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  • 1967 Referendum and Constitutional Reform Resources

    Here we will collect a range of resources that relate to the 1967 Referendum and its consequences, including the debate around Constitutional Reform.

  • Statement from the Heart, 26 May 2017


    In 1967 we were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard.

    We, gathered at the 2017 National Constitutional Convention, coming from all points of the southern sky, make this statement from the heart:

    Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes were the first sovereign Nations of the Australian continent and its adjacent islands, and possessed it under our own laws and customs. This our ancestors did, according to the reckoning of our culture, from the Creation, according to the common law from ‘time immemorial’, and according to science more than 60,000 years ago.

    Click here to read the full statement from the First Nations National Constitutional Convention at Uluru, May, 2017.

  • Right Wrongs - the Australian Broadcasting Corporation


    The ABC has published an amazing online resource and exhibition that explores the history and effects of the 1967 referendum.

    Click here to learn more.

  • The 1967 Referendum in BlackWords

    Digger Jones by Richard Frankland

    Works about the Referendum

    This link takes you to some works that have the 1967 referendum as a subject.

  • Photo Essay : Voices from the Pilbara


    Right To Be Counted

    Award-winning Melbourne photographer Tobias Titz and the Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre have collaborated with Indigenous community members from communities including Port Hedland, Yandeyarra, Carnarvon and Warralong, to create a body of photographs that articulate the communities’ thoughts, opinions and experiences regarding the 1967 referendum.

    AustLit record: Right to Be Counted : A Photographic Exhibition

    Go directly to the site.

  • The 1967 Referendum at the National Library of Australia


    This research guide highlights some of the significant collections held by the National Library of Australia which relate to the 1967 Referendum, including ephemera, manuscripts, newspapers, oral history, and pictures.

    Go directly to the research guide.

  • Righting Wrongs in the 1967 Referendum

    A 'digibook' by ABC Splash, designed to introduce the referendum and its significance to younger students. Contains video and archival material, as well as a succinct overview of the referendum itself.

    Click here to access the resource.

  • The 1967 Referendum at Creative Spirits


    Creative Spirits is an information website devoted to providing clear, accessible information on Aboriginal culture and issues. This resource on the referendum includes video, tables and other infographics, and archival material.

    Click here to view the resource.

  • Tjurkupa : Five Days in Uluru

    Screen cap from article

    A visually beautiful meditation on the Convention at Uluru, May 2017.

    Sydney Morning Herald, May 31, 2017.

  • The National Library of Australia's Digital Classroom


    This resource is aligned with the Australian Curriculum: History for Year 10 students. It adopts an inquiry learning approach that develops students’ skills as historians.

    The resource engages students with a rich selection of sources and challenges them to draw their own conclusions about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ struggle for civil rights in Australia.

  • Dr Anita Heiss on the Anniversary of the Referendum

    Photo courtesy of the author.

    In June 2017, BlackWords collaborator Dr Anita Heiss wrote a powerful blog piece on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum  

    50 moments in 50 years to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum.

    It's a great snap shot of what has been achieved, and what is still to be achieved.