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‘From little things big things grow’

PACER program

Year levels


Group size

Up to 60 students


1 hour with Museum educator


$7 per student


Tuesday to Thursday, 9am, 11am and 1pm

You may know the song, or you may have heard the saying, but what were the ‘little things’ that actually led to the big changes in the struggle for Indigenous civil and political rights and freedoms in Australia?

Indigenous Rights and Freedoms is a Museum educator-led program where students learn about several key Indigenous and non-Indigenous people involved in the struggles for rights and freedoms for Indigenous Australians, and how these struggles were shaped by global trends such as the American civil rights movements.

Through narratives and gallery exploration students interpret, analyse and discuss the impact that changing attitudes to Indigenous rights has had on contemporary Australia.


  • Investigate the evolution of Indigenous rights in Australia and help students to understand some of the campaigns for rights developed by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
  • Enable students to recognise the international connections – how Australian history and major global movements shared strategies in the struggle for rights and freedoms.
  • Explore key terms surrounding the concept of rights, freedoms and equality.
  • Investigate and explore evidence in history through narratives and object analysis. Enable students to draw conclusions about the significance of the development of Indigenous rights in Australia by identifying key people involved in the struggle for these rights and the issues they faced.


  • Introductory activity – in this short activity students explore key terms surrounding the concepts of rights, freedoms and equality and develop key points of inquiry to focus their gallery exploration.
  • Gallery activity – students undertake a guided exploration of the galleries in small groups. They gather evidence, critically assess and develop conclusions about a specific focus area and report these findings back to the group.
  • Object investigation and reflection – students closely investigate a range of gallery objects relating to First Nations history of political activism. They respond critically and creatively to these primary sources and share their responses with the rest of the group.

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