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Discrimination, injustice and survival

The From Little Things Big Things Grow exhibition website includes interviews with 13 Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Listen to their personal video stories of discrimination, injustice and survival from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Beulah Pickwick on growing up and working on the New South Wales and Queensland border.

Beulah Pickwick

Darce Cassidy on growing up in Sydney and discrimination in country New South Wales.

Darce Cassidy

Debai Baira, formerly Badu Island, Torres Strait, now resident in Sydney, on the limitations of moving around and working in the Torres Strait.

Debai Baira

Professor Dennis Foley on discrimination and ways around it on Sydney's public transport system in the 1950s and 1960s.

Dennis Foley

Dr Jan Richardson on injustices and triumphs in Western Australia in the 1960s and 1970s.

Jan Richardson

Joan Winch AM on discrimination in Western Australia in the 1940s and a lifelong lesson about rising above injustice.

Joan Winch

Dr John Moriarty AM on restrictive laws imposed on Aboriginal people in the 1950s and 1960s and the fight to overcome them.

John Moriarity

Lester Bostock on selective schooling and discimination in Sydney's hotels in the 1950s and 1960s.

Lester Bostock

Dr Linda Payi Ford on her mother's inspirational journey to save her baby daughter from authorities in the Northern Territory in the 1960s.

Linda Ford

Maureen Logan on discrimination at the movies and in shops on the New South Wales and Queensland border in the 1950s.

Maureen Logan

May O'Brien BEM about her love of education, and the racism she encountered at school in Western Australia.

May O'Brien

Warning: This story from Aunty May O'Brien uses words that were intended to be offensive to Aboriginal people. It is not the intention of Aunty May or the National Museum of Australia to cause offence by repeating such words.

Listen to 'Hickory Dickory Dock' (MPEG4 6.6mb)
duration 3:04
Read transcript

Michael Williams on the respect gained by his father after years of discrimination, and overcoming racism at school in country Queensland.

Michael Williams

Netta Tyson on discrimination while driving in Brisbane.

Netta Tyson

Audiovisual and image credits

Directed and filmed by: Jeremy Lucas
Research and interviews by: Suzanne Gibson and Troy Pickwick
Produced by: Jeremy Lucas and Suzanne Gibson
Photos: Jeremy Lucas

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