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Second Dispossession & Indigenous Response
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During the early years of Federation, humanitarians were more concerned about the morals of indigenous Australians than their property rights.

In New South Wales, under a philanthropic rationale of 'improvement', closure of the reserves became government policy.

But the aboriginal, or Koori people, saw this as a second dispossession, and in the 1920's organised a political campaign to protect the little land they had left.

During the 1930's, aboriginal people in four states organised civil and land rights campaigns.

And in the Northern Territory, the Commonwealth Government established the Arnhem Land Reserve in 1931, and this was to prove particularly significant in the history of aboriginal land rights.
Gove Case
Topic
1971
aborigines, Blackburn, Justice, Gove, Gove Case, Gove Peninsula, McIntyre, Greg, Nabalco, Yirrkala
Yirrkala & Gove
Topic
1963-1971
bark petition, Gove, industry, land rights, Marika, Roy, mining, Nabalco, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
Native Title & Statutory Land Rights
Topic
 
High Court judgement, land rights, Mabo judgement, native title
A Humanitarian Tradition
Topic
 
Australia, colonialism, Cook, Captain James, First Fleet, humanitarians, land rights, terra nullius
The Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association
Image and Text
1920-1927
activism, Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association, dispossession, Maynard, Fred, New South Wales, Protection Boards, rations, reserves, resistance
A model Aboriginal state
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1920-1927
activism, Arnhem Land, coexistence, dispossession, Gove, humanitarians, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, reserves, Yirrkala
The Australian Aborigines League
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1933-1938
activism, Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association, Australian Aborigines League, coexistence, Cooper, William, Day of Mourning (1938), New South Wales, reserves, South Australia, Victoria
Lousy Little Sixpence
Video
1938
activism, Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association, Australian Aborigines League, Cooper, William, Day of Mourning (1938)
Assimilation
Topic
 
assimilation, Australia, Australia, indigenous Australians, racism, Stolen Generation
Tent Embassy
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1972
activism, Australian Labor Party, Foley, Gary, land rights, resistance, tent embassy, Whitlam, Gough
Ranger Uranium Mine
Topic
1977-1979
Arnhem Land, industry, Kakadu National Park, mining, Northern land Council, Northern Territory, Ranger Uranium Mine
Dispossession
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colonisation, dispossession
Resistance
Topic
 
activism, land rights, land rights, resistance, strike, unionism
The Age Of Paternalism
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Chief Protector of Aborigines, colonisation, Federation, International law, paternalism, protection, terra nullius, White Australia Policy
The Gove Case
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1967-1972
Arnhem Land, Australian Court Case, bark petition, Blackburn, Justice, Gove, Gove Case, land rights, Marika, Roy, Milirrpum v Nabalco Pty Ltd, 1971 , mining, Nabalco, Northern Territory, Yirrkala
The Gove Decision Questioned
Topic
1971
Arnhem Land, Australian Court Case, bark petition, Blackburn, Justice, Canada, Gove, Gove Case, land rights, Milirrpum v Nabalco Pty Ltd, 1971 , mining, Nabalco, Northern Territory, Yirrkala
Day of Mourning
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Jan, 26, 1938
aborigines, activism, Australia Day, 1938, conference, Day of Mourning (1938), land rights, Sydney