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A Change Is Gonna Come

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Now showing at the National Museum of Australia

First Australians Focus Gallery  | Until 30 January 2018 | Free

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. Explore these and other remarkable stories of resistance in our exhibition inspired by the 1964 civil rights song ‘A change is gonna come’.


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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.