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Note: with the assistance of Arthur Murray et al for the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody Watch Committee.
Issue Details: First known date: 1995... 1995 Voices of Aboriginal Australia : Past, Present, Future
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Voices of Aboriginal Australia is a collection of essays, speeches, poetry, articles, interviews etc. mainly by Aborigines, on topics of racism, discrimination, justice & the law, social conditions, land rights etc. for Aboriginal people.

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Notes

  • Dedication: Dedicated to those who have died in police or prison custody.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Springwood, Blue Mountains, Sydney, New South Wales,:Butterfly Books , 1996 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Ruby Thoorrbiliny Tells How it Was, Ruby Thoorrbiliny , Frances Kofod (translator), single work prose (p. 11-15)
Hobbles Danayarri Tells, Hobbles Danayarri , single work prose (p. 16-17)
Jimmy Manngayarri Tells, Jimmy Manngayarri , single work prose (p. 18-19)
Letty Scott Tells, Letty Scott , single work life story (p. 20-25)
Blackgin Blackgini"Blackgin, blackgin", Kerry Reed-Gilbert , single work poetry (p. 26)
Charles Perkins Tells, Charles Perkins , single work life story (p. 27)
Making Stations Rich, Hobbles Danayarri , single work prose (p. 28-30)
The Gurindjii"Poor fellow", Kevin Gilbert , single work poetry (p. 31)
Memory and the Future, Riley Young Winpilin , single work prose (p. 32-33)
Song to an Unrecognised National Hero: Alice Briggs of Purfleeti"There'll be no more roses", Kevin Gilbert , single work poetry (p. 35)
Eulogy for Hugh Ridgeway of Purfleeti"Time's moment stayed", Kevin Gilbert , single work poetry (p. 36-37)
Voice of Kevin Gilbert, Kevin Gilbert , single work extract (p. 45)
Nightmare On a Reserve, Kevin Gilbert , single work extract (p. 46-51)
My Fatheri"My father is a man", Kerry Reed-Gilbert , single work poetry (p. 52)
The Protectorsi"While many despise and would exploit us", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , single work poetry (p. 53)
Cries from the Heart, John Thomas Patten , William Ferguson , single work extract (p. 54-61)
Aboriginal Charter of Rightsi"We want hope, not racialism,", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , single work poetry (p. 62-63)
100 Years of Welfare, John A. Newfong , single work essay (p. 64-68)
An Appeali"Statesmen, who make the nation's laws,", Oodgeroo Noonuccal , single work poetry (p. 69)
Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963, Yolngu People , Wali Wunungmurra , Larrakan Mununggirritj , Manunu Wunungmurra , Dhayila Munggurr , Dundiwuy Wanambi , Djalalingba Yunupingu , Milirrpum Marika , Daymbalipu Mununggurr , Wulanybuma Wunungmurra , Wawungmarra Maymuru , Nyabilingu Maymuru , Munggurawuy Yunupingu (illustrator), selected work correspondence

The Yirrkala Bark Petitions (1963) were presented to the Australian House of Representatives, Commonwealth Parliament in August 1963, and are historic Australian documents. The petitions from the Yolngu people of Yirrkala were the first traditional documents recognised by the Commonwealth Parliament, and thus the first documentary recognition of Indigenous people in Australian law. The acceptance of these petitions also marked a bridge between two traditions of law.

During the late 1950s the Yolngu became aware of prospecting activities in the area of the Gove Peninsula in Arnhem Land, and the subsequent granting of mining leases over a considerable area of Yolngu traditional land. The Yolngu responded by sending a petition framed by painted bark to the Commonwealth Government demanding recognition of their rights. Although the petitioners were unsuccessful in gaining the Commonwealth Parliament’s recognition of rights to their traditional lands on the Gove Peninsula, the documents formed the foundation of the eventual recognition of Indigenous rights in Commonwealth Law.

The idea for the petition was inspired by two visiting politicians, Kim Beazley (Senior) and Gordon Bryant, the first petition dated 14 August 1963, the second dated 28 August 1963, were presented to the House of Representatives in August by the member for the Northern Territory, Mr Jock Nelson. The petitions was signed by twelve Yolngu men and women (aged between 18 to 36), who were members of local clans from both the Dhuwa and Yirritja moieties.

In 1968, a third petition was presented to Parliament, comprising a painted bark panel with text on the reverse side. This petition was painted by Dundiwuy Wanambi, and signed by: Mungurrawuy, Dundiwuy, Birrikitj, Mau, Matjid, Munyu, Nanyin, Wandjuk, Djalingpa, Gawirrin, Mr J.G. Yunupingu, Yinitjin, Mathaman, Djiriny, Guyuyuma, Djayila, and Roy Dadynga Marika.

The Yirrala petitions have played a ‘key part of the persistent claim for constitutional change which achieved the amendment of the Australian Constitution in 1967, the statutory acknowledgment of Aboriginal land rights by the Commonwealth in 1976, and the overturning of the obstacle of the concept of terra nullis by the High Court in the Mabo Case in 1992.'

(Source: AIATSIS; Museum of Australian Democracy website:; Wikipedia; 'Journey Goes Full Circle from Bark Petition to Blue Mud Bay'.)

Further reading:

– Read story by Wali Wunungumma Journey goes full circle from Bark Petition to Blue Mud Bay

Bark petitions: Indigenous art and reform for the rights of Indigenous Australians

– 2013 National Naidoc Week Theme

Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963

Online Exhibition

1962-63 The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. House of Representatives. Report from the Select Committee on Grievances of Yirrkala Aborigines, Arnhem Land Reserve.

– Solomon, David Harris. The People's Palace: Parliament in Modern Australia. Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press, 1986.

– Morphy, Howard. Art and Politics: The Bark Petition and the Barunga Statement. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2000.

– Towner, Joanne 'Copyright issues relating to Yirrkala 'Bark' petitions'. Table. 69 2001. 26-28.

– Schwarz, Janien and Canberra School of Art Beyond familiar territory: De-centering the Centre : an analysis of visual strategies in the art of Robert Smithson, Alfredo Jaar and the Bark petitions of Yirrkala, 1999.

– Langton, Marcia and Australian Broadcasting Corporation The quiet revolution : Indigenous People and the Resources Boom. Sydney NSW HarperCollins Publishers Australia, 2013.

(p. 70-71)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Springwood, Blue Mountains, Sydney, New South Wales,: Butterfly Books , 1995 .
      image of person or book cover 123745968497287429.jpg
      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 496p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliography.
      • Includes index.
      ISBN: 094733369X (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Special Book Michelle Morgan , 1998 single work correspondence review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 1 July no. 179 1998; (p. 8)

— Review of Where is Wungawurrah? Irene Moores , 1992 anthology poetry
A Multiplicity of Voices Jo Robertson , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , Spring vol. 8 no. 2 1996; (p. 155-157)

— Review of Voices of Aboriginal Australia : Past, Present, Future 1995 anthology life story poetry extract prose biography autobiography interview
(Too Many) Familiar Voices Kathy Anderson , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: LiNQ , May vol. 23 no. 1 1996; (p. 100-104)

— Review of Voices of Aboriginal Australia : Past, Present, Future 1995 anthology life story poetry extract prose biography autobiography interview
(Too Many) Familiar Voices Kathy Anderson , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: LiNQ , May vol. 23 no. 1 1996; (p. 100-104)

— Review of Voices of Aboriginal Australia : Past, Present, Future 1995 anthology life story poetry extract prose biography autobiography interview
A Multiplicity of Voices Jo Robertson , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , Spring vol. 8 no. 2 1996; (p. 155-157)

— Review of Voices of Aboriginal Australia : Past, Present, Future 1995 anthology life story poetry extract prose biography autobiography interview
Special Book Michelle Morgan , 1998 single work correspondence review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 1 July no. 179 1998; (p. 8)

— Review of Where is Wungawurrah? Irene Moores , 1992 anthology poetry
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