Published On 17 May 2017 at 12:00 AM
In 1967 a referendum was held to change the Australian constitution so that Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people were finally counted as citizens in their own land.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Referendum, Sutherland Shire Library is holding a free event, My Journey: 1967 Referendum Memories at Sutherland Library on Saturday 27 May. The event includes a screening of the documentary The Fair Go, accompanied by stories of the referendum’s significance from local Aboriginal elder, Deanna Schreiber.
“It’s hard to believe that just 50 years ago, members of the oldest civilisation in the world were not recognised as citizens in their own land,” said Sutherland Shire Mayor, Carmelo Pesce.
“We are grateful to Deanna Schreiber as well as Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation for supporting this event and providing the Sutherland Shire community with the opportunity to learn more about our collective history,” he said.
The movie documents the ten year campaign to change the Australian constitution so that Indigenous people were counted in the census and that the Commonwealth – not States – had the power to make laws.
Told through personal interviews and rare archival footage, The Fair Go details the efforts of the people who helped change the Constitution including Faith Bandler, Chicka Dixon, Kim Beazley Senior, Charles Perkins, Evelyn Scott, Sir Anthony Mason and many others.
Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation will provide a display of authentic Aboriginal artworks painted by local Aboriginal artists from the Sutherland Shire and St George area available for purchase.
My Journey: 1967 Referendum Memories
Saturday 27 May
1.30pm to 3.30pm
This is a free event but bookings are essential.
Call 9710 0351 or book online.