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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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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 ...

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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; ...

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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Adela Pankhurst's arrest, 1917

This is an extract from a typed letter sent by the crown solicitor to the secretary of the Attorney-General's Department relating to the conviction of Adela Pankhurst in Melbourne in 1917. It outlines the details of the prosecution, including the names of the witnesses who appeared. The date of the letter has been corrected ...

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Radio interview with first Vietnam War conscientious objector to be jailed, 1970

This is a sound recording of an interview with Brian James Ross, the first non-complier to be jailed for refusing to abide by the National Service Act 1964, on his release from Sale prison on 21 September 1970. The interview was made during the Vietnam War (1962-75) and broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Commission ...

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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 ...

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Demonstration in support of Aboriginal rights in 1974

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1974 that shows a demonstration in support of Aboriginal rights outside the then Parliament House (now Old Parliament House) in Canberra.

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Protesters outside the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, 1974

This is a black-and-white photograph taken in 1974 that shows Aboriginal activists outside the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on the lawns of (Old) Parliament House in Canberra.

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Rally against Racism, Melbourne, 1996

This is a black-and-white photograph measuring 16 cm x 21 cm, taken by Joyce Evans in December 1996 in the Treasury Gardens, Melbourne, of children taking part in the Rally against Racism. There are three children in the picture, two of whom are carrying placards referring to their Honduran origins. One of the placards ...

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'Melbourne Gaol series' postcard, socialist boarders, 1906

This is a postcard from 'The Melbourne Gaol Series' of 1906, showing seven 'socialist boarders' in prison garb. It was published as part of 'The Fight for Free Speech' in Prahran, Melbourne.

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Petition for enfranchising South Australian women, 1894

This is a fragment of a signed petition, organised by the South Australian Women's Suffrage League in 1894, asking the Speaker and House of Assembly in South Australia to grant women equal voting rights with men. The document respectfully requests that legislation be passed to allow the enfranchisement of adult women. The ...

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'The unknown rebel', Beijing, 1989

This is a colour photograph taken by Associated Press photographer Jeff Widener in 1989 in the 'Great Avenue of Everlasting Peace', which leads to Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The photograph, titled 'The unknown rebel', depicts a solitary Chinese protestor standing in front of a row of four advancing tanks during the military ...

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Anti-dam rally, 1982

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken from above on 13 October 1982, of a rally opposing the Franklin River dam scheme. Many of the large crowd hold signs, such as 'Don't / Dam / Wild / Rivers', 'No / More / Dams' and 'Save a / wilderness / for our / children'. The rally has blockaded the road.

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Rally at dam construction site, Tasmania, 1982-83

This is a black-and-white photograph taken from a high point looking down on a rally at the Franklin River dam site, taken between December 1982 and July 1983. A large group of protesters who opposed the decision of the Tasmanian Government to dam the Franklin River are gathered and a bulldozer can be seen in the background.

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Bob Brown and Lorraine Bayly at a 'No Dams' rally, 1982

This is a black-and-white photograph that shows Bob Brown, then Director of the Tasmanian Wilderness Society, and Lorraine Bayly, a popular actress, leading a protest march against the damming of the Franklin River. They are pictured walking in front of a large banner. Other protesters can be seen in the background, many ...

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Aboriginal Day of Mourning, 1938 - item 1

This is a black-and-white photograph of some of the Indigenous people who took part in the 'Day of Mourning' protest at the Australian Hall in Sydney, New South Wales on 26 January 1938. They are (from the left) William Ferguson, Jack Kinchela, Helen Grosvenor, Selina Patten with her child and John Patten. The four children ...