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The 1967 Referendum

Will you put it in the Australian 'Human Rights Hall of Fame'?

Front cover of the 1967 Referendum unit of work

Curriculum areas: Australian history, historical skills, Indigenous culture & history, English, media

Years: 8–12

Key curriculum links: Time, Continuity and Change; Culture; Natural and Social Systems; Investigation, Communication and Participation, Thinking Processes and Communication

In May 2007 the National Museum of Australia, in association with Monash University, produced a  substantial website, Collaborating for Indigenous Rights, with a particular focus on the 1967 Referendum.

This unit of work helps students to interrogate the website and in doing so to come to a better understanding of this important event. In completing the unit, the students will decide whether the 1967 Referendum was a major turning point in the achievement of Indigenous citizenship rights in Australia, or whether it achieved very little and was more 'show than substance'.

In order to come to a judgement about this important historical event, students explore a wide range of primary source materials including petitions, Hansard speeches, Cabinet documents, newspaper articles, posters, museum exhibition displays and so on.