Pair of ladies' short white gloves, without a manufacturer's label. They have a zig zag stitch decoration and partial double fold at hem to wrist edge.
Faith Bandler collection
The 1967 referendum on the 'Aboriginal question' was held to determine whether two references in the Australian Constitution, which discriminated against Aboriginal people, should be removed. A well-known Aboriginal activist, Bandler was appointed New South Wales campaign director by the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) which was the peak body that campaigned for Indigenous rights during the period leading up to the Referendum. She argued that a YES vote was a vote for equal rights for Aboriginal citizens. The 'YES' vote in the 1967 referendum did not give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples the right to vote. This right had been legislated for Commonwealth elections in 1962, with the last State to provide Indigenous enfranchisement being Queensland in 1965. This referendum saw the highest YES vote ever recorded in a Federal referendum, with 90.77 per cent voting for change. Because the majority of parliamentarians supported the proposed amendment, a NO case was never formulated for presentation as part of the referendum campaign. The Museum has an expanding collection of Collaborating for Indigenous Rights material. Faith Bandler's gloves are a key part of this collection which focuses on the struggles for Indigenous civil and land rights from the late 1950s to the 1970s.Date made