July Jocks

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JULY 1   
Born on this day in 1944 Syd Jackson is a former AFL footballer who played with Carlton during the 1970s. He usually played in the centre or half forward flank.  Jackson started his professional footballing career at East Perth in 1963. Jackson made his debut with Carlton in 1969 after being recruited by Ron Barassi   He won premierships in the Blues in 1970 and 1972. His jumper number was 5. He was exonerated by the tribunal after striking Lee Adamson with the tribunal accepting that he was racially provoked. At the Tribunal hearing Jackson had allowed Carlton’s advocate to imply provocation to explain a fight with Adamson. Twenty-two years later he explained that there had been no provocation; Carlton president George Harris had devised the defense to ensure that the talented Jackson was available to play in the grand final. … Adamson is quoted as saying he blamed Harris who ‘set it up and I have despised him ever since for what he did’
On this day in 2007 The Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act comes into effect, aiming to strengthen governance and management of Aboriginal corporations with consistent practices and standards
On this day in 2003: It was revealed that a chance discovery by a bushwalker had lead to one of the most significant finds of Aboriginal rock art in Australia’s history.

JULY 2
Born on this day in 198
9 Cameron Stokes Recruited by Hawthorne
On this day in 1832: The Tasmanian Protector of Aborigines, George Augustus Robinson arrived in Hobart with a group of Aboriginal people from Oyster Bay and BigRiver regions. This was the last recorded group of Aboriginal people inTasmania to be resettled on Flinders Island in Bass Strait.
On this day in 1841: Gondu-urmin, a Kalkalgoodnet native, was shot, according to George Robertson’s listing of ‘Aborigines – Outrages Against’ in the 1879 AustralianDictionary of Dates and Men of the Time.
On this day in 1967: Death of famous Aboriginal inventor and author David Unaipon ofNgarrindjeri, aged 94.
On this day in 1972: Opposition leader Gough Whitlam stated that tribal land rights would be given under a Labour Government when he met with a small group ofAboriginal protesters at the Tent Embassy, Canberra.
On this day in 1972: Evonne Goolagong   won the Wimbledon singles title.
On this day in 2003: Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Pattersonannounced a $2.3 million grant to a Darwin research team whose aim is to improve research into the health of Indigenous Australians.

JULY 3
Born on this day in 1987
Carl Peterson recruited by Hawthorne
Born on this day in 1984 Michael Bani NRL player for the North Queensland Cowboys
On this day in 1840: Members of the Konongwootong Gunditj clan made off with over 120 of the Whyte brothers’ sheep, following the second massacre of their people by the Whyte brothers just one month after they began occupying Konongwootong land on the Wando River.
On this day in 1869: William Lanney’s skull was found to have been stolen. Lanney, or King Billy, as he was called, was reportedly the last male of fully Aboriginal descentleft in Tasmania, and had died at the age of 34 from choleric diarrhoea.
On this day in 1940: Bathurst Island Mission authorities, with the aid of their Aboriginalworkers, agreed to do the upgrading and construction work of the Island’s landing ground.
On this day in 1966: The Commonwealth Arbitration Commission decided that from December 1, 1968 Aboriginal stockmen employed on Northern Territory cattle stations would receive the same pay and conditions as white stockmen.
On this day in 2002: Matthew Bradley, the captain of the ATSIC Chairman’s cricket side and his team, gave memorabilia and team gear from 2001’s historic cricket match against the Prime Minister’s team, to the National Museum of Australia. They presented a cricket bat signed by both teams, posters, program, cricket caps, playing outfit and video of the match
On this day in 2008 400 Aboriginal men take part in an Aboriginal male health summit and issue the Inteyerrkwe Statement, an apology from men to women for  Violence and abuse.

JULY 4
On this day in 1992
: Mount Isa Aboriginal Media Association was incorporated.
On this day in 1997: The first Native Title deed granted on mainland Australia was awarded to the Dunghutti people for land at Crescent Head near Kempsey in NSW.JULY 5
Born on this day in 1988 AFL footballer Leroy Jetta recruited by Essendon
On this day in 1997: National Native Title Tribunal President, Justice Robert French, congratulated native title claimants, Century Zinc Ltd and the State of Queensland, on reaching agreement allowing for the go ahead of the Century Zinc project. Justice French acknowledged that the negotiations, commenced well before the introduction of the Native Title Act, had been long and difficult.

JULY 6
On this day in 2000
: A groundswell of support for the idea of a treaty between black and white Australian’s was indicated in a news poll in The Australian newspaper. The news poll found support for a formal apology to Aboriginal people had fallen but more voters were supporting the signing of a treaty.
On this day in 2000: A new road at Melbourne’s waterfront docklands development was officially named ‘Wurundjeri’ Way, after the city’s original landowners. The Wurundjeri people lived in the Melbourne region before the arrival of Europeans.
On this day in 2001: The life and work of one of Australia’s most famous Aboriginal painters, Albert Namatjira, was to become part of an educational website thanks to a Federal grant, the Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Philip Ruddock, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) Chairman, Geoff Clark. Mr Ruddock and Mr Clark said ATSIC would provide $20,000 in funding to the ‘In the Artist’s Footsteps’ educational website to feature Mr Namatjira.
Born on this day in 1988 AFL footballer Sharron Wellington recruited by Collingwood
Born on this day in 1960 NRL  Malcolm Norman Meninga AM is an Australian former Rugy League test captain and current coach of Queensland’s State of Origin team. As a player he was a legendary goal-kicking Centre counted amongst the finest footballers of the 20th century. He went on to coach for five seasons in the NRL  with the Canberra Raiders and has been coach of  Queensland State of Origin team since 2006, having not yet lost a series. Meninga broke numerous rugby league records during his playing career. He retired with the most appearances, and most points for the ARL and became the top-point scorer for Queensland in State of Origin history. Meninga has since been honored as a Member of the Order of Australia ,and has been inducted into the ARU hall of fame and has also been named at centre in both Queensland’s and Australia’s rugby league teams of the century.
On this day in 1966: The Commonwealth Arbitration Commission decided that from December 1, 1968 Aboriginal stockmen employed on Northern Territory cattle stations would receive the same pay and conditions as white stockmen
On this day in 2002: Matthew Bradley, the captain of the ATSIC Chairman’s cricket side and his team, gave memorabilia and team gear from 2001’s historic cricket match against the Prime Minister’s team, to the National Museum of Australia. They presented a cricket bat signed by both teams, posters, program, cricket caps, playing outfit and video of the match.

JULY 4
On this day in 1992:
Mount Isa Aboriginal Media Association was incorporated.
On this day in 1997: The first Native Title deed granted on mainland Australia was awarded to the Dunghutti people for land at Crescent Head near Kempsey in NSW.

JULY 5
Born on this day in 1988 AFL footballer Leroy Jetta recruited by Essendon
On this day in 1997: National Native Title Tribunal President, Justice Robert French, congratulated native title claimants, Century Zinc Ltd and the State of Queensland, on reaching agreement allowing for the go ahead of the Century Zinc project. Justice French acknowledged that the negotiations, commenced well before the introduction of the Native Title Act, had been long and difficult.

JULY 6
On this day in 2000: A groundswell of support for the idea of a treaty between black and white Australian’s was indicated in a news poll in The Australian newspaper. The news poll found support for a formal apology to Aboriginal people had fallen but more voters were supporting the signing of a treaty.
Born on this day in 1988 AFL footballer Leroy Jetta recruited by Essendon
On this day in 2000: A new road at Melbourne’s waterfront docklands development was officially named ‘Wurundjeri’ Way, after the city’s original landowners. The Wurundjeri people lived in the Melbourne region before the arrival of Europeans.
On this day in 2001: The life and work of one of Australia’s most famous Aboriginal painters, Albert Namatjira, was to become part of an educational website thanks to a Federal grant, the Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Philip Ruddock, and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) Chairman, Geoff Clark. Mr Ruddock and Mr Clark said ATSIC would provide $20,000 in funding to the ‘In the Artist’s Footsteps’ educational website to feature Mr Namatjira.
Born on this day in 1988 AFL footballer Sharron Wellington recruited by Collingwood

JULY 7
On this day in 1886:
Death of Lucy Beeton, aged 57. Lucy Beeton had established the first Aboriginal School on Gun Carriage Island in northeast Tasmania.
On this day in 1986: A last-minute list of amendments to Aboriginal and Islander policy caused bitter divisions between factions at the ALP national conference in Hobart. Land Council lobbyists were desperately seeking support to introduce the amendments which would make substantial changes to the policy and which could have important financial implications for the Northern Territory.
On this day in 2003: Australia’s first Centre of Clinical Research Excellence dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, was announced on this day by the Federal Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Kay Patterson.

JULY 8
On this day in 1928:
The Coniston Massacre. Two men of the Walbiri killed a pastoralist near Coniston in the Northern Territory for abusing a woman. In retribution police patrols officially claimed to kill 32 Walpiri, though the Walpiri themselves stated that between 60 and 70 of their people were murdered.
On this day in 1984: Aboriginal activist Michael Mansell was admitted to the Tasmanian Supreme Court as a barrister after graduating in Law at the University of Tasmania in 1982.

JULY 9
On this day in 1790: Governor Phillip was severely wounded by a spear thrown by an Aboriginal person at Manly Cove.
On this day in 1795: Bennelong, one of the Aborigines who accompanied Arthur Phillip to England, returned home.
Born on this day in 1980 AFL footballer Garth Taylor recruited by freemantle
On this day in 1990: At a meeting held in Lockhard River, representatives of the traditional owners of Cape York resolved to form the Cape York Land Council.
On this day in  1998: The official launch of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Educational Web Site (NATSIEW). NATSIEW was the outcome of a joint project between the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs and the South Australian Department of Education
Born on this day in 1990 AFL Alroy Gilligan

JULY 10
On this day in  1830: The Black Line – Tasmanian soldiers, police, free settlers and freed convicts under Major Douglas of the 63rd regiment were to round up all remaining Tasmanian Aboriginal people and force them into the Tasman Peninsula. The final tally of casualties included four or five troops killed accidentally.
On this day in  1958: Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira was sentenced to six months jail with hard labour on this day for supplying liquor to an Aboriginal ward. The incident occurred during an 85-mile taxi ride from Alice Springs to the Hermannsburg Mission. The magistrate imposed the minimum sentence, saying that ‘because you had been drinking your judgement may have been impaired to some degree’.
On this day in  1972: The Minister for the Army, Bob Katter Snr, named an American-built helicopter Kalkadoon in a ceremony at Kalkadoon Park, Mt Isa. In his speech, Katter said: “It is fitting that the Army’s new helicopter should be named after the Kalkadoon tribe, which lived and hunted in the Mount Isa and Cloncurry area. The Kalkadoons have gone down in history as one of the few… tribes in Australia that has stood up to the whites in open battle”.
On this day in  1999: Murandoo Yanner was granted the right to hunt wildlife on his traditional land. This decision by the High Court determined that the Queensland Fauna Conservation Act did not extinguish Yanner’s (or any other Indigenous person’s) hunting rights.
On this day in  2003: It was announced that one of Australia’s most controversial mines, the Jabiluka deposit in Kakadu National Park, would be cleaned up under landmark agreement between resources giant Rio Tinto and traditional Aboriginal owners.
On this day in1996: The Northern Land Council and the Northern Territory Fishing Industry Council agreed upon a collaborative dugong protection strategy for the Borroloola area.
On this day in1998: Brisbane Lord Mayor, Cr Jim Soorely, officially launched “yarnin’ tracks” – an exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Inala Gallery and Community Centre. “Yarnin’ tracks” consisted of works from Access Art’s Indigenous projects which had been conducted throughout the State in prisons and psychiatric settings, as well as community settings including Inala, Palm Island, Thursday Island and Bamaga.
On this day in  2002: Gary Lewis was elected as new chairman for the Anangu Pitjantjatjara
On this day in 2003: Indigenous actress Deborah Mailman added to her long list of honors by winning the accolade of NAIDOC Person of the Year. On this day in 2003: Human Rights campaigner Joe McGinness passed away on this day.

JULY 11
On this day in 1976:
The first Tasmanian Aboriginal land rights march was held a Launceston in Tasmania.

JULY 12
On this day in 1897:
Pigeon, a notorious Aboriginal leader of a 20-strong group of men was shot after a three years campaign by Western Australian police.
On this day in 1962: Philip Magalnir, a Pastor at the Goulburn Island Methodist Mission near Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, became the first Aboriginal person to vote in Australia under newly adopted electoral laws.
On this day in 2000: Queensland Premier Peter Beattie pledged $100,000 in funding to Reconciliation Queensland to ensure the continuation of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Queensland. Premier Beattie said this funding will assist the new body, Reconciliation Queensland Inc, to carry on the excellent work of its predecessor, the State Reconciliation Committee.
On this day in 2001: Indigenous people paid their respects at the funeral of Aboriginal boxer and former Olympian Joe Donovan. Donovan was a role model and inspiration to his people not only for his sporting prowess, but for hisachievements in the areas of youth and community work. One of the first Aboriginals to represent his country at the Olympics – he competed in Mexico in 1968 – and was considered by many to have been robbed of a bronze medal in the light flyweight division.

JULY 13
On this day in 2007 National Indigenous Television (NITV),
Australia’s first national 24-hour Aboriginal television service, starts. A review in 2011 recommended the service be broadcast on free to air SBS television effectively putting an end to the aspirations of Aboriginal people ever running and controlling their own television service.
On this day in 1972: An Aboriginal embassy was established in Adelaide (following a consulate in Perth). The Adelaide embassy flew the red, black and yellow Aboriginal flag designed by Harold Thomas and first flown in Adelaide in 1971
On this day in 2001: The launch of Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) at the Sydney Stock Exchange, an organistion designed to encourage business enterprise for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Born on this day AFL football player Cyril Rioli recruited by Hawthorn Football club
On this day in 2001: The outstanding achievements of seven Indigenous Australians were recognised with the announcement of the 2001 National NAIDOC Awards. The Awards were announced during the annual NAIDOC Ball in Melbourne. The Indigenous Person of the Year was Victorian musician, Kutcha Edwards. Also honoured were five time Paralympian, Warren Lawton, elders Cec Fisher and Alice “Mummy Mick” Clark, academic, Dr Cheryl Kickett Tucker, Western Australian youth, Vanessa Elliot and trainee Todd Phillips.
On this day in 2003: Olympic gold medallist Cathy Freeman retired from athletics

JULY 14
On this day in 1972:
The Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) decided this day would be the occasion for a massive national protest against the needless suffering of Australia’s original inhabitants.
On this day in 1972: An anti-racism protest march led by Black Panther Party members made its way through Adelaide Street, Brisbane on this day.

JULY 15
On this day in 1987:
Dale Shearer, an Aboriginal Rugby League player, kicked the winning goal for Queensland in their 10-8 victory over New South Wales in the 1987 State of Origin series. Born in St George, Queensland, Shearer played 20 Tests for Australia and enjoyed a long career in the game, spanning from 1983 to 1999.
On this day in 2009.When their community’s sewerage system fails and raw sewage floods the street many members of the Ampilatwatja people walk off to camp in the desert during the Australian winter.

JULY 16
Born on this day in 1976
AFL footballer Clem Michael played for Freemantle
Born on this day in 1974 Wendell Jermaine Sailor  in Sarina Queensland represented his country in both rugby league and rugby union   a dual code international.Sailor’s large frame and bullocking style changed the way wingers played rugby league in the late nineties. He has often attracted public attention during his career, none more so than in 2006 after the return of a positive drug test following the Waratahs v Brumbies match at Aussie Stadium on 16 April 2006.This put an end to his rugby union career as he received a two year suspension from all forms of professional sport. He successfully returned to rugby league in May 2008 with  NRL club St George Dragons once his ban expired, playing an additional two seasons under his old coach at Brisbane,Wayne Bennett before retiring.On this day in 1991: The re-occupation of Wybalenna on Flinders Island, Tasmania.
On this day in 1990: The Aboriginal Provisional Government was established by delegates attending the National Federation of Land Council’s meeting at Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.

JULY 17 
On this day in 1880: The last appearance in the Queenslander newspaper of the powerful series of letters dealing with treatment of Aboriginal people titled ‘The Way We Civilise’.
On this day in 1945: Arnold Lockyer, an Aboriginal airman who served as a flight engineer and air gunner, survived his bomber being shot down during an operation over the Celebes on this day. However, he died later while a prisoner of war on 21 August 1945.

JULY 18
Born on this day 1989 Jarrod Harbrow Afl Footballer recruited by Western Buldogs
On this day in 2000 The Queensland Government announced groups of Elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders who were helping break the cycle of crime and imprisonment would receive record funding under the 2000-2001 Queensland Budget. The Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy, Judy Spence, said Indigenous local justice groups would receive $1.592 million in 2000-2001, with funding to be maintained at this level for four years.
On this day in 2000: The National Native Title Tribunal welcomed the Federal Court finding of native title on pastoral lease land and adjoining rivers in the Roper River region of the Northern Territory. Tribunal President Graeme Neate said the determination by Justice Olney on this day in relation to most of the old St Vidgeon’s pastoral lease and nearby rivers was another milestone in the recognition and protection of native title and was further confirmation that native title was here to stay.
On this day in 2000: The former chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and ATSIC Commissioner for the Northern Territory North Zone, Gatjil Djerrkura, OAM, officially announced his resignation from the ATSIC Board of Commissioners.
On this day in 2001: ATSIC and the Federal Government announced 66 employment and training projects for Indigenous job seekers worth $11 million.
On this day in 2001: An historic agreement, recognising an important Aboriginal site on land for a new Primary School in Swanbourne, was been signed by Nyungah Elders and WA Education Minister Alan Carpenter on this day. The agreement marked the culmination of nearly three years of negotiation between 18 Nyungah Elders and the Education Department and related to an important Aboriginal site in the area of Lake Claremont, formerly known as Butlers Swamp.
On this day in 2003: More than 35 Federal Police supervised the removal of a burnt-out shipping container from the Aboriginal Tent Embassy outside Old Parliament House.
On this day in 2000: The Queensland Government announced groups of Elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders who were helping break the cycle of crime and imprisonment would receive record funding under the 2000-2001 Queensland Budget. The Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy, Judy Spence, said Indigenous local justice groups would receive $1.592 million in 2000-2001, with funding to be maintained at this level for four years.

JULY 19
On this day in 1770:
A disagreement occurred on board the Endeavour. Captain Cook reported that local Aboriginal people boarded the ship, and when they were not allowed to take some of the turtles the crew had taken, they began to throw things overboard, and setting fire to grass around the explorer’s camp on shore.
On this day in 1986: The Wanang Ngari Aboriginal community near Derby were granted $110,000 (by the Federal Government) to explore and preserve ancient Aboriginal artefacts in the area. Nine Ngarinyin Aboriginal people were to be employed for 26 weeks to restore and preserve rock paintings hundreds of years old
On this day in 1998: Honouring Emily Kame Kngwarreye Alhalkere – Paintings from Utopia, a Queensland Art Gallery Travelling Exhibition held at the Art Gallery of New South Wales ended.
On this day in 2000: The Queensland Government announced their Budget addressed violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on a broad front, with initiatives ranging from an attack on sly grog to a bolstering of Elders justice groups aimed at helping break the vicious cycle

JULY 20
On this day in 1805: 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 Aborigines “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 merit”.
On this day in 1900: Jimmy Governor went up to his employer, JT Mawbey’s house with fellow Aboriginal worker Jacky Underwood on this night to confront Mrs Mawbey and her boarder, Helen Kerz, about their remarks regarding his marriage to a white woman, Ethel Page aged 16. When confronted the two women allegedly made further comments about his race. Governor and Underwood then attacked them with nulla-nullas and a tomahawk. They killed the women and three of the Mawbey children. Underwood was caught soon after, but Governor and his brother escaped.
On this day in 1972: The Aboriginal Tent Embassy was removed from the lawns of Old Parliament House in Canberra.
On this day in 1994: Australians for Reconciliation and their dialogue with the Local Government Association Queensland resulted in a meeting being held  including representatives of Napranum, Weipa and Comalco.

JULY 21
On this day in 1879: The Queensland Governor declared Murray Island’s annexation to the control of Queensland, in the Torres Strait.
On this day in 1970: A Federal Government scheme enabled Aboriginal people to have exclusive rights to lease land over one-fifth of the Northern Territory. The ordinances, which covered 93,000 square miles, were expected to receive some criticism from Aboriginal groups as inadequate, but was seen as an  important step in the land rights campaign. Two Aboriginal people were placed   on a six-member board to handle applications.
On this day in 1998: Australian sprinter, Nova Peris-Kneebone, set a personal best in the 200 metres at the Good Will Games in New York, finishing fifth behind sprinter Marion Jones. Jones won easily in 21.80 seconds, but Peris-Kneebone – a member of the Australian gold medal winning hockey team at the Atlanta Olympics – was thrilled with her effort in an elite field.

JULY 22
On this day in 1968:
The discovery of Aboriginal bones at Lake Mungo in New South Wales, indicated that Aborigines lived there at least 25,000 years ago. Later tests increased the occupation period to 56,000 to 68,000 years.
On this day in 1998: Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue, CBE, AM, delivered the annual Derrick-Mackerras lecture, entitled ‘Indigenous Health – Monitoring the Vital Signs’.
On this day in 2002: The opening of the controversial Reconciliation Place on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.
On this day in 2002: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission granted $50,000 towards the 2002 Garma Festival of Traditional Culture to be held in NE Arnhem Land 13 – 17 August. ATSIC’s Miwatj Regional Council Chairman, Mr Tony Binalany, said Garma, hosted by the Yothu Yindi Foundation, was one of was one of Australia’s premiere Indigenous cultural events.

JULY 23
On this day in 1960: The birth of Gary Ella, Australian Rugby player. Gary played in six Rugby Union Tests for Australia, and was the youngest of the famous Ella brothers to have played Rugby for Australia. His sister Marcia also played Netball for Australia.
On this day in 1966: Tough Aboriginal rugby league forward Arthur Beetson, from Roma in Queensland, played an outstanding role in his Test debut at Sydney Cricket Ground to help Australia beat Britain. It was widely regarded as one of the most sensational test debuts in the history of rugby league.
On this day in 1972: At a meeting between Department of Interior officials and Aboriginal Tent Embassy representatives, the Department refused permission to re-erect embassy tents on the lawns of Old Parliament House. Following the meeting 200 demo strators tried to re-establish the embassy, however 18 people were arrested. Gary Foley later described the day as ‘one of the most violent confrontations in the history of Canberra’.
On this day in 2002: ATSIC Commissioner for Tasmania, Rodney Dillon said Kathryn Hay’s election as the first Aboriginal member of Tasmania’s House of Assembly was encouraging for Aboriginal people and another positive step towards Reconciliation.

JULY 24
On this day in 2007 Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarra’s
painting Warlugulong breaks all sales records for Aboriginal paintings when it is sold at an auction for $2.4 million.
On this day in 1997: The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance announced that the annual Walkley Awards were to be expanded to include a new award for coverage of Indigenous affairs.
On this day in 1997: The ‘Our Culture – Our Future’ discussion paper and website, containing proposals for recognition and protection of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property, was launched at the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin.
On this day in 1998: The first chairperson of the newly gazetted Aboriginal Housing Office set up by the NSW government, took up his position.
On this day 2001: A delegation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives in Geneva met privately with Mr Rodolfo Staven Hagen of Mexico, who had been recently appointed to the position of United Nations Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights.
On this day 2003: Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe visited the isolated north Queensland community of Palm Island to perform with his band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts.

JULY 25
Born on this day in  1988 Brad Dick AFL football play recruited by Collingwood
On this day in 1978: The Pitjantjatjara people were granted land rights to 160,000 square kilometres of their traditional lands in the northwest of South Australia.
On this day in 1997: A survey released on this day found less than half a percent of Australia’s 50,000 doctors worked full-time in Aboriginal health services.
On this day in 2007 The Federal Government Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Mal Brouph announces his intention to abolish the Community Development Employment Program, a “work for the dole scheme” which enabled Aboriginal people in many remote areas to obtain work working in not-for-profit Aboriginal-run organisations providing subsidised services to remote Aboriginal communities, not provided by conventional government or industry. As this is the major source of employment for these areas, unemployment in remote Aboriginal communities is likely to rise from 30% to over 50%, and the quality of life experienced by people living in such centres is expected to fall.

JULY 26
On this day in 1971:
The first Aboriginal Community Legal Centre opened in Redfern, NSW.
On this day in 2003: Queensland Premier Peter Beattie opened Australia’s first major exhibition to focus exclusively on the Indigenous art of Cape York.
On this day in2003: The Indigenous community of North Queensland attended a Memorial Service on this day in Cairns for Human Rights campaigner Joe McGinness, who passed away on Friday 11 July.

JULY 27
On this day in 2009
After months of pressure Tangentyere Council reluctantly agrees to hand over Aboriginal community land to the Australian government for 40 years, in return for A$100m to upgrade housing and services in town camps in Alice Springs.On this day in 1943: The issue of rations to various family groups in Army controlled Aboriginal settlements , to be replaced by an Army style mess system where food was prepared centrally and eaten in a communal mess

JULY 28
Born on this day in 1970
AFL footballer Andy Lovell played for the West Coast and Melbourne
Born on this day in 1933 AFL footballer Jim Wandin played for St Kilda
On this day in 1902: Birth of outstanding Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira an Arrernte man at Hermannsburg Mission in the Northern Territory.
On this day in 1918: Private William Rawlings, one of only 300 to 400 Aboriginal men to serve in World War One, won the Military Medal for his bravery in an attack against a German communications trench system at Morlan court, France. On this day in 1997: A representative delegation of Aboriginal people arrived at Geneva to report on the human rights issues concerning Aboriginal people in Australia.
On this day in 2000: Ministers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and Attorneys-General from throughout Australia and New Zealand held an historic joint meeting in Brisbane to address justice issues for Indigenous peoples.
On this day in 2001: The Queensland Government announced it would set aside $2.25 million to help Indigenous communities heal themselves and combat family violence. The Government announced it would fund Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to run centres that “help heal the hurt that leads to, and is caused by, family violence”.

JULY 29
On thid day in 2010
The West Australian government approves $3.2 million, one of the largest ex-gratia (voluntary) payments ever made in Australia to the family of an Aboriginal Elder who died of heatstroke in the back of a prison van two years ag0
On this day in 1982:
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Mr Everingham, initiated a $200,000 campaign to convince Australians that future land claims in the Territory should be heavily restricted, according to a report in the Canberra Times newspaper. The package put forward would end future claims on public-use land such as stock routes and parks as well as on any new Aboriginal pastoral leases. It would also include provisions for excisions of land on white-held pastoral lease of immediate living areas for an estimated several thousand Aboriginal people. The Northern Land Council commented that the package: “takes away from Aborigines important rights they have’’
On this day in 2003: Prime Minister John Howard said a new working group would focus on domestic violence in Aboriginal communities and report back to the federal government.

JULY 30
On this day in 1926:
Rev Ernest Gribble informed the Chief Protector of Aborigines in Perth (A O Neville) that he had begun receiving reports of police shootings from wounded people coming to the Forrest River Anglican mission (40km northwest of Wyndham) for treatment.
On this day in 1940: The Military Board decided that ‘part-Aborigines’ could be treated on their merits to determine their suitability for enlistment, but that the enlistment of ‘full-bloods’ remained ‘inadvisable’. This followed an attack on Army policy by the Australian Aborigines’ League, arguing that many ‘full-blood’ Aboriginal and Islanders people were already serving and that to bar further Aboriginal or Islander enlistments was unjust.
On this day in 1972: A peaceful demonstration in which 2000 people marched to Parliament House triumphantly re-established the Tent Embassy in front of Parliament House. In contrast to earlier violent confrontations, there was a stand-off and the police allowed peaceful protest before again pulling it down.
On this day in1996: Cathy Freeman became the first Indigenous Australian to win an Olympic Games silver medal.
 On this day in 2003: The Australian tour of the Honouring Words event began on this day, bringing together award-winning Indigenous authors from Australia, Canada and Aotearoa (New Zealand).

JULY31
On this day in 2008 T
he High Court hands down its Blue Mud Bay decission which says that the Northern Territory government could not grant commercial fishing operators licenses for areas within the boundaries of the Aboriginal Land Rights (NT) Act. This affects 80% of the NT’s coast and tidal rivers where revenues of licenses flow now to Aboriginal people instead of the white government
Born on this day in 1951
Evonne Fay Goolagong Cawley, in Griffith  New South Wales, is a former World No. 1 Australian female tennis player. She was one of the world’s leading players in the 1970s and early 1980s, when she won 14 Grand Slam titles: seven in singles (four Australian Open, two Wimbledon and one French Open), six in women’s doubles, and one in mixed doubles. Goolagong is the third of eight childrenher parents, Kenny Goolagong and Melinda, are members of the Wiradjuri people. She grew up in the small country town of  Barellan NSW
On this day in 1940: RAAF officers visited Milingimbi to inspect the new airfield, constructed by the mission’s Aboriginal residents Improvements were needed and the mission was again contracted to do this additional work. The Aboriginal workers widened the two airstrips and felled more trees, earning more money for the mission.
Born on this day in 1956: Ernie Dingo. He is well known as an actor, comedian and TV presenter.
On this day in 1988: Wakka Wakka dancers performed at the West End Fiesta, Musgrave Park, Brisbane on this day. Also performing were Narjik Fogarty and Leroy Hart.

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