Eddie Koiki Mabo
Eddie Koiki Mabo led a landmark legal case that succeeded in overturning the fiction of terra nullius – ‘land belonging to no one’. What motivated Mabo to take on a ten-year legal challenge?
A map of diversity
The AIATSIS map is a visual reminder of the richness and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia.
The '65 Freedom Ride
In 1965, a group of students from the University of Sydney drew national and international attention to the appalling living conditions of Aboriginal people and the racism that was rife in New South Wales country towns. Known as the Freedom Ride, this 15-day bus journey through regional New South Wales would become a defining moment in Australian activism.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have occupied the lands and waters of Australia for millennia. Since the beginning of colonisation, Australia’s First peoples have defended their lands and waters and asserted their rights to their homelands. Learn about a few of the historical moments of the land rights movement in Australia.
Australia's First Peoples
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the first peoples of Australia with many different and distinct groups, each with their own culture, language, beliefs and practices. It is because of this diversity that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples identify in lots of different ways.
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Henry 'Seaman' Dan
Singing the train
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songs have told the stories of the land as it changed over thousands of years, transforming into ranges, rivers and water holes. They have sung into being people’s culture and their connection to country as a living thing.
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The 1967 Referendum