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'Remember, the Aboriginal Publications Foundation was formed so that indigenous people could air their grievances. This is your chance to say what you think in your own magazine.

'A door has opened. Let your pen keep it open. Let the voice of the indigenous people be heard from one end of Australia to the other and even overseas.'

Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920-93), Noonuccal people
Identity Vol. 1 No. 1, July 1971, page 1

Identity (1971-82) was an initiative of the Aboriginal Publications Foundation, whose founding committee included Aboriginal leaders such as Oodgeroo Noonuccal (President), Douglas Nicholls (Vice President), Charles Perkins (Secretary), Gordon Briscoe (Treasurer) and Bob Randall, George Abdullah, Ken Hampton, Harry Nelson and John Moriarty.

The foundation's mission was to create 'a forum for Aboriginal opinion and an expression of Aboriginal literary and artistic talent'. (Identity Vol. 1 No. 1, July 1971, page 2)

Produced quarterly, the content within the magazine ranged from robust debate about political issues to community profiles featuring local football teams. Stories celebrated the achievements of the less-known and the well-known, while others held a critical lens to issues of national importance. The magazine was for everyone and attracted both Indigenous and non-Indigenous readers alike.

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Last updated: 05 September 2022