You are invited to view our 1967 Referendum Display
In 1967 a record 90.77% of Australians said 'yes' to the constitution being changed in order for the Commonwealth to make laws for aboriginal people, and for aboriginal people to be counted. This was the most successful of all Australian constitutional referendums, and particularly as only 8 have passed out of the 44 referendums held since 1901. The three-case display uses letters, photographs, newspaper front page, posters and an audio to explain what the referendum was about and why it was significant. Special focus is given to the Aboriginal-Australian Fellowship formed by Faith Bandler in NSW in 1956, as a partnership between non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal people to advocate for indigenous rights. Hundreds of letters to community and student groups, churches and Members of Parliament were written over a ten year campaign seeking support for constitutional change.
TUESDAY 4 JULY • 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
UNTIL AUGUST 31st
FREE ENTRY • All Welcome
The Parliament of New South Wales acknowledges and respects the traditional lands of all Aboriginal people, and pays respects to all Elders past and present. We acknowledge the Gadigal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which the Parliament of New South Wales stands.