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[Aboriginal Embassy : ephemera material collected by the National Library of Australia]
Bib ID 1075946
Format BookBook
Description folders of miscellaneous pieces. 
Series

Australian ephemera collection (General)

Summary

The ephemera collection contains documents of everyday life generally covering publications of fewer than five pages. These may include: advertising material, area guides, booklets, brochures, samples of merchandise postcards, posters, programs, stickers and tickets.

Biography/History

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy is a semi-permanent assemblage where residing activists represent the political rights of Aboriginal Australians. It is made up of signs and tents on the lawn opposite Old Parliament House in Canberra, the Australian capital. It is not considered an official embassy by the Australian Government. The Embassy was established on Australia Day (26 January) in 1972, when four Aboriginal men (Michael Anderson, Billy Craigie, Tony Coorey and Bertie Williams) arrived in Canberra from Sydney and planted a beach umbrella on the lawn in front of Parliament House (now Old Parliament House). The Embassy was established in response to the McMahon Coalition Government's refusal to recognise Aboriginal land rights. The beach umbrella was soon replaced by several tents and Aboriginal people and non-indigenous supporters came from all parts of Australia to join the protest, uniting Aboriginal people throughout Australia in demanding uniform national land rights and mobilised widespread non-indigenous support for their struggle.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Politics and government -- Miscellanea.  |  Protest movements -- Australian Capital Territory -- Canberra -- Miscellanea.  |  Political activists -- Australian Capital Territory -- Canberra -- Miscellanea.  |  Printed ephemera -- Australia.  |  Aboriginal Tent Embassy (Canberra, A.C.T.) -- History.  |  Aboriginal Embassy.  |  Australian
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Aboriginal Tent Embassy

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