Jul 20 all-day
20 July: the colony’s Judge-Advocate, Richard Atkins when referring to whether or not Aboriginal people could be witnesses or criminals before a court stated that Aboriginal people “are at present incapable of being brought before a criminal court – and that the only mode at present when they deserve it, is to pursue them and inflict such punishment as they ...
Aug 7 all-day
Jerry Jerome didn’t start his professional boxing career until 33, but still managed to become the first acknowledged Aboriginal national title holder.
Aug 9 all-day
The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People aims to make the voices of Indigenous peoples heard more clearly around the world and to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples and improve their situations with respect to their lands, their languages, their livelihoods, and their cultures. This day is also to strengthen international cooperation for the solution of problems faced ...
Aug 15 all-day
William Barak (1824-1903), Wurnundjeri/Woiwurrung activist, artist, diplomat and knowledge holder. His face is used on a controversial building in Melbourne. Learn more about his life here: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/barak-william-2930 http://www.cv.vic.gov.au/stories/aboriginal-culture/william-barak/william-barak-king-of-the-yarra/ http://theconversation.com/melbournes-new-william-barak-building-is-a-cruel-juxtaposition-38983
Aug 23 all-day
23 August, NSW Director-General of Education approved the removal of the section of the teachers’ handbook that allowed school principals the right to refuse enrolment to Aboriginal children because of home conditions or substantial opposition from the community.
Aug 26 all-day
1841. On 27 August an extensive massacre at Lake Minimup in Western Australia, led by Captain John Molloy who “gave special instructions that no woman or child should be killed, but that no mercy should be offered the men. A strong and final lesson must be taught the blacks. … The white men had no mercy. The black men were ...
Aug 28 all-day
1963 in July a bark petition against mining on the Gove Peninsula is drawn up by the senior men of the affected clans. On 28 August the petition is presented to the Governor General. Although it is signed by more senior clan members, the Federal Government fails to recognise Aboriginal political structure and rejects the petition because of insufficient signatures. ...