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Documents - Yirrkala, 1963-71

The Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement (FCAA) took legal action against the Pechiney Aluminum company's application to lease Yirrkala land at Melville Bay.

FCAA objections to Pechiney lease claims

'Yirrkala', Barry Christophers Papers, 1951-1981, MS 7992/8, box 16, National Library of Australia

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Statement in the House of Representatives on Yirrkala by Paul Hasluck, April 1963

'Yirrkala', Barry Christophers Papers, 1951-1981, MS 7992/8, box 16, National Library of Australia

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Page 1 of 9 This report was prepared by Gordon Bryant, Member for Wills and Vice-President of the Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement, and Kim Beazley senior, Member for Fremantle, following their visit to Yirrkala in July 1963.

Report on Yirrkala, Gordon Bryant and Kim Beazley senior

'Yirrkala', Barry Christophers Papers, 1951-1981, MS7992/8, box 16, National Library of Australia, Canberra

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Page 1 of 2 This petition is from representatives of Yirrkala clans concerning proposed mining of their traditional lands. This version of the Bark Petition contains a copy of the petition. The original petition is in storage to prevent the signatures from fading.

Petition to the Prime Minister embedded in a bark painting, from Yirrkala residents, 1963

Parliament House, Canberra; images courtesy National Archives of Australia, Canberra

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Page 1 of 10 Report of the House of Representatives Select Committee on Grievances of Yirrkala Aborigines, Arnhem Land Reserve, 1963

Report on grievances of Yirrkala Aborigines

Parliamentary Papers 1962-63, No. 311

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 'Writs halt huge Gove scheme'

'Writs halt huge Gove scheme'

Sunday Telegraph, 15 December 1968

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'Gove plan is 1788 colonialism, claims Coombs'

'Gove plan is 1788 colonialism, claims Coombs'

The Australian, 6 January 1969

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Milirrpum and Others, statement of claim, 16 March 1970

Milirrpum and Others, statement of claim, 16 March 1970

Document 128 in Bain Attwood and Andrew Markus, The Struggle for Aboriginal Rights: A Documentary History, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1999

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Crown 'invalidated rights of natives'

Crown 'invalidated rights of natives'

The Sun (Melbourne), 28 April 1971

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