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Collaborating for Indigenous Rights 1957-1973

Welcome to the new and expanded Collaborating for Indigenous Rights website.


The fifteen years from the late 1950s to the early 1970s was a time of unusual collaboration between black and white activists in Australia. Alliances were formed between Aboriginal Australians motivated to help their people and white Australians wanting to redress the injustices suffered by dispossessed peoples in the building of the Australian state. This site tells their stories.

The Fights for Civil Rights tells of the campaigns to include Indigenous Australians as members of Australian society with rights to vote and rights to benefits such as the old age pension.

The Struggle for Land Rights documents the concurrent campaigns to develop and disseminate an argument - moral, legal and economic - for an Indigenous right to land at a time when mining companies and governments were working together to develop mines in Aboriginal reserves.

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Don Dunstan

Don Dunstan

The Fights for Civil Rights

Side on image of a bus with the sign Student Action for Aborigines in very large letters on the side. A two-storey building is visible in the background above the bus.

Freedom Ride, 1965

The Struggle for Land Rights

Vincent Lingiari and Mick Rangiari stand to the left of a sign stretched between two poles. The sign's white letters on black background reads: Gurindji mining lease and cattle station.

The Gurindji and the Wave Hill walk-off


1930-39     1940-49     1950-59     1960-69     1970-79