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Fight For Survival

  • Things to do, Exhibitions
  • Melbourne Museum, Carlton
  1. Several prints at the Melbourne Museum's Fight for Survival exhibition.
    Photograph: Eugene Hyland
  2. Activism posters for the Fight For Survival exhibit at the Melbourne Museum.
    Photograph: Eugene Hyland
  3. People protesting against closure of Northland Secondary College on the steps of Victorian Parliament House
    Photograph: Jill Morgan

Time Out Says

This exhibition hones in on the community-led movement to save Northland Secondary College

In 1992, more than 50 Victorian schools were slated to close due to budget constraints. Among them was Northland Secondary College, a school with a large Aboriginal student body and an innovative Koori program.

Staff, students and the community rallied around Northland and fought against the decision to shut the school, eventually leading to a hearing that decreed that the school could reopen for the 1994 school year.

Melbourne Museum is highlighting this grassroots movement in an exhibition entitled Fight For Survival. The exhibition, which is showing at the Museum's Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, runs until July 11 and features photographs, artworks from former students and other historical material from the movement. 

To book tickets to Fight For Survival, head to the Melbourne Museum website

Adena Maier
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Adena Maier


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