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STILL HERE - political movements

This is how much of the Aboriginal world today was shaped...

"It was not possible for Aboriginal people from around the Murray River to solve the problems their people faced from within their tribal or mission boundaries. Melbourne was the Euro-Australians' social, economic and political capital of Victoria and it was where you had to go to fight for your people's rights to be Citizens."


"Some of the rights they were fighting for were...the right to be recognised as a people who belong to a country; the right to own a home, to own land; the right to earn a decent wage and get an education; the right to get medical and legal assistance; the right to vote; and worst of all, the right to be allowed to walk the streets which were once part of their belonging."

"They became our collective voice which was speaking, but until then, not being heard. This was the 1930's."

Aboriginal people such as William Cooper, Marge Tucker and Pastor Doug Nicholls and many others began a modern Aboriginal political movement called the Australian Aborigines league.

They fought together with many other Aboriginal and Islander people for Aboriginal people's rights.
"All three came originally from a Mission settlement called Cummeragunga (also spelt Cumeroogunga) which was situated in N.S.W. on the Murray River near Echuca."

"William Cooper was born around the 1360s. This was the era of the birth of the unwritten assimilation policies and the Aboriginal Missions and Reserves Acts. Later, Marge Tucker and Doug Nicholls both grew up living in and around the same Mission Station, "Cummera" (Cummeragunga) whilst these acts were at the height of their full power."

"William Cooper from his 20's, would have had to carry one of those "dog tags" (the 'Exemption from Provisions of Aborigines Protection Act and Regulations' document). Marge Tucker was taken away from her family and was sent to what they called "a training school" which was a mission station for children (similar to an orphanage). This Mission station was to train them to be servants of the Euro-Australian. ASSIMILATI0N."


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Aborigines' Advancement League Constitution of 1941

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STILL HERE acknowledgements, foreword and introduction / PANEL 1 still here / PANEL 2 local ancestors / PANEL 3 invasion / PANEL 4 racism / PANEL 5 assimilation / PANEL 6 political movements / PANEL 7 advancement / PANEL 8 stolen generation / PANEL 9 home and work / PANEL 10 education / PANEL 11 entertainers / PANEL 12 locals (omitted) / PANEL 13 heritage / PANEL 14 still here (summary) / FURTHER READING reading list and links / EXHIBITION CATALOGUE
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STILL HERE
acknowledgements, foreword and introduction

PANEL 1
still here

PANEL 2
local ancestors

PANEL 3
invasion

PANEL 4
racism

PANEL 5
assimilation

PANEL 6
political movements

PANEL 7
advancement

PANEL 8
stolen generations

PANEL 9
home and work

PANEL 10
education

PANEL 11
entertainers

PANEL 12
locals (omitted)

PANEL 13
heritage

PANEL 14
still here (summary)

FURTHER READING
reading list and links

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE
pdf download

 

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