Aboriginal Fight for Human Rights

Timeline created by JaimeHanrahan
In History
  • Aborigines Claim Citizen Rights

    Aborigines Claim Citizen Rights
    A meeting of Aborigines was held in Sydney. A document called the Aborigines Claim Citizen Rights was circulated. This declaration was the first time indigenous people had made a national protest. After this many whites started to take notice of there troubles.
  • World War II Start

    World War II Start
    The awareness of aboriginal living conditions became more noticeable to whites as a result of world war II. Many aboriginals served in the armed forces to fight for australia. The whites thought if they were willing to fight and possibly die for their country, they deserved to be given a fair go.
  • World War II End

    World War II End
    The end of World War II
  • Schooling

    The first formal schooling for Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory is provided
  • The Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement

    The Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement
    the Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement was formed over 15 years this council campaigned for constitutional change, equal wages, access to social service benefits, and land rights.
  • Voting

    Aboriginal people in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory are given the right to vote in Federal elections. Aboriginal people are not made to register but once they have voting is compulsory.
  • The Student Action for Aborigines

    The Student Action for Aborigines
    Indigenous organizations formed a group to fight against discrimination. They formed Student Action for Aborigines (SAFA), which was led by Charles Perkins, a third-year student and Arrente man born in Alice Springs.
  • Integration

    Integration Policy is introduced, meaning Aboriginal people are supposed to have more control over their life and society.
  • Fight by the Gurindji

    Fight by the Gurindji
    Stockmen and women at Wave Hill walk-off in protest against intolerable working conditions and inadequate wages. They establish a camp at Watti Creek and demand the return of some of their traditional lands. This began a seven year fight by the Gurindji people to obtain title to their land.
  • Law changes

    Law changes
    The Australian government held a referendum to change the Australian Constitution, removing two negative references to Indigenous people, and giving the Commonwealth the power to legislate for Indigenous Australians. 90% of the austalian population agreedto these terms intidating a positive shift towards the abourigines
  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) was established, composed of Indigenous peoples whose role was to maximise Indigenous participation in the development and implementation of policies that affected them.