportation of indentured Pacific Islander labourers in the 1900s, the effects of the policy on people's lives, its supporters and ...