Understanding where we come from helps us shape a better future.
The Dreaming goes by many different names throughout Australia but they have a similar meaning. The Dreaming r...
Axes, grindstones & other tools used on Mirarr Country (NT)
Mirarr people speak many languages. English is often the second or third, sometimes fourth language that they...
Tasmania separated from mainland by rising sea levels
One of those changes was the separation of ‘Tasmania’ from ‘Victoria’. What is now kno...
Gunditjmara people build Budj Bim eel trap system
Budj Bim means High Head in the language of Gunditjmara people and is home to one of oldest aquaculture system...
Flood causes Port Phillip Bay to form
It was called Port Phillip Bay by colonisers. Kulin people have a deep knowledge of the Bay developed over man...
1803 - 1835
Invasion of Victoria
For the sake of this article we will be using the colonial names of places (e.g. ‘Victoria,’ &lsqu...
In 1788, sometime between the 16th and 20th of January, the 11 ships that encompassed the ‘first fleet’ arrive...
The Batman 'treaty' is signed
In 1835, John Batman declared that he had negotiated a “treaty” to claim the lands of the people o...
Native Police Corps established
They were another attempt to further ‘civilize’ and assimilate our people. This entry focuses spec...
Gold rush brings more people to Victoria
This attitude adapted however after the news reached the colony of the California gold rush. Thousands of colo...
Creation of reserve system
Missions were usually under the control of churches and missionaries while a station or reserve was typically...
First Aboriginal cricket team arrives in England
Cricket was introduced to Aboriginal people by colonists whilst they lived and worked on the regional cattle s...
"Protection" legislation introduced in Victoria
These policies use outdated and derogatory language and beliefs/theories like ‘half-caste’ or &lsq...
It was also one of the few times Aboriginal witnesses were called to give evidence on matters concerning their...
Uncle William Cooper petitions the King of England
Born in 1861, Uncle William Cooper spent most of his life near the junction of the Murray and Goulburn rivers,...
Day of Mourning protests held in Sydney
A very significant protest in Aboriginal history was the 1938 Day of Mourning in Sydney. On the 26th of Januar...
Cummeragunja residents protest against cruel treatment
Many of the residents in Cummeragunja had relocated there from Maloga Mission which was about 5km away. Maloga...
On May 1st 1946, around 800 Aboriginal pastoral workers across 25 different stations in north-west Western Aus...
Yirrkala Bark Petitions signed
The Yolngu people are the people of Yirrkala in the Northern Territory. Yirrkala is on the east coast of the G...
Students lead 'Freedom Ride' through NSW towns
The 1965 Freedom Ride – led by Uncle Charlie Perkins and his fellow students at the University of Sydney...
Gurindji strike for their land
The land, which is now know as the Victoria River area of the Northern Territory became home to over 1000 catt...
The 1967 Referendum
It is extremely difficult, but not impossible, to change the Constitution and requires a referendum to do so....
Tent Embassy formed
The Aboriginal Tent Embassy was set up by Aboriginal activists on the lawns opposite Parliament House in 1972...
Commonwealth Games protested
In 1982 the Commonwealth Games were held in Brisbane. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people used the in...
Uluru Handed Back to Anangu People
Uluru is an important and sacred site for them and has existed since the beginning of time – western sci...
The 1988 Bicentenary Protest
A bicentenary is the two-hundredth anniversary of a significant event. On the 26th of January 1988, many Austr...
The statement originated at the 1988 Barunga Sport and Cultural Festival. The festival was created by Bangardi...
Uncle Koiki Mabo launches legal case for his land
This article is about the Mabo legal case, which recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to la...
Native Title Act
As a result of this claim they were able to colonise the land and our people without the need of a treaty or p...
Nicky Winmar stands up to racism in the AFL
It was a hard time to be Indigenous in the AFL, but they stayed strong and sought help where they could. On th...
Inquiry recognises the Stolen Generations
The ‘Stolen Generations’ refers to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people who were separated...
In 2000, the monumental event ‘Corroboree 2000’ was held. This was a 2-day event beginning with a...
Cathy Freeman Wins Gold Medal
Freeman joined athletics at a very young age under the guidance of her step-father, winning her first race at...
Michael Long walks from Melbourne to Canberra
Michael Long was motivated by the struggles of his people after attending the funeral of a Community member. H...
Apology to the Stolen Generations
Today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history. We refle...
Wil-im-ee Moor-ring Handed Back
The Quarry Wil-im-ee Moor-ring is a large quarry for greenstone at Lancefield on Wurundjeri Country. Wil-im-ee...
Mungo Man Returns Home
Artefacts, burial sites and even foot prints have been found here that have helped put official dates on what...
Treaty legislation passed in Victoria
A treaty is created to show that each group has reached an agreement about duties and responsibilities around...