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Fighting hard : the Victorian Aborigines Advancement League / Richard Broome
Bib ID 6609771
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Broome, Richard, 1948- author
Description Canberra, ACT : Aboriginal Studies Press, 2015 
xii, 275 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm 
ISBN 9781922059864 (paperback)

This book tells a history of the Aborigines Advancement League, the oldest Aboriginal organisation in Australia. As both a welfare and activist body, the League can be seen as the 'mother' of all Aboriginal Victorian community organisations, having spawned a diverse range of organisations. The League influenced the fight for civil rights and took a stand against the governments assimilation policy. Its activism with government and the United Nations predates the better known Tent Embassy and provided a Victorian, national and international perspective on Aboriginal affairs. Begun as a coalition of all Australians, in 1969 a black power takeover changed its management to Aboriginal community control -- something which was managed peacefully and fruitfully. Its national significance is marked by the League's leadership where, from the 1970s, many community heroes became role models for Aboriginal youth. Over the years the League has proven that despite the pervasive mythology, Aboriginal people can successfully govern their own organisations. In particular, the League has proven its capacity for managing good governance while maintaining Aboriginal cultural values.


Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Aborigines Advancement League (Vic.) -- History.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Victoria -- Societies, etc.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Victoria -- Social conditions.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Victoria -- History.  |  Race relations - Betterment societies, etc.  |  Politics and Government - Political action - Rallies and marches.  |  Yorta Yorta / Yota Yota people (D2) (NSW SI55-13)  |  Djadja wurrung / Dyadyawurung / Dja Dja Wrung people (S31.1) (Vic SJ54-04)  |  Politics and government - Indigenous representative bodies.  |  Habitation - Government settlements.  |  Politics and Government - Governance.  |  Habitation - Camps - Fringe and town.  |  Government policy - Integration.  |  Wiradjuri people (D10) (NSW SI55-07)  |  Kulin people (S21.1) (Vic SI54, SJ54)  |  Kurnai / Gunai people (S68) (Vic SJ55)  |  Politics and Government - Political action - Petitions.  |  Politics and Government - Political action - Indigenous embassies and political missions.  |  Habitation - Hostels.  |  Politics and Government - Political action - Activism.  |  Bangerang people (S40) (Vic SJ55-02)  |  Government policy - Assimilation.  |  Victoria -- History.  |  Cummeragunja (SW NSW SJ55-01)  |  Dandenong / Dandenong Ranges (Vic SJ55-05)  |  Framlingham / Purnim (W Vic SJ54-11)  |  Melbourne (Vic SJ55-05)  |  Healesville / Coranderrk (E Vic Yarra Valley SJ55-06)  |  Bung Yarnda / Lake Tyers (E Vic Gippsland SJ55-07)  |  Merri Creek / Northcote / Thornbury (Melbourne Vic SJ55-05)  |  Maloga (SW NSW SJ55-01)  |  Fitzroy (Melbourne Vic SJ55-05)  |  United States (USA)  |  Australian


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