Video Mabo: the native title revolution

TLF ID M012885

This a multi-layered website about the life and times of Eddie Mabo and the part he played in Indigenous land rights, produced by the National Sound and Film Archive. There are section headings on: The Mabo film; Mer; The man; The case; Native title; Land rights; and Terra Nullius. Each heading has multiple subheadings on key topics that link to short video clips and further textual information.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a highly valuable resource for the the Rights and Freedoms depth study in the year 10 history curriculum. Information on Eddie Mabo is relevant to the content description refering to the significance of the Mabo decision, and the methods used by civil rights activists to achieve change. The website is also relevant to the year 6 history content description about experiences of Australian democracy, including the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
  • This is also a valuable resource for the cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture. Learning about Eddie Mabo may contribute to students developing an understanding of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have lived in Australia for tens of thousands of years, and how they have made significant local and global contributions.
  • This resource can contribute to students attaining the achievement standard in year 6 and 10 history. It helps year 6 students to recognise and explain patterns of change and continuity in Australian society over time, and compare the experience of people in the past. It may also assist year 10 students to understand the actions of individual activists such as Eddie Mabo, and explain some of contributing factors of the civil rights movement and how it affected Australian society.
Year level

6; 7; 8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • History
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

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  • Name: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Name: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
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  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Learning Resource Type
  • Video
  • Image
  • Text
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