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Online stories

Explore these online features relating to Indigenous histories:

Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route

Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route
This groundbreaking exhibition reveals the richness of desert life.

It tells the story of the Canning Stock Route's impact on Aboriginal people, and the importance of the Country that surrounds it, through the works of senior and emerging artists and the stories of traditional custodians.

It is a story of contact, conflict and survival, of exodus and return, seen through Aboriginal eyes, and interpreted through their voices, art and new media. (2010)

Bill Onus, President of the Victorian Aborigines' Advancement League, taking part in the march for Aboriginal Rights referendum, Melbourne, 29 May 1967. Photo: Fairfaxphotos.

From Little Things Big Things Grow: Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970
This exhibition traces the fight for Indigenous civil rights in Australia from 1920 to 1970. It tells the largely unknown story of Indigenous and non-Indigenous activists who fought together for justice and equal rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The exhibition debuted at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra from September 2009 to 8 March 2010 before travelling to other venues around Australia.

Photo: Fairfaxphotos.

Aboriginal Breastplates

Aboriginal breastplates
This web feature presents content from Jakelin Troy's book on Aboriginal breastplates titled King Plates: A History of Aboriginal Gorgets, with minor revisions, plus additional objects and information based on the Museum's growing collection and research. It is a fascinating look into the history and collections of these contested cross-cultural objects. (2009)

Black and white photo of Fanny Balbuk

The lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were profoundly changed by the arrival of British colonists in 1788.

The National Museum of Australia presents four powerful stories about Aboriginal resistance on the colonial frontier. (2009)

Joe McGinness

Collaborating for Indigenous Rights website
The period from the late 1950s to the early 1970s was a time of unusual collaboration between black and white activists in Australia.

Alliances were formed between Aboriginal Australians motivated to help their people and white Australians wanting to redress the injustices suffered by dispossessed peoples in the building of the Australian state.

This site tells their stories. (2008)

Utopia: The Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Utopia: The Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye
The exhibition told the story of Emily Kame Kngwarreye as one of Australia's greatest contemporary artists.

It gives some insight into her life as a senior Anmatyerre woman and a lifelong custodian of the desert country that inspired her work. (2008)

A Different Time: The Expedition Photographs of Herbert Basedow 1903-1928

A Different Time: The Expedition Photographs of Herbert Basedow 1903-1928
The exhibition drew on the National Museum of Australia's rich collection of Herbert Basedow's photographic work. Basedow was renowned for the breadth of his work across central and northern Australia in the early decades of the 20th century. (2008)

Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert

Papunya Painting: Out of the Desert
The National Museum of Australia's collection of Aboriginal art from Papunya is unique. Explore the online exhibition to view some of the extraordinary paintings and to gain an insight into the history and significance of the collection. (2007)