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On this day in Darwin in 1955: The first screening of the film ‘Jedda’, which co-starred Aboriginal actors Robert Tudawali and Ngarla Kunoth.
Born on this day in 1986 AFL footballer Relton Roberts he was recruited by Richmond.
On this day 1813: Bennelong died at Kissing Point, south of Sydney. He was, it appears,an outcast from both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in the latter years of his life.
On this day 1910: It was reported that the Aboriginal population of Victoria had dropped to 253 from an approximate population of 15,000.
On this day 1916: William Irwin Allen, the only Aboriginal serviceman to receive the distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) enlisted at Narrabri in NSW to embark on the ‘marathon’ expedition for England in World War II. He was posthumously awarded the Medal for conspicuous conduct above and beyond the call of duty. In the face of extreme heavy fire, Private Irwin single- handedly disarmed three machine-gun posts and captured the gun crews. It was while attempting to capture a fourth machine-gun post that he received his mortal wounds. He is truly one of the great unsung Australian heroes
On this day in 1969: Lionel Rose was named Boxer of the Year by the USA World Boxing Association.
On this day in 1989: The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody findings were handed down by the Chief Royal Commissioner, QC James Muirhead.
On this day in 1998: Olympic hurdler Kyle Vander Kuyp was named Bachelor of the Year by Cleo Magazine. Born in Melbourne in 1972, Kyle first represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Auckland in 1990.
On this day in 1999: The Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health was opened by the Commonwealth Minister for Health and Aged Care, Hon Michael Woodridge and the Queensland Minister for Health, Hon Wendy Edmonds.
On this day in 1999: A national immunisations program to encourage all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over fifty years to be vaccinated against influenza and pneumococcal disease was launched by Federal Health and Aged Care Minister, Dr Michael Wooldridge, at Injilinji, Mount Isa.
Born on this day in 1965 AFL footballer Michael Mclean (magic) he Played for the Western Bulldogs and Brisbane Lions.
On this day in 1869: William Lanney, also known as King Billy, touted as the last Tasmanian Aboriginal male, died of choleric diarrhoea aged 34 years. His grave was later plundered and his skeleton removed.
On the in day in 1949: Minister for the Interior Johnson, announced that Aboriginal people living in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania who had served in the Australian defence forces or had been previously granted voting rights under State Laws were eligible to vote at Federal Elections.
Born on the in day in 1962: David Hudson – an accomplished and acclaimed didgeridoo player, screen actor, dancer, guitarist and drummer.
On the in day in 1999: The first profile of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth was launched. Entitled ‘Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth – A Statistical Profile’. The profile revealed the social and economic circumstances of the state’s Indigenous youth, aged from 12 to 25 years.
On this day in 1836: Supreme Court judges ruled British law applied in the case of Aboriginal person Jack Congo Murrel, who had been charged with the tribal law killing of another Aboriginal person.
On this day in 1997: Twelve months of negotiations between the Arakwal people, the NSW State Government and the Byron Bay Shire resulted in an agreement over a new recreation area in Byron Bay. The Arakwal people secured a say in the management of the new park.
On this day in 2001: The Central Land Council announced the appointment of a new Chairman, Deputy Chairman and nine new executive members following an election at a Council meeting at Tennant Creek.
On this day in 2002: The announcement in Victoria of the preservation of ‘Bucks Sandhill’, a piece of Crown land of cultural significance for the local Yorta Yorta Aboriginal community near Echuca. This was the first time in Victoria that a declaration for the preservation of land containing important Aboriginal heritage values had been made under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984. The site has been traditionally used for burial and ceremonial purposes by the Yorta Yorta community. This declaration meant that approximately 15.5 hectares of the Barmah State Forest was set aside to ensure its permanent preservation and protection.
On this day in 1990. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was founded. (ATSIC) was formed as Australia’s principal democratically elected Indigenous organisation. A Commonwealth statutory authority, it was set up under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989 to include Indigenous people in the processes of government affecting their lives.
The commission was closed down by the Howard government on the 30th June 2005.
Born on this day in 1945 Francis Roberts boxer a former resident of Cubawee Aborigines Reserve, he is the first Aboriginal boxer to win selection in an Australian Olympic Games team for the Tokyo games.
On this day in 1790: Aboriginal captive Bennelong escaped from the famine-stricken Botany Bay colony. His escape sparked fears that he would encourage his people to attack the colony, which was greatly weakened by lack of supplies and poor rations.
On this day in 1804: Risdon Cove became the first massacre site of Aboriginal people in Tasmania, as settlers fired upon a group of around 300 Aboriginal people approaching the settlement. Approximately 50 Aboriginal people were killed.
On this day in 1839: Protector of the Aborigines George Augustus Robinson noted in his journal the extent of the extermination of Aboriginal people in New South Wales. Robinson observed that the first settlers in each region drove the Aboriginal tribes away, and often to places where hostile tribes destroyed them.
On this day in 1961: The Federal Government blocked full voting rights for Aboriginal people. The Commonwealth Electoral Act barred Aboriginal people from voting in federal elections unless they were enrolled in their own states, or they had served in the defence forces.
On this day in 1974: The Woodward Royal Commission recommended land rights for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory.
On this day in 2002: The High Court rejected the appeals by Lorna Cubillo and Peter Gunner in their quest for compensation as members of the Stolen Generations.
On this day in 2003: It was announced that Australian Test opener Justin Langer would lead the Prime Minister’s XI in an historic day-night match against the ATSIC Chairman’s XI in Adelaide on Friday 21 March 2003
On this day in 1972: Australia’s first Aboriginal knight, Pastor Sir Doug Nicholls,said he hoped his title would make officialdom listen more closely to his concerns for Australia’s Aboriginal people.
Born on this day in 1985 AFL footballer Cruize Garlett North Melbourne
On this day in 1992: The High Court of Australia upheld the claim of Eddie “Koiki” Mabo that Murray Islanders held ‘native title’ to their islands. Tragically, Eddie Mabo died five months before the High Court delivered its judgement in the case he had initiated some ten years earlier.
On this day in 1999: Launch of Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation’s Draft Document for Reconciliation.
On this day in 1992: The launch of a report into Black Deaths in Custody. Entitled “Accomplish Within Existing Resources”, the report was written jointly by a prison officer and Aboriginal members of the community and public sector union.
On this day in 1999: Young Indigenous Australians were able to showcase their basketball skills in an exciting new competition – Australia’s biggest Indigenous 3-on-3 basketball challenge. The challenge took place at 12 major locations around the nation, beginning in Alice Springs. The 3-on-3 Challenge aimed to reduce the risk of Indigenous youth becoming bored and indulging in risky activities.
On this day in 2002: The Minister for Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Philip Ruddock, officially opened the new Neville Bonner Hostel . The reconstructed hostel, located in Bridge Street, Rockhampton, was to be operated by Aboriginal Hostels Limited and provide a temporary accommodation service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
On this day in 2003: ATSIC Chairman Geoff Clark said the South Australian Indigenous community has lost one of its leaders and great fighters for reform with the death of Wayne Miller in Ceduna.
On this day in 1791: Captain William Bligh was given another chance to accurately map theTorres Strait for a shipping passage. Bligh was given two ships, ‘The Providence’ and ‘The Assistant’, and departed from England.
On this day in 1932: An Aboriginal man was arrested in Melbourne while playing a gum leaf for Bourke Street shoppers, charged with begging.
On this day in 1993: The first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Native Title summitwas held at Manyallaluk at Eva Valley in the Northern Territory.
Born on this day in 1982 Matt Bowen in Cairns NRL international and state of origin representative played his career with the North Queensland Cowboys
On this day in 1980: Leaders of six Aboriginal Land Councils met in Perth and banned all mining on Aboriginal lands until the Western Australian Government guaranteed protection for sacred sites in the oil exploration area on Noonkanbah Station, Fitzroy River.
On this day in 1997: An historic agreement was signed between Canadian mining giant Alcan and Cape York Land Council in western Cape York. With the support of Aboriginal people, a major new bauxite mining and shipping facility was to be developed at Ely, north of Weipa.
On this day in 1998: In Cairns, members of the Cape York Youth Council (CYYC) representing the Cape’s sixteen Aboriginal communities, met with the Minister for Families, Youth and Community Affairs to discuss their efforts in dealing with family violence.
On this day in 2001: The Aboriginal community mourned the death of yet another of Australia’s outstanding Aboriginal rights leaders – Dr Arnold (Puggy) Hunter. Dr Hunter’s most significant achievements were with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the peak national advisory body on Aboriginal health.
Born on this day in 1935 AFL legend Graham Polly farmer, Graham Farmer was recruited from East Perth and became one of the greatest players to have worn the navy blue and white hoops of Geelong.
On this day in 1997 Alcan South Pacific Pty Ltd enters into a detailed Heads of Agreement with the Aboriginal community in Weipa, Cape York, for a proposed bauxite mining and shipping operation from Alspac’s existing mining lease at Ely, north of Weipa.
On this day in 1847: Forty-seven Tasmanian Aboriginal people were relocated to Oyster
Bay in Van Diemen’s Land from Flinders Island, on the grounds that the distance from the island had contributed to the oppression of the Aboriginal people.
On this day in 1998: Prime Minister John Howard, after his re-election, singled out reconciliation as a major priority for the Government in its second term. He said: “…I also want to commit myself very genuinely to the cause of reconciliation with the Aboriginal people of Australia by the Centenary of Federation”.
On this day in 1998: The conclusion to one week of action in Kakadu against the proposed Jabiluka uranium mine. The Mirrar traditional owners called for people to stand with them in their fight against the proposed Jabiluka uranium mine.
On this day in 2003: The federal government ruled out protecting Lake Cowal in central western NSW from mining because it didn’t think the area was particularly significant to Aboriginal people. Environment Minister David Kemp said he didn’t consider the area of particular significance to Aboriginal people.
On this day in 2003: Government backbencher Chris Pyne described the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission as a failed experiment on this day. The South Australian MP said the government should take away ATSIC’s responsibility for service delivery and allow it to continue as a lobby group.
Born on this day in 1977 AFL footballer Shawn Lewfatt he was recruited by Essendon AFL footballer Antoni Grover was born on this day in 1980 he was recruited by Essendon.
Born on this day in 1987 NRL Footballer Michael Lett plays for St George Illawarra dragons
On this day in 1996: Six members of the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community in New South Wales were appointed as members of the first Jervis Bay National Park Board of Management.
On this day in 1998: The Northern Territory Aboriginal Development Minister opened the Aboriginal Economic Development Advisory Committee two-day meeting in Alice Springs. The committee is made up of traditional owners and community leaders from across the Territory.
On this day in 1999: a report on Aboriginal community arts centres, The Arts and Crafts Center Story, was released in Cairns at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts Conference..
On this day in 2000: Peak Victorian Indigenous bodies signed an historic protocol on native title with the Victorian Government. The protocol was the first of its type in Australia and committed the parties to negotiating a state-wide framework agreement to deal with native title and related issues in Victoria.
On this day in 2003: The ninth London Australian Film Festival featured a significant Aboriginal cinematic presence. This included features such as the acclaimed Rabbit Proof Fence, Black and White and The Tracker and the lesser known Australian Rules and One Night The Moon. AFL Footballer Stephen Motlop was born on this day in 1991 he was recruited by the Geelong.
On this day in 1999: The Federal Court of Australia confirmed that native title could exist in the seas as a result of an appeal by the Federal Government over the Croker Island decision. However, the court also dismissed the right of native titleholders to have ‘exclusive rights’ over the seas. In the Croker Island determination made earlier in 1999, Justice Olney had found that native title existed in both the sea and the seabed adjoining the island, but had only given limited rights to the claimants.
On this day in 1999: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission joined forces with the Federal Government to set up a working party that looks at ways of dealing with the issue of helping Indigenous people with disabilities.
On this day in 2000: The community Walk for Reconciliation in Melbourne, following on from the successful national bridge walk in Sydney and other state walks over preceding weeks.
On this day in 2001: Indigenous youth took centre stage at an historic meeting in Adelaide to discuss culturally appropriate solutions to family violence. A 10-member delegation of young Indigenous representatives participated in a two-day roundtable on family violence involving men, women and youth.
Born on this day in 1983 George Rose Manly Sea Eagles previously played for the Sydney Roosters, known as “Gorgeous George ”
Born on this day in 1975 NRL Mathew “Matt” Sing international South Sydney Rabbitohs, Cronulla, scored record 5 tries against the Eels in 2011
On this day in 1819: Tasmania’s third governor William Sorrell issued a proclamation stating that settlers “wantonly fire at and kill the (Aboriginal) men and … pursue the women for the purpose of compelling them to abandon their children”.
On this day in 1959: The High Court refused Albert Namatjira leave to appeal his 1958 jail sentence for supplying alcohol to another Aboriginal, and ruled he must serve out his three-month jail term at Areyonga Reserve.
On this day in 1978: Evonne Goolagong-Cawley won $20,000 prize money after defeating Tracy Austin in the Maureen Connolly Brinkler Tennis Tournament at Dallas, Texas.
On this day in 1999: Chairperson of the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Mr John Abedngo congratulated the people of Saibai Island and their Island Chairperson, Mr Terry Waia, for gaining formal recognition of their native title rights from the Federal Court of Australia.
Born on this day in 1958 AFL football player Patrick Ryder he was recruited by Essendon
On this day in 1911: The Minister for External Affairs announced a plan to call for applications for the position of Chief Protector of Aborigines in the Northern Territory.
On this day in 1942: The Japanese struck at the RAAF base an Horn Island on this day, with eight bombers and twelve Zero fighters. The Islander soldiers watched from nearby Thursday Island as plumes of smoke and dust rose over the airfield and dog-fights developed overhead.
On this day in 1999: Dr Michael Wooldridge, Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care, and the Hon Dean Brown, SA Minister for Human Services, announced the launch of an historic plan to improve rural health. The plan committed governments to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in rural, regional and remote Australia.
On this day in 2001: The Western Cape Communities Coexistence agreement was signed in Weipa. Five years in the making, the ‘co-existence’ agreement contained provisions for legal as well as practical recognition of native title rights and continuing Aboriginal ownership of land.
Born on this day in 1982 Motocross star Chad Reed He is a multi-time supercross and motocross champion. He was taught from a young age and he has proven to be the most consistent supercross/motocross racer and is Australia’s most successful rider.
On this day in 2001: The successful film ‘Yolngu Boy’ was released. Yolngu Boy followed the friendship of three teenage boys who find themselves on a journey from North East Arnhem Land to Darwin, a trek initiated to save one of the boys from trouble with the law. Yolngu Boy was a sincere glimpse into the Yolngu culture of North East Arnhem Land and the people living there.
On this day in 2002: The announcement of an agreement by Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers for Indigenous Affairs, together with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), to a new performance monitoring framework for driving the nation’s progress in overcoming Indigenous disadvantage.
On this day in 2002: The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Philip Ruddock, welcomed the national endorsement of the Ministerial Council for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. for a national audit of Indigenous family programs and services
On this day in 2011 Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation releases the video FMG’s Great Native Title Swindle showing Fortescue Metals Group head Andrew Forrest addressing a remote Pilbara community meeting. The video shows how powerless and unsupported Aboriginal people are when negotiating with a multibillion-dollar corporation. The video causes big waves in the media.
On this day in 2011 The Lowitja Institute opens in Melbourne, the first national body solely committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. Its naming patron is Aboriginal woman Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue from the Luritja clan of Central Australia
Born on this day in 1982 AFL footballer Daniel Motlop recruited by Port Adelaide
Born On this day in 1985 Neville Costigan NRL international and Brisbane Broncos player also played with Canberra Raiders, St george in 2010 grand final win
On this day in 1949: Voting rights were given to Aboriginal people who served in the Australian Defence Forces.
On this day in 1995: The High Court unanimously upheld the validity of the Native Title Act and struck down the Western Australian legislation.
On this day in 1999: The Australian Democrats warned the Federal Government would dangerously undermine’ the reconciliation process with its proposed changes to national environment laws. While on a tour of Kakadu National Park, Senator Lyn Allison said the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Bill would spell disaster to Indigenous people’s input into the management of their traditional lands.
Born onthis day in 1969 Chris Lewis AFL played over 200 games with the West Coast Eagles
On this day in 1999: The Democrats called on the Federal Government to invite the United Nation’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) to visit Australia to test the government’s claims that its policies did not discriminate against Indigenous people.
On this day in 1999: Puggy Hunter, Chairperson of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) called for a new way of thinking in Aboriginal health, during a keynote address at the National Rural Health Alliance Conference in Adelaide.
On this day in 2000: ATSIC joined civil liberties groups and Queensland’s Anti Discrimination Commissioner in warning of a massive increase in arbitrary and un appealable police powers, including controversial new “move on” provisions. ATSIC Commissioner for Brisbane Patricia Thompson, called for Premier Peter Beattie to suspend the passage of the bill through State Parliament to allow for adequate parliamentary and public scrutiny
On this day in 1997: The Tasmanian Aboriginal Lands Council was established
On this day in 1999: The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination found that Australia’s amended Native Title Act 1993 “appears to create legal certainty for governments and third parties at the expense of indigenous title”. This was regarded as a violation of articles 2 and 5 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The Australian Government rejected the decision as “insulting” and “imbalanced”.
On this day in 1999: A bill to establish a Queensland Land and Resources Tribunal was passed by Parliament. Premier Peter Beattie said: “This completes the foundations of Queensland’s fair and balanced solution to the Native Title Impasse which caused so much delay and division in our community.”
On this day in 2003: A bust of Neville Bonner was unveiled in Brisbane honouring Australia’s first and only Aboriginal federal MP.
On this day in 1999: Torres Strait leaders presented Queensland Premier Peter Beattie with a proposal for a staged transfer to self-government.
On this day in 2010 Australia’s richest man, Andrew Forrest, launches GenerationOne in the presence of the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and celebrities such as Cate Banchett and Russell Crowe. The campaign aims at convincing Australians to help end Indigenous disadvantage.
Born on this day in 1939 AFL footballer Charlie Stewart he played for the Western Bulldogs
On this day in 1973: The College of Aboriginal Education was established at the College of Arts and Education in Adelaide.
On this day in 1980: A protest against oil exploration by Amax Iron Ore Corporation on land
containing sacred sites took place at Noonkanbah Station in the Kimberleys, Western Australia. About 50 people were arrested.
On this day in 1999: An educational video was released in Queensland to help Indigenous
victims of crime understand the Queensland justice system. The video, ’Lucy’s Story’, was filmed in Cairns and Yarrabah.
On this day in 2002: $3.2 million in infrastructure projects were opened in the Gulf and Cape York regions – new women’s shelters at Doomadgee and Napranum and a new retail store and supermarket at Pormpuraaw
On this day in 2003: The Australian Film Commission (AFC) launched Skin, Kin and Country: Stories from Black Australia, five new documentaries directed by Indigenous filmmakers.
On this day in 2010 Charles ‘Chicka’ Dixon died aged 81. An activist, Charles was active in the FCAATSI and its campaign for the 1967 Referendum, an active participant of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in the 1970s, and played a major part in establishing Australia’s first Aboriginal legal and medical services. He received a state funeral on March 31st.
Born on this day 1n 1981 NRL Footballer Carl Web he plays for the Eels also played state of origin for Queensland
1944: War Cabinet approved higher rates of pay for Torres Strait Islander servicemen on this day and back-paid them to 1 July 1943.
On this day in 1969: The Aboriginal Welfare Board was abolished.
On this day in 1997: The Australian Rugby League’s National Premiership Council, including the Chief Executives of all twelve Optus Cup Clubs, met in Newcastle to discuss a range of issues. the Council gave its endorsement to a policy aimed at targeting Racial and Religions Vilification meaning clubs would have to report back on a draft policy document distributed at the meeting.
On this day in 1997: The National Native Title Tribunal handed down initial directions setting
out the future course of its arbitration in relation to the Century Zinc project Mr Paul Seaman QC directed that by close of business on Tuesday 25th March the claimants would need to complete and submit applications to ATSIC for legal aid in the arbitration.
On this day in 2003: The federal government ordered an investigation into five indigenous organisations headed by ATSIC deputy chairman Ray Robertson.
On this day in 2003: The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission said the number
of Aboriginal women in jail had reached record highs.
Born on this day in 1991 NRL footballer Albert Kelly recruited by the sharks
On This day in 1997: A major $15.4 million infrastructure package promising vastly improved water and sewerage services to 18 Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities was announced
On this day in 2002: A senior ATSIC official said reports of a brawl in the Shields St restaurant precinct should cause the Cairns community to reassess the need for early opening liquor licenses. ATSIC Cairns & District Regional Council Chair Terry O’Shane said there was no excuse for public brawling and expressed sympathy with Cairns businesses affected by public drunkenness. He called on the businesses and the Cairns Chamber of Commerce to join ATSIC and the Cairns City Council in a joint approach to the Liquor Licensing Division.
On this day in 2003: The Australian newspaper said bitter rivalries in ATSIC’s leadership had been publicly exposed after deputy chairman Ray Robinson reportedly launched a scathing attack on Indigenous Affairs Minister Philip Ruddock.
On this day in 1997 Hamersley Iron and the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation finalise a unique regional land use agreement making the way of the $500 million Yandicoogina iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The agreement was the result of 20 months of consultation and negotiation.
On this day in 1983: The Age newspaper reported uncertainty over the fate of the Yipirinya school in Alice Springs – with the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory asked to step in. The CLP NT Minister for Education had twice refused to register the school, meaning it had no legal existence and was not eligible for financial support other non-state schools receive from the Australian Government.
On this day in 2000: ATSIC said Australian governments had “nowhere left to hide following” criticisms by a prominent UN committee. The Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) expressed its astonishment over statistics that show that 70 per cent of the prison population of the Northern Territory is made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Committee also criticised the mandatory sentencing regimes as unfair and unacceptable for the impact they have on Indigenous people, especially young offenders.
On this day in 2001: Western Australian Housing Minister Tom Stephens called on the Aboriginal community to continue to work with the State Government to tackle key housing issues ranging from homelessness to housing standards.
On this day in 2002: The South Australian Aboriginal community celebrated the 90th birthday celebrations of Kaurna Elder Doris Graham at Adelaide Town Hall. She was recognised as fighter for her people and an inspiration to generations of young Aboriginal people who have gone on to be leaders within the community.
On this day in 2003: Labor MP Linda Burney became the first Aboriginal person to be elected to the New South Wales parliament on this day.
On this day in 1998: Environment groups and Aboriginal traditional owners launched a major campaign with the start of a permanent protest presence at Jabiluka. The protestors aimed to stop the construction of a uranium mine at Jabiluka in the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park region.
On this day in 1999: The final day of Australian Museum’s Warrali Burrul “Stand Up Big” exhibition. The exhibition celebrated the contribution of Indigenous Australians to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
On this day in 2002: The Western Australian Government granted living areas for traditional owners in the Purnululu National Park in the Kimberley. Premier Geoff Gallop, Environment Minister Judy Edwards and the Minister for the Kimberley, Tom Stephens presented living area leases – covering 1,000ha – to the Kawarre Aboriginal Corporation and the Kayiyirriwareny Aboriginal Corporation. The two extended family groups had formally requested the approval of the living area leases as far back as July, 1987 – 15 years previously.
Born on this day in 1991 AFL footballer Liam Jones he was recruited by the Western bulldogs
On this day in 1832: Death of Umarrah, an Aboriginal resistance fighter, at Flinders Island in Tasmania.
On this day in 1999: Indigenous leaders expressed their disapproval of the Draft Constitutional Preamble released by the Federal Government on the grounds that it failed to address Indigenous Australians’ custodianship of the land.
On this day in 2003: Anti-war protesters from the tent embassy attempted to enter Parliament House in Canberra.
Born on this day in 1980 AFL Footballer Allan Murray he played for Port Adelaide and St Kilda
On this day in 1829: George Augustus Robinson was appointed as guardian of Tasmanian Aboriginal people on Bruny Island. He arrived at a time when relations between the white settlers and Aborigines were very bad, due to harsh punitive measures against traditional owners, and acts of wanton violence by settlers.
On this day in 1997: John Moriarty was appointed to the Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council.
On this day in 1998: The Greens began distributing a national information alert warning that, despite widespread community opposition, the Senate was in danger of passing the Wik legislation.
On this day in 2003: ATSIC Chairman Geoff Clark avoided an argument about whether he’d receive $45,000 towards his legal bills by announcing he wouldn’t ask for the money
On this day in 1958: Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) in Central Australia were dedicated as a National Park.
On this day in 1997: The Federal Government committed $12 million over two years towards a comprehensive program of initiatives to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.
On this day in 1998: An Application for Special Leave to Appeal was filed to determine if Aboriginal people still had the right to hunt for crocodiles as food. Mr Murrandoo Yanner of the Gulf of Carpentaria in Queensland had been charged under Queensland’s fauna laws with an offence where it was alleged that he killed a crocodile without a licence.
On this day in 2002: A new set of competencies developed by Indigenous people and aimed at developing and enhancing the skills of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people managing community organisations was launched in Melbourne. The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Philip Ruddock, and the Chairman of ATSIC, Geoff Clark, launched the ATSIC-developed competencies at the 2nd World Congress of Colleges and Polytechnics at the Melbourne Convention Centre.
On this day in 2003: The Queensland government asked Aboriginal councils to consider merging into existing shire councils in order to improve services and accountability.
On this day in 2003: Nyoongar elders said skeletal remains found at a housing development site in southern Western Australia may mark a traditional Aboriginal burial ground up to 300 years old.
On this day in 1827: The first land sales in South Australia were held in Adelaide.
On this day in 1997: Chairperson of the National Aboriginal and Islanders Legal Services Secretariat (NAILSS), Mr Ray Robinson, announced “The Century Zinc solution is in sight!”. Mr Robinson invited representatives of the media to attend the ceremony for signing of the Century Zinc agreement by non-signing claimants at the NAILSS National Headquarters in Brisbane on this day
On this day in 1922: The first Aboriginal Member of Parliament, Senator Neville Bonner was born. He passed away on the 5th of February 1999.
On this day in 1950: Sir Paul Hasluck, in the first thorough speech on Aboriginal people in Federal Parliament said: “When we enter into international discussions, and raise our voice, as we should raise it, in defence of human rights and the protection of human welfare, our very words are mocked by the thousands of degraded and depressed people who crouch on the rubbish heap throughout the whole of this continent”.
On this day in 2001: The announcement of $1.76 million of funding for the remote Aboriginal community of Imanpa to gain a reticulated sewerage system and dust minimisation works under ATSIC’s implementation of the National Aboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS).
On this day in 2001: The Aboriginal community of Maningrida received more than three million dollars for the construction of 14 new or replacement houses under ATSIC’s implementation of the National Aboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS).
On this day in 2001: The Attorney General tabled the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner’s Social Justice and Native Title Reports.
Born on this day in 1982 Softballer Stacey Porter she played for Australia won a silver medal at the 2004 summer Olympics in Athens
On this day in 1984: Charles Perkins was appointed permanent head of the Federal Aboriginal Affairs Department. He was the first Aboriginal person to head a Federal Government department
On this day in 2003: ATSIC chair Geoff Clark was fined $2,500 after being found guilty of
obstructing police and behaving in a riotous manner.
On this day in 2009 The Federal Court makes the largest native title determination in South Australia’s history when it regognises rights of the Adnyamathanha people to land in and around the Flinders Ranges.
NRL player Sam Bowie was born on this day in 1989 he plays for the Cowboys
On this day in 1797: Aboriginal people were attacked at Parramatta and five were killed, with spears proving ineffective against muskets.
On this day in 1871: The Melbourne Cricket Club refused to pay six pounds for Johnny Cuzens to be given a decent burial after dying a week before of dysentery. Cuzens was a champion Aboriginal cricketer and professional bowler who toured England.
On this day in 1962: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland, Northern
Territory and Western Australia were given the right to vote at Federal Elections after the Menzies Government passed new legislation in relation to the Commonwealth Electoral Act.
On this day in 1996: At a meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General in Darwin, Federal Attorney General Daryl Williams stated that Indigenous customary law should be given greater recognition in legislation.
On this day in 1998: The biggest Aboriginal painting ever done on canvas was brought to Canberra in the lead up to this week’s crucial Senate debate on the Wik Native Title legislation. The massive painting was completed over seven days by more than seventy people to demonstrate Aboriginal people’s connection to their traditional land in the north of the Great Sandy Desert. However, senior government ministers involved in the Wik debate angered Aboriginal groups by refusing invitations to attend a performance of traditional singing and dancing on the 80 square metre painting.
On this day in 1883: Victorian Bobby Kinnear became the first of three Aboriginal runners to win the famous Stawell Gift. He covered the 130 yards in 12.5 seconds.
Born on this day in 1979 NRL footballer Rhys Wesser played for South Sydney Rabbitohs
On this day in 1904: Commonwealth legislation prohibited the further entry of Pacific Island labour into Queensland, and excluded Islanders already in the state. All Pacific Islanders were to be sent home, except for those who had married in Queensland, who had been resident for at least 20 years, and those who possessed land or property.
On this day in 1947: Aboriginal people protested against the proposed rocket range to be established near Woomera in South Australia.
On this day in 1998: The South Australian Government handed back land once used as a nuclear test site to the traditional owners – the Maralinga Tjarutja people. An area of about 700 square kilometres of the Maralinga test site and parts of the Emu test site (where the first two British atomic tests were carried out in September and October of 1953) were handed back.
On this day in 1998: Key Independent Senator Brian Harradine joined in a traditional Aboriginal dance with Gladys Tybingoompa, an Elder of the Wik people, outside Parliament House.
On this day in 1998: The Senate again debated the Government’s Wik Native Title legislation on this day, ahead of the High Court’s decision on the long-running Hindmarsh Island Bridge legal battle