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On This Day In 1946 The first strike by Aboriginal people in Australia took place in the Pilbara, when Aboriginal pastoral workers walked off the stations in protest at low pay. Many workers were not paid at all but compensated in rations of tea, flour, sugar and tobacco. Government policies enforced by station owners and police meant that the workers were not free to leave their employment or move around the Pilbara….
Born on this day in 1990 Stephen Hill AFL footballer recruited by Freemantle football club
On This Day in 2008 South Australia creates the SA Aboriginal Advisory Council (SAAAC) which advises the government on programmes and policies on Aboriginal people. The council is meant to fill the void left by the abolished ATSIC.
On this day in 1906: The Labor Party platform was announced including the maintenance of the White Australia policy.
On this day in 1953: ‘Half-caste’ Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory were given new freedom rights under amended legislation passed by the Northern Territory Legislative Council.
On this day in 1972: The Aboriginal Tent Embassy drew up a petition to present to Parliament. It outlined a five-point plan for land rights.
On this day in 1996: In Cairns, pastoralists, Aboriginal people and environmentalists signed an historic Heads of Agreement on future land use on Cape York Peninsula. They said it was an act of regional reconciliation which should provide a model for other areas of Australia. It was the first such agreement developed in Australia.
On this day in 1998: The first comprehensive national report on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and breast cancer highlighted higher than expected incidence and mortality rates, challenging previous views that breast cancer was less common in these communities.
On this day in 1999: Death of Neville Bonner, the first Aboriginal person to sit in Federal Parliament
On this day in 1990 the Aboriginal and Torres strait Island Commission was established
On this day in 1772: Marion du Fresne, the second non-Indigenous ‘visitor’ to Tasmania, was greeted by a group of Aboriginal people hurling rocks. However the resistance by Tasmanian Aboriginal people was no match for the return rifle fire from the explorers.
On this day in 1867: The Maitland Mercury reported on the cricket match between a white Maitland representative team and a Koori cricket team from Victoria. The match was played in front of 3000 spectators.
On this day in 1990: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was established, amalgamating the former Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Aboriginal Development Corporation.
On this day in 1999: The Townsville ATSIC Regional Council voted to continue to support the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Media Association (TAIMA) as an important indigenous community radio station in Townsville and for surrounding communities.
On this day in 2002: Federal Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, Tony Abbott, announced employment and training projects for Indigenous job seekers worth more than $28 million.
On this day in 1999: The Federal Government joined the Queensland Government and the Torres Strait Regional Authority to sign an historic health agreement to improve the health of residents of the Torres Strait through increased resources and cooperation across all levels of government. This was the first Ministerial health agreement in Australia to cover a specific region.
Born on this day in 1968 Dale Kickett AFL footballer played 181 games with Fitzroy, West Coast Eagles, St Kilda. and Essendon.
Born on this day in 1989 AFL footballer Lewis Jetta recruited by Sydney Swans
Born on this day in 1991 Byron Sumner AFL footballer recruited by Sydney Swans
Born on this day in 1983 Cricketer who currently plays for Australia and South Australia.
On this day in 1929: Aboriginal axeman Leo Appo won the Commonwealth Championship at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney. He won by demolishing a 15-inch log standing upright in one minute and forty-six seconds.
On this day in 1997: The Queensland Government formally apologised to Palm Islander elders who were underpaid for a decade.
On this day in 2002: The Central Land Council (CLC) announced that Traditional Owners would receive title to two redundant road reserves west of Alice Springs, following a road swap, made possible through changes to the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act, 1976. Western Arrernte Traditional Owners agreed to swap land, where two new sealed roads run from the Mereenie Loop Road to Namatjira Drive with a side road to Gosses Bluff, after two years of consultations with the CLC and the Territory Department of Transport and Works.
On this day in 2003: South Australian Premier Mike Rann and state Education Minister Trish White travelled to the Oak Valley Aboriginal community, 950 kilometres north west of Adelaide on the Maralinga lands, to reopen one of Australia’s most isolated schools.
On this day in 4 May: Visiting Bathurst, Macquarie meets three Wiradjuri men and six boys, all clothed with Mantles made of the skins of o‟possums [possums] … neatly sewn together‟. The governor gives them meat, clothing and tomahawks. He notes that they speak a different language to the Sydney Aborigines.
On this day in 1815 Visiting Bathurst, Macquarie meets three Wiradjuri men and six boys, all clothed with Mantles made of the skins of o‟possums [possums] … neatly sewn together‟. The governor gives them meat, clothing and tomahawks. He notes that they speak a different language to the Sydney Aborigines.
On this day in 1816 Macquarie announces a set of regulations controlling the movement of Aboriginal people. No Aboriginal person is to appear armed within a mile of any settlement and no more than six Aboriginal people are allowed to ‘lurk or loiter near farms’.
On this day in 1816 Passports or certificates are issued to Aboriginal people “who conduct themselves in a suitable manner”, to show they are officially accepted by Europeans.
Born on this day in 1988 Nathan Krakouer AFL footballer recruited by the Port Adelaide football club
On this day in 1805: Aboriginal people who were alleged murderers of people in the Hawkesbury region were captured with the help of several Aboriginal families, who were offered government protection.
On this day in 1961: Two days after the government blocked full voting rights for Aborigines, the Bishop of Darwin publicly opposed the decision, calling for No taxation without representation’. Since Aborigines were required to pay direct and indirect taxes, said the Right Reverend J P O’Loughlin, they had a ‘fundamental right’ to the franchise.
On this day in 1997: NSW Attorney General, Jeff Shaw, announced the appointment of Robert Bellear as Judge in the District Court of NSW. Bellear, of Pacific Island and Aboriginal descent, was the first of his people to become a superior judicial officer.
On this day in 2002: The most detailed and extensive Victorian dictionary of Aboriginal placenames and companion CD was launched in Geelong. The Dictionary of Aboriginal Placenames of Victoria contained over 3,000 placenames from 35 Victorian Aboriginal languages.
On this day in 2003: The remains of 300 Aboriginal people taken from their graves more than a century ago were returned to their descendants on this day.
Born on this day AFL footballer Dwayne Simpson began his career with freemantle
On this day in 1831: Tarereenore or Walyer, also known as the Amazon of Van Diemens Land, died in custody on this day. She was an early resistor of white invasion in Tasmania.
On this day in 1883: The Aboriginal Protection Board was established in New South Wales.
On this day in 1959: Birth of Aboriginal rugby league player Mark Ella (right), the first Australian to be inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.
On this day in 2000: Death of Aboriginal singer Ronnie Thorpe and his seven-month-old daughter in a road accident north-east of Melbourne. Thorpe’s recording career included albums with a number of groups including Deadheart.
On this day in 2000: A study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed Indigenous Australians were almost twice as likely as non-Aboriginal Australians to be admitted to hospital. The ABS said the health disadvantages faced by the Indigenous population were to blame for the high admissions rate
On this day in 1974: Aboriginal people rejected a $3m compensation offer from the company wanting to mine uranium at Nabarlek in the Northern Territory.
On this day in 1980: Evonne Cawley (nee Goolagong) defeated American Chris Evert in the final of the ladies singles at Wimbledon. This was Evonne Cawley’s second title. The popular Australian drew the same enthusiastic cheers as she did in 1971 when, at the age of 19, she defeated fellow Australian Margaret Court for the Wimbledon championship.
On this day in 2003: It was announced on this day that Australia would soon have its first Aboriginal youth court
On this day in 1817 A militia of ex-soldiers fires on a large group of Gundungurra feasting on corn at Milehouse‟s farm at Appin, 70 kilometres south-west of Sydney, killing a boy. The Aborigines flee after they kill veteran trooper Isaac Eustace and cut off his hand.
Lionel Rose died on this day in 2011 aged 62. He was the first Aboriginal boxer to win a world title. Rose made history by becoming the first Aboriginal Australian to be a world champion boxer when he defeated Japanese Fighting Harada in a 15-round decision. This win made Rose an instant national hero in Australia and an icon among Aboriginal Australians. A public reception at Melbourne Town Hall was witnessed by a crowd of more than 100,000.On 2 July of that year, he returned to Tokyo to retain his title with a 15 round decision win over Takao Sakuri,
Born on this day in 1910 Boxer Ronold (Ron) Richards He won three Australian titles (middleweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight) and a British Empire (middleweight) title. Ron was a serious contender for world middle and light heavyweight titles with wins like the 55-second knockout against Ray Actis and the convincing twelve-round victory against Gus Lesnevitch, both in 1938, and his winning record of 34 of 50 contests against overseas stars. All offers to fight overseas fell through. Mismanagement and exploitation plagued his career. During the middle and late 1930s he averaged 13 fights a year. He fought 76 opponents in 142 fights.
On this day in 1997 The amended Ten Point Wik Plan is released by the Federal Government
On this day in 1997: Cathy Freeman won gold in the 400m final at Athens, becoming the first Indigenous Australian to win a world track and field event.
On this day in 2002: The Australian Bureau of Statistics released figures on home ownership, demonstrating that the dream of owning a home for many Indigenous Australians was unachievable. The figures showed just 32% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people owned or were buying their own home – a rise of just over 1% (point) on the census data collected in 1996.This compared with the 71% of non-Indigenous Australians who owned or were buying their home.
On this day in 2003: The Warlpiri Media Association extended its radio network to include a tenth community from the Tanami region, west of Alice Springs.
On this day in 1933: The Commonwealth Government agreed to a Royal Commission on the maltreatment of Aboriginal people in Arnhem Land.
On this day in 2001: The Aboriginal School Based Traineeships program was launched in Perth, offering those Aboriginal students intending to leave school after Year 10 (the non-compulsory period) the opportunity to take up vocational studies and employment while also completing Years 11 and 12.
On this day in 2002: Palm Island Indigenous community advanced their plans for a locallymanaged international open-ocean aquaculture sea sponge farming enterprise. The Queensland Government provided $5,000 funding to finalise a business plan for the project involving three stakeholder groups, the Coolgaree Community Development Employment Program (CDEP), Manbarra Traditional Owners and the Palm Island Aboriginal Council.
On this day in 2000 The Queensland Government announced more than $1.3 million funding over the next three years for two Indigenous healing services, to provide support to Indigenous families and individuals and work with communities to enhance their capacity to reduce violence. The funding was for the Far West Multi-Purpose Healing Service in the areas of Cunnamulla, St George and Charleville and for the Central Queensland Consortium Against Domestic Violence Healing Service in the areas of Mount Morgan, Woorabinda and Rockhampton.
Born on this day in 1988 Josh Hoffman NRL footballer who currently plays for the Brisbane Broncos he made his NRL debut in the round 13 match against the St. George Illawarra Dragons on the 6 of June 2008
On this day in 1880: The Queensland and Torres Strait Islander Marine Pilot Service was established.
On this day in 1963: Legendary Aboriginal footballer, Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer (played in Geelong’s winning grand final against Hawthorn. Farmer was runner-up to Bob Skilton in the Brownlow Medal count for the year.
On this day in 2001: People in the Kamilaroi region attended the funeral of well known Aboriginal Leader Pat Dixon of Armidale. Known affectionately to most as „Aunty Pat‟, she was a leading Aboriginal spokesperson and politician, who worked tirelessly for numerous community organisations including the NSW Aboriginal Housing Board and the Armidale Aboriginal Medical Service.
On this day in 2003: Aboriginal leader Lowitja O’Donoghue was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Melbourne.
On this day in 1873: A goldrush lead to a battle between Palmer River Aboriginal people and goldminers after a troop of Native Police and about 130 miners headed inland and were attacked by the Guugu-Yimidhirr people. The number of casualties was unknown; however, the rush led to the near extinction of the Guugu-Yimidhirr people.
On this day in 1817 Macquarie promises to grant small parcels of land to such of them [Aborigines] as are inclined to become regular settlers‟.
On this day in 1891: The Pitjantjatjara community became land titleholder over 102 630 square kilometres of South Australia. This amounted to 10 per cent of South Australia and is twice the size of Tasmania.
On this day in 1998: Queensland’s State representative on ATSIC’s peak women’s advisory body called for ‘concerted’ action by the State government on tackling domestic violence on communities, but warned that reliance on the usual bureaucratic responses to symptoms would not work.
Born on this day in 1987 Luke Walsh NRL footballer for the Penrith Panthers . His position of choice is at halfback.
On this day in 1985: Findings from the Royal Commission into British atomic testing in Australia from 1952 to 1963 were tabled in the Australian Senate. The findings criticised Britain for the breach of safety standards and recommended that Britain compensate Australia for the clean up of radioactive contaminated land.
On this day in 1810 George Caley and his Aboriginal guide and plant collector Daniel Moowattin from Parramatta sail for England aboard the frigate HMS Hindostan. Another passenger is the deposed governor William Bligh.
On this day in 1997: Federal Minister for Education, Dr David Kemp, announced Federal Government funding of $20.1 million to benefit up to 15,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students across Australia. Provided under the Government’s Indigenous Education Strategic Initiatives Program (IESIP), the money would provide for new equipment, facilities and curriculum programs.
On this day in 1997: The Australian Democrats voted against the Native Title Amendment Bill 1997. However, the ALP and Brian Harradine voted with the government to pass the amended Bill.
On this day in 1999: The jail population numbered 7,181 according to statistics released on this day, with Indigenous inmates 1,117 or 15.5 per cent of the total goal population. Of this proportion, Indigenous women numbered 106, or 24.1 per cent of the female goal population, whilst Indigenous males numbered 1,011 or 15 per cent of the male goal population.
On this day in 2001: The first national Indigenous Women, Men and Youth Roundtable on Family Violence in Adelaide concluded family violence was an issue for all Australians which has to be tackled on a broad range of fronts.
On this day in 1812 Daniel Moowattin returns to Sydney from London. Within two weeks he sells a fowling piece given to him by botanist Robert Brown, buys a jug of peach cider and runs into the bush.
On this day in 1868: The Aboriginal cricket team’s ship berthed at Gravesend England. It was 87 years to the day since the First Fleet had sailed from Gravesend under Arthur Phillip to undertake settlement in Australia.
On this day in 1912: Sydney Members of Parliament, Donaldson and Scobie, stated Aboriginal children in camps should be taken from their mothers.
On this day in 1966: Seventeen year-old Aboriginal boxer Lionel Rose outfought the highly-rated American Jerry Stoker over twelve rounds in Melbourne
On this day in 1976: Ex-champion Aboriginal footballer, Pastor Sir Douglas Nicholls, was appointed Governor of South Australia at age 69.
On this day in 1985: More than 1,000 Aboriginal people protested Bob Hawke’s Preferred National Land Rights Model in a march on Parliament House, Canberra.
Born on this day in 1988 AFL footballer Patrick Ryder recruited by Essendon
On this day in 1905: Neck chains were banned for Aboriginal prisoners in Western Australia, except for punishment or with the sanction of the Colonial Secretary.
On this day in 1964: Kim Beazley Senior reminded parliament that “irrespective of who has control over Aborigines only one government is answerable before the forum of international opinion – the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia. In the forum of international opinion – the United Nations – no-one will raise Western Australia’s policy or Queensland’s policy but the delegates of the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia will have to answer for Australia’s attitude”.
On this day in 1998: The Democrats described the Government’s budget announcement of a new policy unit to advise the Minister for Aboriginal and Islander Affairs as “a new level of bureaucracy that Indigenous Australians don’t need”. Democrats’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs spokesman, John Woodley, said Minister John Herron took $2 million from ATSIC’s budget for a separate policy unit to advise him. Senator Woodley said the move undermined the ATSIC Board, which was elected to the role of providing principal policy advice on Indigenous issues to the Federal Government.
On this day in 1813 Vengeful warriors spear and kill stockkeeper William Baker and his de facto wife Mary Sullivan on the property run by Elizabeth Marsden at Camden. After his role in the overthrow of Governor William Bligh, John Macarthur is still in exile in England.
On this day in 1839: Governor Gipps declared that Aboriginal people had equal rights with Europeans to the protection of the laws of England. One of the clauses was that an inquest was to be held into every case of an Aboriginal person dying in violent circumstances.
On this day in 1986: The West Australian newspaper reported that talks had begun in Perth on ways of implementing a $100 million five-year aid package for WA Aboriginal people.
On this day in 1998: Honouring Emily Kame Kngwarreye Alhalkere – Paintings from Utopia, a Queensland Art Gallery Travelling Exhibition, commenced at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
On this day in 1999: A new interactive multimedia visual arts museum and cultural centre, Global Arts Link (GAL), opened in Ipswich. The centre was an Australian innovation with the interactive technology being used to present Indigenous art and stories from Ipswich’s local Indigenous communities.
Born on this day in 1901 Xavier Herbert was an Australian writer best known for his Miles Franklin Award-winning novel Poor Fellow My Country (1975). He is considered one of the elder statesmen of Australian literature. He did not publish his first book, Capricornia, until 1938. Capricornia was, in part, based on Herbert’s experiences being a Protector of the Aborigines in Darwin, even though it was written in London between 1930 and 1932.
The 1940s and 1950s were a relatively lean time for Herbert in terms of publication. He released Seven Emus. In the 1960s he published two books, before the release of Poor Fellow My Country (1975), as well as a short story collection. Poor Fellow My Country is the longest Australian novel.
On this day in 1980: The Aboriginal Development Commission was formed.
On this day in 1997: The appointment of Mr Darcy Turgeon as General Manager of the Corrective Services Commission’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy Unit was announced by the agency’s Chairperson, Trevor Carlyon today. Mr Turgeon planned to tackle high profile correctional issues, such as Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the over-representation of Indigenous offenders in prison.
On this day in 1997: A press conference held at Parliament House on this day was entitled What are the international implications of Australia’s proposed legislative response to the Wik decision?’ Speakers included Professor Peter Russell, Professor Emeritus of Politics, Toronto University, Father Frank Brennan, Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre, and Janet Hunt, Executive Director of Australian Council for Overseas Aid.
On this day in 1942: At dawn on this day a convoy of trucks arrived at Hopevale Lutheran Mission, Cooktown, to remove the Aboriginal residents and take the missionary into internment. The mission had a superintendent of German descent and Army Intelligence therefore regarded the mission as a ‘potential problem’. The elderly were evacuated to Palm Island near Townsville, but a further 235 were sent to Woorabinda, over 1,000 km south. Of the 235 evacuated there, sixty had died by March 1943.
On this day in 2001: ATSIC chair Geoff Clark supported the decision by the traditional owners and the managers of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park to close the tourist climb as a mark of respect for the passing of an elder. Mr Clark said “those who publicly carp about short term economic loss simply demonstrate their profound ignorance of Aboriginal law and culture and the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park Plan of Management which clearly states that climbing is discouraged and the climb can be closed”.
On this day in 2002: The traditional owners of the Urapunga area were handed back their land by Daryl Williams, as the Acting Minister for Immigration and Indigenous Affairs. The land was handed back to Burdal, Guyal, Manbali and Murrungun groups of the Ngalakgan people.
Born on this day in 1872 Vdward Stone Parker assistant protector of Aborigines of Victoria Parker selected a site on the northern side of Mount Franklin on Jim Crow Creek with permanent spring water. This became known as the Loddon Aboriginal Protectorate Station at Franklinford, and was known to the Dja Dja Wurrung as Lalgambook. Initially Parker had wanted the station used by several tribes, but the Dja Dja Wurrung objected to this as the station was on their territory so mainmat or foreign people were limited to a very few. Parker also attempted to prosecute those European settlers who had killed aborigines including Henry Monro and his employees for killings in January 1840 and William Jenkins, William Martin, John Remington, Edward Collins, Robert Morrison for the murder of Gondiurmin in February 1841. Both cases were thrown out of court due to the inadmissibility of aboriginal witness statements and evidence.
On this day in 2006 Boxer Danny Green loses to Anthony Mundine by points decision over 12 rounds. The fight remains one of the most watched bouts in Australian boxing history. The bars at the hotels in Alice Springs went quiet as the decision was handed down in Mundin’s favor.
Born On this day in 1969: Aboriginal country-music singer Troy Cassar-Daley in Sydney(raised in Grafton)
Born on this day in 1986 Andrew Walker AFL footballer recruited by Carlton
On this day in 1789: Arabanoo, the first of Governor Phillip’s proteges, died of smallpox after nursing some of the victims of the epidemic which broke out amongst Aboriginal people in April 1789. He was buried in Governor Phillip’s garden.
On this day in 1794: The death of Yemmerrawanyea, who travelled to England with Bennelong and Governor Phillip in 1793, at Eltham on the outskirts of London, aged 18. On this day in 1827: Lieutenant Nathaniel Lowe was arraigned before the Supreme Court for the murder of an Aboriginal person while in custody. Lowe was subsequently acquitted.
Born on this day in 1991 Allan Christensen AFL footballer recruited by the Geelong football club
On this day in 1993: Charles Harris, internationally renowned Aboriginal human rights activist and ordained minister of the Uniting Church, died in Townsville. He was a visionary whose fight against social injustice and racism earned him the title of the ‘Martin Luther King of Australia’. In 1984 he was a founder of the Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress and in 1988, while living in Sydney, he was the initiator of the idea for the March for Freedom, Justice and hope held on Australia Day.
On this day in 1998: On the International Day of Action to Stop Jabiluka, Yvonne Margarula was arrested with three others for trespassing on her own traditional land.
On this day in 2003: Indigenous communities were able to take legal action to protect against
inappropriate, derogatory or culturally insensitive use of copyright material under new legislation proposed by the Government on this day.
Born on this day in 1982 AFL football player Justin Murphy played for Richmond, Carlton, Geelong, EssendonBorn on this day in 1978 AFL Footballer Dean Rioli spent his whole professional career with Essendon playing 100 games
Born on this day in 1983 AFL footballer Ashley McGrath recruited by Brisbane Lyons
Born on this day in 1988 Joel Moon NRL footballer who currently plays for the New Zealand Warriors .Moon is a versatile player being able to play at centre, five-eighth, halfback, second row and lock.
Born on this day in 1975 Boxer and ex NRL player Anthony Mundine is a former two-time WBA Super Middleweight champion boxer and current IBO Middleweight champion and New South Wales State of Origin representative footballer. He is also the son of legendary boxer, Tony Mundine.
Born on this day in 1983 Brendon Bowen NRL Footy player footballer currently signed with the Gold Coast Titans club of the National Rugby League. Previously he played for the North Queensland Cowboys from 2003 to 2007. He is a cousin of Cowboys fullback Matt Bowen.
On this day in 1978: Kimberley Land Council was established at a meeting of some 1000 Aboriginal people at Noonkanbah Station in WA.
On this day in 2008 Patrick Dodson is the second Australian to receive Australia’s only international peace prize, the Sydney 2008 Peace Prize.
On this day in 1793: Governor Phillip arrived in London with two Aboriginal people: Bennelong and Yemmerrawanyea.
On this day in 1976: Harold Blair (right), the legendary Aboriginal operatic tenor, died of a heart attack on his return to Melbourne.
On this day in 1998: The Yarrabah Community, just south of Cairns, received a $50,000 grant from State and Commonwealth Health Departments to undertake the Yarrabah Multi-purpose Health Service Feasibility Study. The project was aimed at developing models, processes and plans for greater local control in the delivery of Indigenous health services
Born on this day in 1984 Cameron Faulkner AFL footballer began his career with Western Bulldogs
On this day in 1963: Aboriginal groups urged the Victorian government not to close the Lake Tyers settlement. Pastor Doug Nicholls, an Aboriginal leader who earlier resigned from the Aborigines Welfare Board over the issue, was at the head of the fight to retain the land.
On this day in 1996: The Government released ‘Towards a More Workable Native Title Act’, a discussion paper which canvassed options designed to improve the workability of the Native Title Act
On this day in 1997: Commonwealth Attorney General, Mr Darryl Williams ruled out any payment of compensation to members of the Stolen Generations
On this day in 2000: The Prime Minister announced Government support for the construction of a reconciliation square in the parliamentary zone in Canberra.
On this day in 2001: The Federal Government announced a boost of more than $327 million to spending on Indigenous affairs in the 2001 Budget. The Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Philip Ruddock, said the Budget contained a number of practical measures aimed at increasing self reliance, breaking the cycle of welfare dependency and improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
On this day in 2003: ATSIC chairman Geoff Clark called for an end to all mining activities in Australia until the indigenous owners of mineral resources were paid properly.
Born on this day in 1957 AFL footballer Keren Ugle played 4 games for Freemantle Dockers
On this day in 1833: Midgegooroo, father of Yagan, was shot dead at six paces by a firing squad outside a Perth gaol.
On this day in 1971: Queensland President of the One People of Australia League Neville Bonner became the first Aboriginal Senator. He was selected for a Senate vacancy created by Dame Annabelle Rankin. Mr Bonner wept as the Liberal Party announced the result, and said he was proud an Aborigine had finally made a breakthrough.
On this day in 1984: Perth police were cleared of charges of the manslaughter of 16-year-old Aboriginal John Pat. It was the first case examined by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths In Custody.
On this day in 1991: The fortnightly Koori Mail newspaper commenced production. Initially launched as a commercial venture, it ran into financial difficulty and was taken over by a group of five Aboriginal communities in Lismore NSW.
On this day in 2002: ATSIC‟s elected representatives from across NSW sent a message of sincere support to the people of the Yorta Yorta Nation as they gathered in Canberra for their native title appeal in the High Court on this day.
On this day in 1793: Bennelong and Yemmerrawanie travelled with Governor Phillip to England and were presented to King George III on this day.
On this day in 1836: Government surveyor Thomas Mitchell pushed into what is now Victoria, shooting and killing several Barkindji people.
On this day in 1888: Aboriginal communities throughout Australia were given a handout of blankets to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.
On this day in 1988: The National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) became an incorporated body. NAISDA has continued to develop its dance and teaching programs.
On this day in 2003: New South Wales launched a plan to reduce illness and mortality rates in Aboriginal men.
Born on this day in 1982 NRL footballer Justin Hodges footballer for the Brisbane Broncos . He also plays representative football for the Queensland Maroons and Australian Kangaroos teams. Hodges’ usual position is in the centres and he has won premierships with both the Broncos and previously with the Sydney Roosters.
On this day in 1997 the report tabled in Federal Parliament that shook Australia. BringingThem Home detailed painful evidence of the removal of thousands of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children from their families
On this day in May 1813: Macquarie awards a gorget to Nurragingy or Creek Jemmy, inscribed “Chief of the South Creek Tribe”. This is the second gorget given by Macquarie. Macquarie promises Nurragingy and Colebee a joint grant of 30 acres at South Creek (now Blacktown).
On this day in 1868: The first game of the touring Aboriginal cricket team at the Oval against Surrey began. The game attracted some 20,000 spectators.
On this day in 1916: Death of Aboriginal bowler Jack Marsh who played for the New South Wales cricket team from 1900 to 1903.
On this day in 1999: The announcement of the Queensland Government’s new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Board. The 12-member board was established to advise the Government on matters impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.
On this day in 2001: After six years of hard work, Gadigal Information Service was issued a full-time Sydney-wide licence for Koori Radio by the Australian Broadcasting Authority.
Born on this day in 1988 AFL Brennan Stack footballer recruited by Western Bulldog
Born on this day in 1987 Will Chambers Rugby Union Player He is currently playing in the Super 14 for the Queensland Reds. He began his senior career for the Melbourne Storm of the NRL.
Born on this day in 1983 Nathan Merritt NRL footballer for the South Sydney Rabbitohs of the National Rugby League. He has also previously played for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. Nathan grew up on The Block, Redfern.
On this day in 26 May: National Sorry Day The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Bringing them home report into the Stolen Generations recommended that a National Sorry Day be held each year.
On this day in 1836: Major Thomas Mitchell, NSW Surveyor-General, mistook an Aboriginal corroboree on the banks of the Murray River for the prelude to an attack, and he and his men opened fire, killing at least seven and wounding many more. The previous night Mitchell and his men had met the tribe under friendly circumstances.
On this day in 1927: A Royal Commission stated that police were responsible for murdering seven Aboriginal people and burning their bodies near Dala in Western Australia in June 1926.
On this day in 1997: The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Report onthe National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families was tabled in Federal Parliament.
On this day in 1997: The Australian Reconciliation Convention commenced in Melbourne on this day.
On this day in 2000: On a bitterly cold morning, more than 250,000 people walked across Sydney Harbour Bridge in support of Indigenous Australians. The walk was the culmination of 10 years work by the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, and part of the Corroboree 2000 Reconciliation event in Sydney
On this day in 1998 One year after the Bringing Them Home report the first Sorry Day is marked by hundreds of activities around the country. The Australian federal government does not take part in ‘Sorry Day’, saying people who removed Aboriginal children thought they were doing the right thing and people now should not have to say sorry fo what people did in the past. Over 1 million signatures in thousands of Sorry Books speak a different language.The federal government makes amendments to the Native Title Act. Under these changes, protection of native title is reduced.
On this day in 1998 Federal election results in a second Aboriginal person elected to Federal Parliament – Senator Aden Ridgeway. He is to remain a Democrats Senator for New South Wales until 2005, the only Indigenous person serving in the Australian Parliament during that time.
On This day in 1998 Aboriginal athlete and Olympic gold medalist Cathy Freeman receives the Australian of the Year award.
On this day in 2000 Corroboree 2000 is held at Sydney Opera House to mark 10 years of work on Reconciliation. Here, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation presents to the nation Corroboree 2000 – Towards Reconciliation which includes the documents Australian Declaration towards Reconciliation and Roadmap for Reconciliation; over 300,000 people join People‟s Walk for Reconciliation across Sydney Harbour Bridge. Howard refuses to take part.
On This day in 1997 During the opening address of the Reconciliation Conventionin Melbourne Prime Minister John Howard refers to the plight of Australia’s Indigenous people as a mere ‘blemish’, dismissing centuries of dispossession and violence as insignificant. Indigenous delegates in the audience stand and turn their backs on the Prime Minister in protest. The PM snaps and screams at the audience in return.
On this day in 1836: Eight Aboriginal people were shot by Major Thomas Mitchell’s expedition during an encounter with a large group of Aboriginal people on the Murray. Mitchell had set out to prove the course of the Darling, and followed it northwards after finding its junction with the Murray. The appalling heat and lack of grass forced him to turn back to the Murray. On this day in 1967 Referendum held to change Australian Constitution with regards to recognition of Aboriginal citizenship.
On this day in 1967: The proposal to end constitutional discrimination against Aboriginal people was approved by a massive 91 per cent of the referendum vote. Aboriginal people were given citizenship rights.
On this day in 1997: Sir Ronald Wilson, President of the Human Rights and Equal
Opportunity Commission called on the Federal Government to fully implement the recommendations of the Stolen Children Report, including making reparation with all Indigenous people affected by policies of forcible removal.
On this day in in 2002 Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Minister Keith Hamilton and Community Services Minister Bronwyn Pike launched the Victorian Indigenous Family Violence Taskforce, an Indigenous led response to the trauma of family violence within Aboriginal communities. The Taskforce aimed to develop a long term, sustainable response to the incidence of family violence within Victoria’s Aboriginal community.
On this day in 1868: The first Australian Aboriginal Cricket Team caused a stir in England after playing their first match against Surrey at Kensington Oval. The team was billed as the “Aboriginal Blacks from Australia”.
On this day in 1997: Indigenous people would be trained to install and maintain water and waste management infrastructure in their communities, Training and Industrial Relations Minister Santo Santoro said on this day. He said $675,000 had been earmarked to train seventy people in thirty-four communities
On This day in1992 the Torres Strait Island flag was launched
On this day in 1788: The first serious clash between Aboriginal people and the first fleeters resulted in two convicts being killed near present day Rushcutters Bay in NSW.
On this day in 1967: The first meeting of the Aboriginal Land Fund Commission was held.
On this day in 1991: Aboriginal people and supporters from throughout Queensland and interstate gathered in Brisbane to protest against the State Government’s attempt to pass Native Title legislation. A large group met at Queens Park in George Street. After marching through the city they arrived at Parliament House to find the gates locked. The protesters were warned that they would be arrested if they attempted to enter the grounds. The group’s demands to be allowed to enter the grounds were refused and soon after the gates of Parliament House were knocked down.
On this day in 2001: The Federal Court ruled that an area of land, known as Kunin, near Dampier Creek, was central to the belief system of the Yawuru (pron: Ya-ru) people and highly significant to their culture. ATSIC Chairperson Rosetta Sahanna-Pitt said the native title ruling showed that, despite the devastation of British sovereignty, the proud culture of the Yawuru continued.
On this day in 2003: The Queensland Government threatened to axe the Palm Island Council for financial mismanagement .
Born on this day in 1971 Kyle Vander– Kuyp Kyle bettered the Oceanian record in the 110 metres hurdles to 13.29 seconds at the 1995 World Championships in Athletics.In addition he has competed at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, as well as the 1994 and 1998 Commonwealth Games
On this day in 1833: George Augustus Robinson set out to find Aborigines from Port Davey, Macquarie Harbour and Pieman River areas of Tasmania.
On this day in 1872: The Queensland Government annexed the islands of the Torres Strait within sixty miles of its coastline, including Prince of Wales Island and Thursday Island.
On this day in 1974: The Aboriginal Tent Embassy was blown down in a storm. The Embassy and its contents were ‘safeguarded’ by the Department of the Capital Territory.
On this day in 1998: The local government of Moreland celebrated its commitment to reconciliation in an event held at the Coburg Town Hall. A traditional Welcome Ceremony by the Wurundjeri people, the first inhabitants of the Melbourne area, opened the celebration.
On this day in 2003: The right of Aboriginal people to bar outsiders from their Northern Territory communities was reaffirmed on this day, with a journalist convicted for trespassing on Aboriginal land.
On this day in 1788: As relationships between the First Fleeters and local Aboriginal groups became more and more strained, two convicts were speared at Rushcutters Bay. It appears the killings were motivated by revenge for the earlier killing of a local Aboriginal person by a convict.
On this day in 1824: Aboriginal warriors in the O’Connell Plains area south-east of Bathurst, inspired by the resistance efforts of Windradyne, attacked stockman John Hollingshead. In reprisal, a posse killed two Aboriginal girls and a woman nearby.
On this day in 2000: The first major memorial in Canberra to Indigenous service personnel was unveiled on this day. The former MLC Building in Keltie Street, Woden, was officially renamed Lovett Tower at a ceremony presided over by His Excellency the Governor General Sir William Deane.
On this day in 2001: A painting by artist Marika Baumgart entitled “Unity and Strength” won the $5000 NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) 2001 Art Award. The painting of two Indigenous and two non- Indigenous men joined in a circle and looking into a future of racial friendship was a symbolic representation of the NAIDOC theme “Treaty – Let‟s Get It Right”.
On this day in 2006 Victoria is the first state to formally recognise the sacrifice and service of Indigenous servicemen during the inaugural Honoring Victorian Indigenous Returned Service Men and Women Shrine of Remembrance Service. The service is held each year since.