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On this day in 2007 Bruce Trevorrow  
is the first person to receive Stolen Generations compensation by a court. A court justice awarded him $525,000 for ‘pain, suffering and false imprisonment’

Born on this day in 1984 NRL football player Dane Nielson Melbourne Storm
Born on this day in 1984 NRL player Daine Laurie, Penrith panthers
On this day 1996: The High Court of Australia upheld a bid by the Waanyi people for a Native Title claim in north-west Queensland.
On this day 1998: The interim Chairperson of the North East Independent Body (NEIB), Mr Aubrey Lynch, announced that an agreement had been reached with a group of 13 mining companies on a process for identifying Aboriginal heritage sites.
On this day 1999: The Northern Land Council said that it was not surprised or sorry to hear of the resignation of Shane Stone as Chief Minister of the Northern Territory. NLC CEO Norman Fry said he believed that was a view shared by most Territorians
On this day 2002: The Queensland Minister for Families and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy Judy Spence opened nearly $2.5 million in infrastructure project on Thursday Island, in the Torres Strait.
Born On this day in 1987 in Cloncurry long jumper Robert Crowther His personal best is 8.05 metres, achieved at the 2011 athletics championships in Melbourne

Born on this day in 1989 AFL Footballer Sam Sheldon
Recruited by Brisbane Lyons
Born on this day in 1989 AFL Jeffery Garlett recruited by Carlton football club
On this day 1999: Ms Jackie Huggins, co-convenor of the Documents Committee of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, held a press conference at Parliament House, Canberra. Ms Huggins outlined the process of nation-wide consultations with the aim of achieving the broadest possible support from indigenous Australians and the wider community on the Documents of Reconciliation.
On this day 2002: The fourth National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts Conference became one of the key events of the 2002 Adelaide Festival. The conference covered issues from intellectual and cultural property, representation, and on-the-ground issues for Indigenous artists.
On this day 2003: Plans were announced for an Aboriginal interpretive trail in Perth to link the Swan River, the cultural centre, East Perth and the foreshore within five years.

Born on this day AFL footballer Andrew McLeod  AFL great
 played for the Adelaide Crows retired after a 340-game AFL career
On this day in1988 National Aboriginal and islander Children’s Day  (NAICD) was officially launched  by the secretariat National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)
On this day 1937: policy of assimilation for ‘part-Aboriginal’ people to be mainstreamed into the white community was announced by the Federal Minister for Interior, at a conference attended by Federal and State officials.
On this day 1973: The reported Aboriginal population of Australia was 116,000 – with Queensland being the most populated state.

On this day 1876: Truganini  the daughter of Mangana, chief of the Bruny Island tribe, died
On this day 1989: The Aboriginal Children’s Centre in Tasmania was opened in Hobart. On this day 1997: The amended Ten Point Wik Plan was released by the Federal Government and further elaborated in the Government’s Wik Task Force document: ‘Wik: The 10 Point Plan Explained
On this day in 2003: A new report found Aboriginal women were the single fastest growing group of prisoners in New South Wales, making up 31 per cent of all women in jail.
On this day 1997: Cathy Freeman won gold in the 400 meters world final at Athens, becoming the first Indigenous Australian to win a world track and field event.

Born on this day in 1982 NRL player Justin Smith North Queensland Cowboys  
On this day in 2012:  After widespread outrage and a petition signed by 20,337 people Facebook removes a page of Aboriginal memes which portrays Aborigines as drunks who sniff petrol and bludge on welfare
On this day 1996: Queenslander Steven McCarthy was announced as the 1996 winner of the national David Unaipon Award for previously unpublished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers.On this day in 1994 International Day of Indigenous Peoples was proclaimed by the General United Nations General Assembly to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People 1995 and continued until 2015 with the theme of “a decade of action and dignity”
On this day 1997: “Reconciliation has been dealt another blow with the destruction of a Bora Ring in Redcliffe to make way for a new housing development”, Mr Nat Karmichael, Australian Democrats’ candidate for Redcliffe said “The sale of the land in Kippa-Ring to developer, Mr Bob Quinn, without the knowledge of Indigenous people, shows an extensive disregard for their views and cultural aspirations by the Catholic Church, the Redcliffe City Council and the State Government”
On this day 1998: Honouring Emily Kame Kngwarreye Alhalkere – Paintings from Utopia, a Queensland Art Gallery Travelling Exhibition, commenced at the National Gallery of Victoria.
On this day 2001: Thousands of Indigenous performers from across Australia gathered in Alice Springs for the Yeperenye Federation Festival 2001 on the traditional lands of the Arrente people.

On this day 1832: In an attempt to learn more about Aboriginal language and culture, humanitarian Robert Lyon joined a group of Aboriginal people lead by resistance fighter Yagan, on a small island off the coast of Freemantle.
On this day 1839: In New South Wales, the legislative council passed an Act allowing Aboriginal people to give evidence in criminal courts. The legislation was later found to be repugnant to British law and was disallowed.
On this day 1981: The Aboriginal Lands Council met in Adelaide and called for a moratorium on uranium mining at Roxby Downs.
On this day 1997: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Minister, Senator John Herron, announced that the review of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (Northern Territory) 1976 would be headed by NT barrister John Reeves.
On this day 1998: The Students for Land Justice and Reconciliation mini film festival “If Only You Knew .. Indigenous Struggles on Film’ was presented at Erwin Radio Theatre, Fitzroy.
On this day 2000: ATSIC recommended that UNESCO place the Kakadu World Heritage Area on the “in danger” list as a matter of urgency.On this day 2002: The Traditional Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival now named “The Peoples Knockout” was hailed as a huge success, attracting 5000 people from around New South Wales.

Born on this day in 1977 AFL player Byron Pickett, North Melb, Port Adelaide, Melbourne
On this day 1928: The Sydney Morning Herald published details of what was to become known as the Conniston Massacre, with a police party killing 17 Aboriginal people as a reprisal for the killing of a white digger in Central Australia.
On this day 1998: Local government delegates from around Australia gathered in Canberra for an Indigenous issues briefing ahead of the 1998 National General Assembly of Local Government. The Indigenous Issues Briefing had become an annual feature of the National General Assembly providing the opportunity for local Councils to discuss issues and opportunities to improve the planning, co-ordination and delivery of services to Indigenous communities
On this day 1999: ATSIC Chair Gatjil Djerrkura said a lack of proper consultation with the Australian people had sunk the referendum on the republic and the preamble. Mr Djerrkura said the preamble was meant to be an asprational document to unite the nation, but had been drafted behind closed doors without any meaningful consultation with the Australian people, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

Born on this day in 1973 AFL footy player Laclan Ross recruited to Essendon
On this day 1966: The Aboriginal Lands Trust Act 1966 was passed in South Australia. This law marked the first major recognition of Aboriginal Land rights by an Australian government.
On this day 1998: The Queensland Government set itself a four year target of doubling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in the State public sector.
On this day 2003: It was announced that Uluru’s fast-disappearing rock art would be digitally recorded to preserve it for future generations.

Born on this day 1841: Johnny Mullagh (Muarrinim), Aboriginal cricketer.  Mullagh was an important figure in the first Australian cricket team to tour England.
On this day 1980: Aboriginal people marched from Redfern to Parliament House to demonstrate support for the recommendations on land rights by the NSW Parliamentary Select Committee on Aborigines.
On this day 2002: Key stakeholders joined action groups on in Cairns, Townsville and Mount Isa to help the Beattie Government develop local plans to address Indigenous homelessness.
Born on this day AFL footy player Jason Roe recruited to Brisbane Lyons
On this day 2002: Australian Football League star and Dockers player, Dale Kickett, was announced as one of the official ambassadors promoting the 2002 ATSIC Election campaign. Kickett joined an impressive list of outstanding Indigenous role models who encouraged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to check their enrolment details and vote in on 19 October.
On this day 2003: Geoff Clark was suspended from his post as chairman of Australia’s peak Indigenous body ATSIC on the grounds of misbehavior.

On this day in 1963
The Yolngu people of Yirrkala sent a bark petitions to the Australian House of representatives. The petition asserted that the Yolngu people owned that land and protested the Commonwealth’s granting of mining rights to Nabalco of land excised from Arnhem Land reserve. The result was a parliamentary inquiry which recommended that compensation was owed to the Yolngu. Thus, the petition was the first recognition of native title.

Yirrkala Bark Petition 1963

Yirrkala Bark Petition 1963

On this day 1824: Governor Brisbane imposed martial law, because of his concern over reports of conflict around Bathurst resulting in seven Europeans and twice that number of Aboriginal people being killed.
Johnny Mullagh, Aboriginal cricketer, died on this day in 1891.
On this day 1980: Drillers refused to work the rig at Noonkanbah, Western Australia, in support of Aboriginal claims that it was a sacred site. As a result the State Government took over the rig and began drilling on August 22.
On this day 1997: Redland Shire Council and Quandamooka Land Council Aboriginal Corporation signed Australia’s first agreement between a local government authority and a Native Title claimant, based on a common goal of ecologically sustainable development. The agreement titled the Native Title Process Agreement paved the way for the two councils to ensure North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) in Moreton Bay is preserved for all future generations

On this day 1979: A report announced that it would be at least 50 years before the Maralinga atomic test sites  would be completely safe from radioactivity.
On this day 1996: The House of Representatives Standing Committee was asked to inquire into and report on greater autonomy for Torres Strait Islanders.
On this day 1997: The skull of Aboriginal resistance leader Yagan was exhumed from an English grave after months of lobbying by Aboriginal elders for its safe return to Australia.
On this day 1997: Yanggarriny Wunungmurra was announced as the overall winner of the 14th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award.

The Coniston massacre, began from 16 August to 18 October 1928 near theCorniston cattle station  was the last known massacre of indigenous Australians. People of theWarlpiri, Anmatyerre  andKaytetye groups were killed. The massacre occurred in revenge for the death of dingo hunter Frederick Brooks, killed by Aborigines in August 1928 at a place now known asYukurru  (also known as Brooks Soak). Official records at the time stated that 31 people were killed. The then-owner of Coniston station, Randall Stafford, was a member of the punitive party for the first few days and estimated that at least twice that number were killed between 14 August and 1 September. Historians estimate that at least 60 and as many as 110 Aboriginal men, women and children were killed.The Warlpiri, Anmatyerre and Kaytetye believe that up to 170 died between 14 August and 18 October.
On this day 1968: The Medical Congress was told Aboriginal infant deaths account for 10 per cent of all Australian deaths in that age group.
On this day 1975: The Gurindji people of Northern Territory reclaimed 3,250 square kilometers of tribal land from a British pastoral company at Wave Hill station -now called Daguragu.
On this day 1981: Champion Aboriginal rugby league brothers Gary, Glen and Mark Ella were all selected to play for the Wallabies in England. The three brothers created history, as they are the only group of brothers to be selected, and to play, for the Wallabies.
On this day 1987: After Lloyd James Boney’s funeral there was a five-hour series of clashes with police (including the Tactical Response Group). The Brewarrina Aboriginal community did not accept Boney’s death had been suicide.
On this day 2002: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission of Western Australia revealed the Premier’s Office had invited ATSIC to work closely with government to address the problem of family violence and child abuse. The State Government invited ATSIC to have a presence on the Implementation Committee – in line with Recommendation 143 of the Gordon Inquiry report.



On this day in 1978 the Tiwi Island Land council was established The Tiwi Land Council was established following requests by the Tiwi people for recognition of their distinct geographic and cultural identity. These representations were a consequence of the Aboriginal  land Rights NT act 1976.
On this day 1996: A National Camp-in Protest in Canberra at Old Parliament House commenced. People representing all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations were requested to be prepared to stay for Tuesday—Budget day. ATSIC Board of Commissioners expressed fears that the government budget cuts would effectively spell the end of ATSIC and most community programs and organisations that ATSIC funds.
On this day 1997: Burnam Burnam died on this day in 1997 aged 61 he was Woiworung and Yorta Yorta
On this day in1997: Mining companies including North Ltd and WMC Ltd agreed with Aboriginal groups on a blueprint to pave the way for mining exploration in the far western reaches of South Australia. North Ltd was one of fourteen mining companies involved in ongoing negotiations in a bid to streamline dealings with Aboriginal communities.
On this day in 2003 Queensland ATSIC commissioner Lionel Quartermaine was elected deputy and acting chairman of Australia’s peak Indigenous body.

On this day in 1944: A national referendum was held to determine public opinion on granting the federal government additional powers for implementing its post war reconstruction program. A ‘yes’ vote would have given the government a mandate to transfer to itself for five years certain functions exercised by the states. Known as the ‘powers’ referendum because 14 separate powers were involved, it included a question about giving the federal government power to legislate for Aborigines. The ‘no’ vote rejected these proposals and delayed by a generation the Australian government’s entry into Aboriginal administration, which finally occurred after the ‘yes’ vote at the 1967 referendum.

Born on this day in 1980 AFL footballer Shannon Rusca recruited by Brisbane
On this day 1963: Arnhem Land Aboriginal communities protested to Canberra about the handing over of land to bauxite mining concerns.
On this day 1997: The release of a study into the social impact of development on Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory’s Kakadu region by Environment Minister Robert Hill. A major report published on this day said mining, tourism and other developments in the Kakadu area have had virtually no benefits for the region’s Indigenous people.
On this day 1997: The highly-acclaimed documentary “Mabo – Life of an Island Man“aired on ABC-TV.
On this day 1997: 27,000 Catholic school children gathered at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane to celebrate the process of reconciliation. In the front row, elders from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community sat with children from as far afield as Gympie and the Gold Coast.
On this day 1998: SOCOG President and minister for the Olympics Michael Knight announced that Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris-Kneebone, the first Aboriginal athlete to win a gold medal, would be the first person in Australia to carry the Sydney 2000 Olympic Torch.
On this day 1998: The 1998 Aboriginal Health Conference commenced at the Millennium Hotel, Sydney. Its purpose was to identify pathways for government, Aboriginal communities and the health industry to work together to achieve real improvements in the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
On this day 2001: The Australian youth cricket team defeated a Kent representative XI by 143 runs. On the same day England defeated Australia at Headingly, the young Aboriginal cricketers, bowled the Kent side out for 84 in just 37 over’s.
On this day 2001: An agreement was ratified to recognise the native title rights of the Tjurabalan traditional owners of a 26, area of the Tanami Desert region, south of Halls Creek.  It was the first negotiated settlement of a native title application by the newly elected Labor Government.

On this day 1945: Arnold Lockyer, an Aboriginal airman who served as a flight engineer and air gunner, died on this day while a prisoner of war. His bomber was shot down during an operation over the Celebes on 17 July.
On this day 1997: Scenes from traditional children’s dreaming stories produced for television by the all-Aboriginal animation company, ‘Aboriginal Nations’, were the subject of a new Australia Post series.
Born on this day in 1958 AFL footballer Mark Williams played for Essendon and coached Port Adelaide.
On this day 1998: One of Brisbane’s most significant Aboriginal meeting places was placed in the hands of its traditional owners following an historic decision by the Beattie Government. After 13 years of frustration and struggle by Brisbane’s Aboriginal community, a portion of land in Musgrave Park in South Brisbane was set aside under a special Deed of Grant in Trust to the Brisbane City Council for Aboriginal heritage, cultural and historical purpose.
On this day 1998: The Full Court of the Federal Court dismissed an appeal by Mirrar Senior Traditional Owner, Yvonne Margarula, in one of several legal challenges to the validity of the proposed Jabiluka uranium mine.
On this day 1998: The Land Rights Act Review Report was tabled out of session in the Federal Parliament on this day, without the Northern Land Council’s knowledge.On this day 2003: Aboriginal and Torres Trait Islander cultural heritage in Queensland was afforded greater recognition and protection under new laws introduced to State Parliament on this day.

On this day 1770: Captain James Cook had his first sightings of Torres Strait Islanders on (Possession) Island. Passing through the Strait aboard the ‘Endeavour’, Cook observed the primary food source of the Islanders as shellfish and noticed that they functioned as nomadic food gatherers rather than nomadic hunters. Cook further stated: “two or three of the men we saw yesterday had on pretty large breast plates which we supposed were made of Pearl Oyster shells, this as well as the bows and arrows before”.
On this day 1927: Aboriginal people protested against the removal of sacred stones in Central Australia by a tourist.
On this day 1996: The Governor General of Australia stated that reconciliation between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians should be Australia’s prime objective in the years leading up to the year 2001.
On this day 1998: Queensland Justice Minister Matt Foley handed over freehold title of five islands in the Torres Strait to their customary owners the Gau people. The islands are Bet and Poll Islets, which form part of the Warraber Island Deed of Grand in Trust, and Aureed, Roberts Islet and Saddle Island which were former reserves.
On this day 2002: ATSIC congratulated the Northern Territory Government on the 2002/03 Budget, saying it was a further indication of the willingness of the NT Government to develop meaningful partnerships with Indigenous Territorians.

On this day
1937: The first joint meeting of Torres Strait Islander community councillors at Masig (Yorke) Island.
On this day 1972: The 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.
On this day 1996: The Djomi Museum of Cultural Keeping Place of the Maningrida Aboriginal community, Arnhem Land, was officially opened.
On this day 1996: Thirty years ago after Aboriginal stockmen and station hands went on strike at remote Wave Hill station and captured world headlines, it was announced the places associated with their walk-off were being considered for national heritage listing.
On this day 1998: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission welcomed the Australian Olympic Committee’s decision to allow athletes to display the Aboriginal flag if they were to win a medal at the Sydney Olympics.
On this day 1872: The Queensland Government passed laws extending the Queensland area of responsibility 100km north of Cape York to the Torres Strait. This move was prompted by an increasing lawlessness in the Straits, and was proposed by Queensland Premier Palmer.

Born on this day NRL player Joel Thompson
Canberra Raiders
On this day 1942: Leonard Waters, from Nindigully near St George, Queensland, joined the RAAF on this day, working as ground staff and training as a flight mechanic. By December 1943 he had volunteered for air crew, had been selected and was training in Victoria. Studying at night to improve his chances, Waters excelled at the various courses, and was eventually selected as an elite fighter pilot.
On this day 1942: Patrols of Aboriginal people were sent out to locate the enemy when the Commander at RAAF airbase, Emerald River Mission, Groote Eylandt, heard an unidentified plane.
On this day 1994: Cathy Freeman became the first female Indigenous Australian to win an individual track gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Canada.

On this day
1840: Two Aboriginal people were hanged at Encounter Bay for their alleged part in the murder of 24 crew and passengers after the brig Maria’ was wrecked on the Coorong.
On this day 2002: Football lovers had a rare opportunity to witness Marn Grook – the Aboriginal forerunner of Australian Rules Football at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Fifty Indigenous footballers comprising a team from the Tiwi Islands and an ATSIC Chairman’s team combining Victorian and Northern Territory players demonstrated this spectacular and high-marking football game as a curtain-raiser to the Collingwood – St Kilda clash.
On this day 1952: It was reported that more than half the Aboriginal people in older settlements had tuberculosis.

On this day 1966: Two hundred Gurindji stockmen at Wave Hill cattle station in the Northern Territory went on strike, claiming a wage increase from $5 to $10 per week, to $50 per week. There were about 1,500 Aborigines employed as stockmen and domestic staff. Aboriginal stockmen wanted full award wages to be paid on all cattle stations.
On this day 1998: Following Senator Aden Ridgeway’s maiden speech and the Government’s negotiations with the Democrats, Federal Parliament passed a declaration of “deep and sincere regret” for the past injustices to Aboriginal people.
On this day 2002: Aboriginal elder Alby Clarke began a 3000 kilometre bicycle trek. The 67-year-old had been afflicted by diabetes and had beaten the disease, and embarked on an epic journey to his home with the Gunditjmara community, near Warrnambool in western Victoria.

On this day in 2009
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma outlines the proposed model for a new national Indigenous representative body to fill the void since the demise of ATSIC in 2004. The model enables representation by Indigenous land councils, peak bodies and other Indigenous organisations, as well as a place for leaders operating at all levels. It has a 50/50 gender rule for representatives and an overseeing role of an ethics committee

On this day 1841: 50 Aboriginal people were killed on the banks of the Rufus River by police and volunteers sent to protect overlanders. The party had been sent from Adelaide to this southwest region of NSW after reports that men and cattle had been killed there. They opened fire when a party of about 150 Aborigines advanced ‘with their spears quivering’.

On this day 1970: The Federal Government declared it would not recognise claims of Aboriginal people to traditional land. Aboriginal squatters claimed part of the NT station, Wave Hill, but the Government’s decision meant that even if relinquished by the owners, it would not be reallocated to the Aboriginal people. On this day 1992: The Australian Indigenous Peoples Party was formally launched, at a meeting where every major Aboriginal and Islander community organisation from the Brisbane metropolitan area was represented.
On this day 1994: Aboriginal athlete Cathy Freeman became the first runner to win a 200 and a 400 meters double at the Commonwealth Games.

Born on this day in 1988 AFL footballer Wade Thompson  Port Adelaide footy club
On this day in 2001: The opening day of the Kimberley region’s week-long Aboriginal Law and Cultural Festival which attracted approximately 2,000 people from across the Kimberley region, representing 30 language groups. It is known to locals as Junba Nyanangarriyu Biya Yuwa or simply Biya Yuwa (pron: Bee-Yay You- Way, this is short for, “Corroboree for Big Mob at 12-mile”).
Born on this day in 1987 AFL footballer Courtney Dempsey recruited by Essendon
On this day 1997: The Federal Government would provide $1.5 million for a Queensland Indigenous Higher Education Centre specialising in health,
On this day 1998: A two-day meeting of over 70 members of the full council of the Northern Land Council reiterated its opposition to the establishment of 18 Northern Territory Land Councils, one of the recommendations contained in the then recently tabled Review of the Northern Territory Land Rights Act.
On this day
2002: Sydney’s first Indigenous Employment Centre (IEC) was launched in Redfern with the aim of providing services to Indigenous job seekers who were ready to move from part-time, unskilled employment to more permanent work.
On this day 2003: The Queensland Government announced Indigenous workers across the Torres Strait would learn valuable new skills and enjoy improved employment opportunities, following a State Government grant to the Island Coordinating Council.
On this day in 2010 The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) delivers a damning report on Australia’s failure to meet international commitments on eliminating discrimination

On this day 1837: The Select Committee on Aborigines in the British Settlements tabled its report in the House of Commons. It noted that the invasion of Aboriginal lands by Europeans had intentionally or unintentionally led to the destruction of Aboriginal society, even genocide.
On this day 2000: The National Native Title Tribunal hailed as an historic breakthrough the first agreement to formally recognise native title in Western Australia and the largest native title settlement in the nation. The decision involved 50,000 square kilometres, and a range of interests including 24 pastoral interests, 28 mining companies, Telstra, the Shire of Meekatharra and the Western Australian government.
On this day 2001: Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth cricket team held a moving ceremony at the gravesite of King Cole, a player who died on the original 1868 all-Aboriginal tour 133 years previously.
On this day 2002: The first International Desert Knowledge Symposium was held in Alice Springs to discuss issues surrounding traditional knowledge and culture.
On this day 2003: A new study found the life expectancy of Aboriginal Australians was 20 years less than the general population.


On this day in 2007: The High Court rejects legislation passed by the Howard government which denied all prisoners the right to vote. This law was challenged by Vickie Roach, an Aboriginal prisoner in Melbourne. But the Court upheld the validity of the law providing that prisoners serving a sentence of three years or longer are not
entitled to vote.On this day in 1886: Charles Samuels from Jimbour Station near Dalby in Queensland outclassed  his rivals in the final of the Sir Joseph Banks handicap sprint race at the Carington Ground in Sydney
On this day 1981: Drilling operations started at Noonkanbah when a convoy of trucks under police escort was sent from Perth. The WA government was criticised by the UN following a visit by an Aboriginal delegation. No oil was found at Noonkanbah.
On this day 2001: The release of a report which showed that Indigenous art accounted for $36 million or 17 per cent of total sales through commercial art galleries in Australia.


On this day in1834: Captain Wiseman’s vessel, the ‘Augustus Caesar’ visited Nahgi Island, discovering ship wreckage but unable to find the source, and sighted islanders on a beach nearby. This was one of the last sightings of the Kulkalgal people, who after open conflict with white settlers, slowly declined in numbers.
On this day in1931: 31,200 square miles of Arnhem Land was set aside for Aboriginal people.On this day in2001: The Full Court of the Federal Court handed down its decision in the appeal of Lorna Cubillo and Peter Gunner. The Full Federal Court agreed with the trial judge’s position that the Commonwealth was not liable to pay compensation to Mrs Cubillo or Mr Gunner who said they had been wrongfully and unjustifiably affected by past practices in the Northern Territory.
On this day in2001: The World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR) began in Durban on this day. It was attended by ATSIC chair Geoff Clark along with along with ATSIC Commissioners Brian Butler and Commissioner Patricia Thompson.

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