Prominent Indigenous Australians

MULTIMEDIA SCRAPBOOK STUDENT INFORMATION SHEET, LEVEL 6

Prepared by Centenary State High School

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Introduction

Indigenous Australians play a prominent role in political and community life. They have also contributed in similar ways in the past. The women and men you will meet through this activity come from different parts of Australia and have different skills and interests. They have been and are still involved in a wide range of activities of importance to all Australians, as well as to Indigenous Australians.

You now have the opportunity to get to know some of these women and men by collecting a scrapbook of materials that introduce them to you and illustrate their achievements in political and community life.

Instructions

Your task is use the Internet links below, as well as other sources, to locate a variety of important text and visual (and audio/sound*) sources to add to your Multimedia Scrapbook. The pieces you choose will help you to:

  1. get to know the person (biographical information);
  2. describe how he/she has participated in political and community life; and
  3. evaluate his/her achievements.

Use the guidelines given and check other parts of the websites listed to collect important sources. You must choose at least four different kinds of sources and check them off on your Sources Checklist. The URL for the site may help you to decide what kind of source you are using.

Look at your scrapbook carefully to see that you have chosen sources that will enable you to answer the three sections listed above.

Enjoy your virtual meetings with some Indigenous Australians. Be sure to collect an interesting scrapbook to remember them by.

* While you may not be able to record the audio/sound sources, you will be able to note them on your Sources Checklist.

To create your scrapbook you will:

  1. copy any text you need through Edit –> Copy –> Paste into the scrapbook you have created in your word processor program.
  2. save images by downloading them and adding them to your scrapbook.

Note: Check to see if copyright rules allow you to copy and download these sources. Usually students have permission to copy material to be used only in the classroom.

Prominent Indigenous Australians

A. Neville Bonner

ABC Online
http://www.abc.net.au/
Search on: Neville Bonner

National Library of Australia
http://www.nla.gov.au
Search on: Neville Bonner
Look at the files:

  • MS 7903. Papers of Neville Bonner (1922–)
  • Bonner, Neville (1922–1999) (Boomerang) 1968

Australian Democrats
http://www.democrats.org.au/
Choose: People/Senator Aden Ridgeway
18 September 2003, Parliament House, Canberra: Senator Aden Ridgeway speaks on the Adjournment – The Anniversary of the First Speech of Senator Neville Bonner

B. Charles 'Chicka' Dixon

ABC Online
http://www.abc.net.au/
Search on: Charles 'Chicka' Dixon
Select biographical information and information about his achievements.
Collect his photograph. Select sections from his statement about his involvement in the Aboriginal Rights movement in the 1960s.

National Library of Australia
http://www.nla.gov.au
Search on: Mura Gadi
Listen to 'Interview with Chicka Dixon'.
Look at other online files.

Maritime Union of Australia
Search on: Chicka Dixon
Look at 'White plague strikes black elder'.
Collect his own reflections on his life.

C. Mick Dodson

Monash University
http://www.monash.edu.au/
Search on: Mick Dodson
Collect his photograph and note the prominent positions held by Mick Dodson.

ABC Online
http://www.abc.net.au/
Search on: Mick Dodson

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
http://www.atsic.gov.au/
Search on: Mick Dodson for 'Mick Dodson's parting shots'

D. Patrick Dodson

ABC Online
http://www.abc.net.au/
Search on:

  • Patrick Dodson – a life story
  • Patrick Dodson book launch

Australasian Legal Information Institute
http://www.austlii.edu.au/
Search on: Patrick Dodson Press Club
Look at 'Reconciliation at the crossroads: address to the National Press Club, April 1996'.

Universal Rights Network
http://www.universalrights.net/
Choose: People's Stories/Heroes/Patrick Dodson

Macquarie University: Institute of Aboriginal Studies and Research
http://www.abst.mq.edu.au/
Choose: Reconciliation/Mater Maria College
Collect the responses of students of Mater Maria College in Sydney to their studies of reconciliation and descriptions of what happened on the day. Note the significance of the photograph.

E. Pearl Gibbs

Discovering Democracy
http://www.curriculum.edu.au/ddunits/
Go to DD Units and search on: Pearl Gibbs

Sydney Morning Herald
http://www.smh.com.au/
See 'Reconciliation pioneer Gibbs honoured' at
http://old.smh.com.au/news/0111/03/national/national8.html
Select biographical information and information about her importance to moves to gain Aboriginal rights. Note the photograph.

Rootsweb.com
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/
Search on obituaries:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~hookersbend/obituaries_list.htm
Select from the speech extracts to list the rights she sought.

F. Ruby Hammond

State Library of South Australia
http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/women_and_politics/
Choose: The Aboriginal Voice
In the fourth paragraph choose 'Ruby Hammond collection'. Select the poster and note the important papers in the collection you would like to include as references in your scrapbook.

G. Vincent Lingiari

http://www.warrensnowdon.com/lingiari.htm
Select information to explain why Vincent Lingiari is remembered. Collect photograph.

H. Eddie Mabo

National Library of Australia
http://www.nla.gov.au
Search on: Eddie Mabo
Select 'Papers of Edward Koiki Mabo'.
Look at 'Scope and Content Note' and 'Biographical Note'. Collect his photograph.

ABC Online: Behind the News
http://www.abc.net.au/btn/
Choose: Australians/Eddie Mabo
Select biographical information and information about his achievements.

Green Left Weekly
http://www.greenleft.org.au/
Search in Back Issues on: Eddie Mabo
Look at 'The inspiring life of Eddie Mabo'.

I. Sir Doug Nicholls

Yarra Healing: Towards Reconciliation with Indigenous Australians
http://www.yarrahealing.catholic.edu.au/stories-voices/index.cfm?loadref=40
Choose: Start/Journeys/Voices/John Landy
Look at 'A tribute to Doug Nicholls'.
Select biographical information and information about his achievements.

Aussie School House
http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/thwaites/nicholls.htm (link no longer available)
Select biographical information and information about Doug Nicholls' achievements. Collect the photograph.

J. Lowitja O'Donoghue

Isis Creations
http://www.isis.aust.com/
Choose: Indigenous Australia/Sea of Hands/Lowitja O'Donoghue – Former Chair ATSIC
Select the first four paragraphs of Lowitja O'Donoghue's speech to explain her importance in the development of Native Rights legislation. Collect her photograph.

Alphalink
http://www.alphalink.com.au/
Look at 'Lowitja O'Donoghue – the true story'
http://www.alphalink.com.au/~rez/Journey/bolt.htm
Select important information from the media release and newspaper articles.

Australian Women's Archives Project
http://www.womenaustralia.info/biogs/IMP0079b.htm
Select biographical information and note the significance of her work.

K. Pat O'Shane

ABC Online: Behind the News
http://www.abc.net.au/btn/
Choose: Australians/Pat O'Shane
Select biographical information and information about her contributions to Aboriginal issues.

National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame
http://www.pioneerwomen.com.au/
http://www.pioneerwomen.com.au/sistersuits.htm
Collect her photograph. Select information to illustrate why Pat O'Shane was a pioneer.

L. Charles Perkins

National Library of Australia
http://www.nla.gov.au/
Search on: Charles Perkins
Select 'Papers of Charles Perkins'. Look at 'Biographical Note' for biographical information and information about his importance.

ABC Online
http://www.abc.net.au/time/chars/char5.htm
Collect photograph. Select Charles Perkins' statements on the 'Freedom Ride' and 'The Referendum'.

Law Link NSW
http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/
Search on: Charles Perkins
Look at 'Address at the State Funeral for Charles Nelson Perkins AO'.
Select information about his achievements.

ABC Online 1997
http://www.abc.net.au/news/features/stories/s200790.htm
Select information from the online news about his achievements as well as the biographical information. Collect photograph.

M. Aden Ridgeway

Fraynework Justice Issues
http://www.fraynework.com.au/justice/
Choose: Indigenous Issues/Profile/Aden Ridgeway
Collect photograph. Select biographical information and information about his achievements.

Australian Democrats
http://www.democrats.org.au/
Choose: People/Aden Ridgeway

Aden Ridgeway
http://www.adenridgeway.com/
Look particularly at his speeches for his views on issues such as reconciliation and stolen generations.

N. 'Mum Shirl' Smith

ABC Online: Behind the News
http://www.abc.net.au/btn/
Choose: Australians/Aboriginal Australians/'Mumshirl' Smith Look at biographical information and the important contributions Mum Shirl Smith made.

The Kooriweb Network
http://www.kooriweb.org/
Choose: Gary Foley's Koori History Website/Heroes of the Koori Resistance/Mum Shirl
Select biographical information. Collect photograph.

O. Galarrwuy Yunupingu

Northern Land Council
http://www.nlc.org.au/
Choose: About the NLC/Inside the NLC/Council Members/Chairman Profile
Note biographical details of Galarrwuy Yunupingu and information to describe his achievements.

ABC Online Darwin
http://www.abc.net.au/darwin/stories/s674575.htm
Look at 'Galarrwuy Yunupingu talks land rights'.
Select information from the interview to describe Galarrwuy Yunupingu's role in the Gove land rights case.

Australia's Yolngu People: Celebrating 40,000 years
http://www.dw-world.de/english/0,3367,1453_A_663771,00.html
Select the section 'Confronting the challenge of survival' to explain the importance of the Garma festival in 2002.

Yothu Yindi
http://www.yothuyindi.com/
Choose: The Band/Band Biography
Look at The Music/Treaty to outline the importance of the song/album.

Other resources

Use the following list of resources to add more material to your scrapbook.

A. Neville Bonner
Angela Sutherland Burger, Neville Bonner, A Biography, Macmillan.

E. Pearl Gibbs
Discovering Democracy Lower Secondary Units, Curriculum Corporation, 1998, pp 131–3.

G. Vincent Lingiari
Brasch, Nicolas, Signposts and Milestones: Understanding Australian Culture, Heinemann Library, Port Melbourne, vol 4, p 26.

H. Eddie Mabo
Australians (video) 994.09 AUS
Mabo: Life of an Island Man (video) 306.08 MAB
Brasch, Nicolas, Signposts and Milestones: Understanding Australian Culture, Heinemann Library, Port Melbourne, vol 3, p 5.

I. Sir Douglas Nicholls
Discovering Democracy Lower Secondary Units, Curriculum Corporation, 1998, pp 133–4.
Fitzgerald, S, Doug Nicholls: Champion for Dignity, Heinemann Library, Port Melbourne, 1997.

J. Lowitja O'Donoghue
Condon, Bill, Those Who Dared, Australia File series, Reed Library, 1998, p 24.

K. Pat O'Shane
Mitchell, S, Tall Poppies, 305.4 MIT, pp 145–59.

L. Charles Perkins
Cohen, B, Ideas and Reality 2, pp 173 and 176.
Brasch, Nicolas, Signposts and Milestones: Understanding Australian Culture, Heinemann Library, Port Melbourne, vol 2, p 6.

M. Aden Ridgeway
Tweedie, P (ed), Indigenous Australia: Standing Strong, Simon and Schuster, 2001, pp 146–9.

N. Mum Shirl Smith
Hendry, L, Famous Australians, Australia Library Series, Heinemann Library, 1997, pp 21–2.

O. Galarrwuy Yunupingu
Australians (video) AV 994.09 AUS
Condon, Bill. Those Who Dared, Australia File series, Reed Library, 1998, p 22.

Sources Checklist

Text sourcesTickVisual, audio and other sourcesTick
Biographical information Photograph – portrait 
Profile Photograph – group/event 
Speech/address Poster 
Speech (paper) Video 
Informative article (Internet) Film 
Online news   
Collection of papers (archives) Song 
Informative article (book) Interview – oral history 
Informative article (newspaper) Radio interview 
Informative article (magazine)   
Media release   
Radio broadcast script Artefact 
Student responses   
Personal recollections   

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