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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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1967 and a new activism

How did the yes vote in 1967 change the way laws were made for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people? The struggle for land rights became the focus of the next wave of Aboriginal activists, who gained domestic and world attention by erecting a tent embassy on the lawns of  Parliament House in Canberra. Why was the ...

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Rua kai (food storage pit)

This is a black and white photograph of a rua kai (food storage pit). The pit is dug into sloping ground, and the front is constructed from planks of wood, with a doorway in the centre. An unknown Mäori woman, well rugged up, sits on the earth roof of the pit, alongside a couple of small, dark pigs. Two whare (houses), ...

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Women unionists marching on Black Friday during the Brisbane General Strike, 1912

This is a black-and-white photograph of an orderly procession of women walking four or five abreast past Brisbane's Treasury Building in the city centre on 2 February 1912, a day that became known as 'Black Friday'. The majority of the women appear to be dressed in their best and wearing hats for the occasion. Several horsedrawn ...

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Marion Scrymgour discusses representing Indigenous men, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of a Northern Territory politician, Marion Scrymgour, talking in July 2008 about representing the views of Indigenous men after she became the first Indigenous woman to be elected to the NT Legislative Assembly in 2001. Scrymgour says that she seeks to empower Indigenous men to take responsibility ...

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Portrait of political activist Emma Miller, c1910s

This posed black-and-white portrait photograph of Emma Miller, probably taken in Queensland in the 1910s, shows a thin and elderly woman, fashionably dressed for the time, sitting on a chair in a studio. She is staring straight at the camera with a resolute look on her face. Her dark clothing includes a richly embroidered ...

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Chris Arthur recalls the Franklin River campaign, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of an interview with Chris Arthur, a Tasmanian environmentalist, who describes being arrested and imprisoned in December 1982 after participating in a blockade of a site linked to a proposed project to dam the Franklin River in south-western Tasmania. He also talks about how he has gone ...

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Ian Frazer describes medical research work, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Australian medical scientist Ian Frazer outlining some of the joys and frustrations of a career as a medical researcher. One advantage, he says, is that researchers know that many people may benefit from the work they themselves are enjoying, but he warns against a career as a research ...

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Germaine Greer and women's liberation, 1970

Discover what it was like for women who spoke up for equal rights in 1970. Germaine Greer's 'The Female Eunuch' was first published in that year. It would inspire many to challenge traditional views of female and male roles. Listen as, in 1970, Greer expresses her ideas and several Australian women and girls say what they ...

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Joan Kirner discusses affirmative action for ALP women, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Victorian premier Joan Kirner (1938-) talking about efforts to ensure the election of a higher proportion of female Labor Party politicians in Australia. Kirner explains how, despite the party's adoption of an affirmative action policy for women, a group of Labor women thought ...

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Australian protest badges, 1985-95

These are five enamelled metal badges relating to environmental and Indigenous activism in Australia between 1985 and 1995. Each badge has symbols and slogans. The following text communicates the five messages: 'NO FORESTS / NO FUTURE', 'NO TIME TO WASTE / GREENPEACE', 'White Australia has a black history', 'MAY DAY 1993, ...

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The writer's craft

This collection of ten digital curriculum resources focuses on prominent Australian writers speaking about their craft. The writers discuss what they consider to be essential ingredients for creating successful works, including research, discipline, authenticity, memory and imagination. The items cover the perspectives ...

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A new referendum

Today people are campaigning to hold a referendum that seeks to fully recognise Indigenous people in the Constitution. Why does Marcia Langton believe this is a crucial thing to do? What do you think? What makes Stan Grant Snr angry about the prospect of holding another referendum?

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Badge against presumption of heterosexuality, c1980

This is a circular mottled fawn-coloured badge with 'How dare you presume I'm heterosexual' printed across its centre. The words are black except for 'dare', which is pink. The diameter of this badge is 4.40 cm

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Faith Bandler on voting yes in the 1967 referendum

In 1967, after 10 years of campaigning, Australia voted yes in the referendum on changing the way Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were referred to in the Constitution. Faith Bandler played an important role in campaigning for the yes vote. Do some research and find out more about this remarkable activist.

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'We're Not All Straight in the Garden State' badge, c1980

This is a round cream-coloured badge with a green perimeter and 'We're Not All Straight in the Garden State' inscribed in green across the face. The badge is plastic coated and has metal backing with a pin attached. Its diameter is 44 mm.

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Sticker advocating zero population growth, 1977

This is a rectangular paper sticker calling for zero population growth, created in 1977 by the Zero Population Growth organisation in Queensland. 'TROUBLE PARKING?' is printed on along the top in a black jungle-style font on a pink background and 'SUPPORT ZERO POPULATION GROWTH' is printed across the bottom section in a ...

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Protest badges, c1970-90

These seven badges with coloured social/political messages and graphics were made and worn during the 1970s and 1980s. Five call for the legalisation of marijuana (cannabis). The sixth advocates voting for the Liberal Party and the seventh has an anti-nuclear message.

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The Eureka Stockade

Consider the significance of the 1854 Eureka Stockade in the development of Australian democracy. Investigate the social, political and economic impact of the gold rush on the colony of Victoria and examine the way migrants have shaped, and continue to shape, Australia’s traditions and identity.

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Lake Pedder's future

How do you measure the worth of a beautiful natural site - in terms of the hydro-electric power it can produce or the beauty, stillness and grandeur that it affords people who visit? This 1972 clip from 'This Day Tonight' focuses on the physical and aesthetic attributes of Tasmania's Lake Pedder. Reporter Peter Ross stands ...