Indigenous rights timeline

Events

commonwealth of australia

1901

Commonwealth of Australia formed. Indigenous Australians are kept out from the survey and the lawmaking powers of Commonwealth parliament

aborigines protection act nsw

1909

the aboriginal protection board had full control and full custody of all aboriginal children

indigenous family

1915

The Aborigines Protection Amending (NSW) gives power to the Aboriginal Protection Board to separate Indigenous children from their families without having to establish in court that they were neglected.

day of mourning

1938

Day of Mourning held by the Aborigines and the Aborigines Progressive Association. It was the first major protest by Indigenous people. They protested about “Aborigines Claim Citizen Rights” and the newspaper “Abo Call” was published.

rights to family

1940

The NSW Aborigines Protection Board loses its power to remove Indigenous children. The Board is renamed the Aborigines Welfare Board and is finally gone in 1969.

indigenous voting

1949

if the indigenous people are enrolled for state elections or have served in the Armed forces they are allowed to vote

federal council

1958

the federal council for the advancement of aborigines began a ten year campaign to end discrimination against the indigenous people

commonwealth elections

1962

All indigenous people are given the vote in Commonwealth elections

referendum

1967

90% of Australians took a survey and voted YES to give the commonwealth government the power to make laws and rights for indigenous Australians