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From Little Things Big Things Grow: Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970

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

From Little Things Big Things Grow: Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970 was a travelling exhibition developed and presented by the National Museum of Australia. It traced the fight for Indigenous civil rights in Australia from 1920 to 1970.

This exhibition told 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. It detailed the achievements and sacrifices of the struggle through personal stories, rarely seen objects and protest material.

To them the victory belongs, to them the future belongs, for they, the people, are the real makers of history. Frank Hardy, 1961.

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Explore the Collaborating for Indigenous Rights website


 

From Little Things Big Things Grow was a travelling exhibition developed and presented by the National Museum of Australia. It debuted in Canberra from 10 September 2009 to 8 March 2010 and travelled Australia until 26 May 2012.

This exhibition was supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Australian Government National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program