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IntroductionTop


The following two books tell the story of the 1967 Referendum. They are available to buy from Aboriginal Studies Press.

the 1967 referendum

Attwood, Bain, and Markus, Andrew, The 1967 Referendum: Race, power and the Australian Constitution, Canberra, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2007

faith bandler turning the tide

Bandler, Faith, Turning the Tide: a personal history of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, Canberra, Aboriginal Studies Press, 1989


Additionally, the following two books, also published by Aboriginal Studies Press, give interesting background material to the people and organisations involved in the campaign for Indigenous rights.

thinking black

Attwood, Bain and Marcus, Andrew, Thinking Black: William Cooper and Australian Aborigines' League, Canberra, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2004

seeking racial justice

Horner, Jack, Seeking Racial Justice: an insiders memoir of the movement for Aboriginal advancement, 1938-1978, Canberra, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2004


The following sources are available in the AIATSIS Library. Click on the link to view the catalogue record for each item.

BackgroundTop


Books

Aborigines Advancement League (Victoria), Victims or Victors: The Story of the Aborigines Advancement League, South Yarra, Vic, Hyland House, 1985

Attwood, Bain, Rights for Aborigines, Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2003

Attwood, Bain, and Markus, Andrew, The struggle for Aboriginal rights: a documentary history, NSW, Allen and Unwin, 1999

Austin, Tony, Never trust a government man: Northern Territory Aboriginal policy 1911-1939, Darwin, NTU Press, 1997

Bandler, Faith, The time was ripe : a history of the Aboriginal Australia Fellowship (1956-69), Chippendale, NSW : Alternative Publishing Cooperative, 1983

Chesterman, John, Citizens without rights: Aborigines and Australian citizenship, Melbourne, Cambridge University Press 1997

Chesterman, John, Civil rights : how Indigenous Australians won formal equality, St Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press, 2005

Coltheart, Lenore (ed.) Jessie Street : a revised autobiography, Annandale, N.S.W. : Federation Press, 2004

Darling, Elaine, They spoke out pretty good: politics and gender in the Brisbane Aboriginal rights movement 1958-1962, St Kilda, Vic, Janoan Media Exchange in Australia, 1998

Elkin, A. P., Citizenship for the Aborigines : a national Aboriginal policy, Sydney Australasian Publishing Company, 1944 (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, METS pdf)

Haebich, Anna, For their own good: Aborigines and Government in the Southwest of Western Australia 1900-1940, Nedlands, University of Western Australia Press, 1988

Haebich, Anna, Broken Circles: Fragmenting Indigenous families 1800-2000, Fremantle, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2000

Horner, Jack, Bill Ferguson : fighter for Aboriginal freedom / a biography by Jack Horner, Dickson, A.C.T.:Jack Horner , 1994

Kidd, Rosalind, The way we civilise: Aboriginal Affairs – the untold story, St Lucia, Qld, University of Queensland Press, 1997

Mattingly, Christobel and Hampton, Ken, Survival in our own land : Aboriginal experiences in South Australia since 1836 : told by Nungas and others, Sydney, Hodder and Stoughton, 1992

Peterson, Nicolas and Sanders, Will, Citizenship and Indigenous Australians: changing conceptions and possibilities, Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press, 1998

Rowse, Tim, White flour, white power: from rations to citizenship in Central Australia, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 1998

Thaiday, Willie, Under the Act, Townsville, The NQ Black Publishing Co Ltd, 1981

Tilbrook, Lois, Nyungar tradition : glimpses of Aborigines of south west Australia 1829-1914, Nedlands, W.A , University of Western Australia Press, 1983 (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, pdf)

West Ida, Pride against prejudice : reminiscences of a Tasmanian Aborigine, North Hobart, Montpelier Press, 2004


Commonwealth Government ReportsTop

Aboriginal Welfare Conference of Commonwealth and State Ministers, V. 1-2, Parliament House, Perth, 21 July 1967, © Commonwealth of Australia. Reproduced by permission. (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, pdf)

Aboriginal welfare: initial conference of Commonwealth and State Aboriginal authorities held at Canberra, 21-23 April 1937, Canberra, 21-23 April 1937, © Commonwealth of Australia, Commonwealth Government Printer, 1937. Reproduced by permission. (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, METS pdf)

The policy of assimilation: decisions of Commonwealth and State Ministers at the Native Welfare Conference, Canberra, January 26th and 27th, 1961, Canberra, Commonwealth Government Printer, 1961, © Commonwealth of Australia. Reproduced by permission. (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, pdf 613kb)

Native Welfare Conference, Commonwealth and State Authorities held at Parliament House Canberra 26th – 27th January, 1961. Proceedings and decisions, [Canberra], [1961] © Commonwealth of Australia. Reproduced by permission. (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, METS pdf)


Parliamentary PapersTop

Constitution Alteration (Aboriginals) Bill 1967, Second Reading [and third Reading] in Hansard, Vol H of R 54, p. 263-287, © Commonwealth of Australia, (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, 1.79MB pdf)

Aboriginals – Government policy, in Hansard, Vol. H of R 56, p. 972-981, © Commonwealth of Australia, (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, 912KB pdf)


ArticlesTop

Mahon, Hugh, The Native Races Under the New Constitution, in ‘The Austral Light’, March 1, 1902, p. 198-201 (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, pdf 595kb)

Maynard, John, Fred Maynard and the Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association (AAPA): one God, one aim, one destiny, in ‘Aboriginal History’, Vol. 21, (1997), p.[1]-13 (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, pdf 1114kb)

Paisley, Fiona, Federalising the Aborigines? : constitutional reform in the late 1920s , in Australian Historical Studies, Vol. 29, no. 111 (Oct 1998), p. 248-266 (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, pdf 1499kb)

Patten, Jack, Our ten points, in ‘The Australian Abo Call’, No. 1, April 1938, p. 1 (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, pdf 1029kb)

Patten, Jack, To all Aborigines, in ‘The Australian Abo Call’, No. 1, April 1938, p. 1 (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, pdf 1029kb)

Our Historic Day of Mourning and Protest: Aborigines Conference, held at Australian Hall, 26th January. 1938: Report of Proceedings, in ‘The Australian Abo Call’, No. 1 April 1938, p. 2 (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, pdf 392kb)

Calling all Aborigines: Straight Talk, by the Editor,'The Australian Abo Call', No. 3 June 1938, p. 1 [transcript online at http://www.reasoninrevolt.net.au/pdf/a000225.pdf ] (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, pdf 813kb)

Appeal to Parliament: New laws needed! “We are not sinners, savages, and criminals”, by the Editor in ‘The Australian Abo Call’, No. 4, July 1938, p. 1 [transcript online ] (Digitised by AIATSIS Library, pdf 830kb)


Manuscripts in AIATSIS LibraryTop

Maynard, John, Fred Maynard and the awakening of Aboriginal political consciousness and activism in twentieth century Australia, Thesis (Ph.D.), University of Newcastle, 2002.

MS 4186 - Freedom Ride papers – Ann Curthoy’s diary of the 1965 Freedom Ride - Finding aid

MS 4185 - Freedom Ride papers of Pat Healy - Finding aid


The Campaign/The VoteTop


Books

Bandler, Faith, Turning the Tide: Turning the tide : a personal history of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press, 1989

McGinness, Joe, Son of Alyandabu: my fight for Aboriginal rights, St. Lucia, Qld.:University of Queensland Press , 1991

Taffe, Sue, Black and white together FCAATSI : the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, 1958-1973, St Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press, 2005


Articles

‘Rights and Advancement’, Newsletter of the Federal Council for Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, published from No. 1 (Aug. 1966) - no. 21 (Jul./Aug. 1969)


Manuscripts in AIATSIS LibraryTop

MS 3718 - Joe McGinness papers – Joe McGinness, President of FCAATSI for over 16 years, was the joint national coordinator of the Referendum Campaign- Finding aid

MS 3759 - FCAATSI papers – includes papers on the 1967 Referendum campaign

MS 1279 – Maher, E. J., The 1967 Referendum: the shadow and substance of a new deal for Aborigines, B. Litt. Thesis, University of New England, February 1979, [Armidale, NSW] - 1979

MS 3060 – Raines, Jennifer, The 1967 Aboriginal Referendum: the debate over the “YES” campaign, Thesis (M.A.) - University of Sydney, N.S.W., [199]


AfterTop


Books

Perkins, Charles, A bastard like me, Sydney, Ure Smith, 1975, chapters 10-15 (Digitised by AIATSIS Library)

Rowse, Tim, Obliged to be difficult: Nugget Coombs' legacy in Indigenous affairs, Cambridge, Melbourne, Cambridge University Press, 2000

Department of Aboriginal Affairs, Report of activities for the period 19 December 1972 30 June 1974, Canberra, Australian Government Publishing Service, 1974


Articles

Gorton, John, Sir, Aboriginal affairs: address by the Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Gorton, at the Conference of Commonwealth and State Ministers responsible for Aboriginal Affairs at Parliament House, Melbourne, 12 July 1968, Canberra, Government Printer, 1968 (Digitised by AIATSIS Library)
National Archives of Australia: A1209, 1968/8725
© Commonwealth of Australia. Reproduced by permission


Manuscripts in AIATSIS Library

MS 4167 - Barrie Dexter papers – includes personal papers on the Council of Aboriginal Affairs

Finding aid


AnniversariesTop


Books

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, 25 years on, [Canberra], ATSIC, 1992 - Website

Attwood, Bain, and Markus, Andrew, The 1967 Referendum: Race, power and the Australian Constitution, Canberra, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2007

Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, The people's movement for reconciliation : proceedings of the Australian Reconciliation Convention. Books 1-5, [Canberra, ACT : Communications Section, Aboriginal Reconciliation Branch, Dept. of Prime Minister & Cabinet], 1997 - Website

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Social Justice Report, Sydney: HREOC, 1997, Chapter 2, p. 14-54 - Website


Articles

Gilbert, Kevin, Aboriginal sovereignty, in ‘The Oxford companion to Aboriginal art and culture’, general editors, Sylvia Kleinert and Margo Neale ; cultural editor, Robyne Bancroft, Melbourne :Oxford University Press, 2000, p.98-99

Reynolds, Henry, Aborigines and the 1967 referendum : thirty years on, Papers on Parliament / Research Section, Department of the Senate. no. 31 (1998), p.55-67

Documents of Reconciliation and Constitutional Issues, A National Document of Reconciliation, paper presented at the Australian Reconciliation Convention by Noel Pearson, 1997 - Website


Films

Fair Go: winning the 1967 referendum, Sydney, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, [1997?]

Vote Yes for Aborigines, a documentary by Frances Peters-Little, produced by Denise Haslem, 2007. Screened on SBS TV, Sunday 27 May, 8:30pm.