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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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Margaret Tucker

Margaret Tucker

The Fights for Civil Rights

Five Aboriginal men facing the camera, standing in front of two white men seated at a table covered with a lace table cloth and piled with various official documents. The table is located outside near a fence gate. A garage and hillside are visible in the distance.

Census collection, Ernabella

The Struggle for Land Rights

A formal gathering with two men standing at a podium and others seated facing an audience. Striped material forms the backdrop of the stage area. The backs of two heads are in the foreground of the shot.

Receiving the title deed to Lake Tyers


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