Charles Perkins Timeline

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1936 Birth

1936

Charles Perkins born in 1936 in Kalkadoon

1965 Australian Freedom Rides

1965

Charles Perkins leads the 34 members of the Freedom Ride around NSW

1967 Australian Referendum

1967

Charles Perkins plays a key role in passing the 'Yes' vote for the referendum, which allowed Aboriginals to be included in the census.

2000 Death

2000

Time as Public Servant

1969 Begins Career as Public servant

1969

Permanent Secretary of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (1981 - 1988)

1981 - 1988

Charles Perkins was the first Aboriginal to become a permanent head of a federal government department.

Chairman of the Aboriginal Development Commission (1981 - 1984)

1981 - 1984

1993 Elected Commissioner of the Abriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

1993

1994 Elected Deputy Chairperson of ATSIC

1994