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Listed under:  Society  >  Citizenship  >  Active citizenship  >  Dissent  >  Petitions

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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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 ...


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 ...


Petition for equal voting rights, 1897

This is a one-page handwritten petition from the executive of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of Australasia to the president of the first session of the Australasian Federal Convention of 1897-98. It incorporates a resolution passed by the executive on 26 February, calling for equal voting rights for both ...


New Zealand woman's suffrage petition, 1893

This is the first sheet of a signed petition organised by the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and presented to the New Zealand House of Representatives on 28 July 1893. The document requests that the speaker and members of the House pass legislation giving adult women the right to vote. The signatures of 30 women ...


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; ...


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 ...


Petition from the people of Coranderrk Reserve, 1875, extract

This is the first page of a handwritten two-page petition sent to the chief secretary in the Victorian colonial government in 1875. The petition, written by well-known Wurundjeri man William Barak, indicates that the Indigenous people on Coranderrk Station had held a meeting on 20 October 1875 and that 24 people, whose ...


Lousy Little Sixpence, 1982: 'Send a petition to the King'

This clip shows Indigenous activism in the 1930s represented by the campaign to send petitions to the King of England seeking rights such as representation in the Australian Parliament. Burraga, a Thirroul Elder, announces a plan for a New South Wales petition. Next, over images of newspaper clippings about conditions on ...

Teacher resource

The Bark Petition

This is a webpage with an embedded 3-minute video clip showing senior curator Franchesca Cubillo explaining the cultural importance of the 1963 Bark Petition to a small group of senior students. It was produced by the National Film and Sound Archive. Included on the web page are a detailed section about the origin of the ...