One Day, Many Voices

Museums, History
Bill Onus with unnamed child, marching for Aboriginal rights
Photograph: Fairfax Media, May 29, 1967 Bill Onus with unnamed child, marching for Aboriginal rights

Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum with historic footage and responses by contemporary Koorie artists

On May 27 1967, 90 per cent of Australians voted in favour of altering the constitution so that Indigenous people would be included in the national census. The years and months leading up to this turning point in Australian history were marked by protests and petitions by First Nations people from across the country; and it is this movement for change that Bunjilaka seeks to capture in One Day, Many Voices. Footage and images from this period will be presented on screens inside voting booths, along with historic ephemera. Koorie artists have also been invited to create and display work in response to the referendum – look out for photo-collages by Gunditjmara artist Hayley Millar-Baker and the striking digital print ‘Protest Baby’ by Gunnai/Gunditjmara artist Arika Waulu.

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