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A Change Is Gonna Come

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The 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision were significant events in the ongoing struggle to achieve equal rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This exhibition, inspired by the 1964 civil rights song ‘A change is gonna come’, was on display from 24 May 2017 to 28 January 2018.


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See images from the exhibition opening in our Goree newsletter

Images: (left) Indigenous activists Esmai Jackomos, Alick Jackomos, Bert Groves, Joyce Clague, Laurie Moffatt and Dianne Murray at the annual conference of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI), Parliament House, Canberra, mid-1960s. Courtesy of AIATSIS, Alick Jackomos Collection, item Jackomos.A02.CS – 92138. (right) Bill Onus, president of the Aborigines Advancement League (Victoria), campaigning for the ‘yes’ vote 1967. Fairfax Syndication. (top) Indigenous rights activist Ray Peckham presenting the case for the referendum at a rally in Sydney, 18 May 1967. Tribune/Search Foundation and State Library of New South Wales.