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Different white people : radical activism for Aboriginal rights 1946-1972 / Deborah Wilson
Bib ID 6810737
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Wilson, Deborah M., author
Description Crawley, Western Australia : UWA Publishing, 2015 
© 2015 
xvi, 377 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9781742586656 (paperback)

UWAP scholarly.


"Different White People presents a trilogy of remarkable stories about campaigns for Aboriginal rights. But the most curious thing about this book is that the central characters in this book are not Aborigines. Some of the ‘different white people’ you will meet in these pages are well known Australians, but many are not. But they all had one crucial common characteristic: a single-minded determination to support and protect the rights of Aboriginal people. This book is a journey through three remote regions of Australia. It begins in 1946, as Aboriginal pastoral workers walk away from oppressive conditions to make their famous stand in the Pilbara, in Western Australia. The second, lesser known story unfolds in Central Australia, when Britain and Australia collaborate to conduct their missile and nuclear weapons programs in Aboriginal country. And, the final section of this book features a landmark action in the Northern Territory: Aboriginal workers and their families walked away from white bosses in the now-famous ‘Gurindji walk-off’ in 1966. And amidst these fascinating episodes in Australia’s history was an eclectic group of people working tirelessly to protect and support Aboriginal people and Aboriginal rights. They were The Different White People."--back cover.

Full contents
  • Machine generated contents note: Chapter One
  • Western Australia Pilbara Walk-Offs
  • Chapter Two
  • Chapter Three
  • Central Australia Weapons Testing Programs
  • Chapter Four
  • Chapter Five
  • Chapter Six
  • Northern Territory Wave Hill Walk-Off
  • Chapter Seven

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Legal status, laws, etc.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Civil rights -- History.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Land tenure -- History.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Social conditions -- History.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations -- History.  |  Politics and Government - Political action - Civil rights.  |  Politics and Government - Political action - Activism.  |  Employment - Conditions - Industrial relations - Industrial disputes.  |  Defence - Missile and weapons testing.  |  Land rights.  |  Employment - Conditions - Industrial relations - Trade unions.  |  Australia -- Race relations.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 20th century.  |  Port Hedland (WA East Pilbara SF50-04)  |  Woomera (West SA SH53-16)  |  Maralinga (Far West SA SH52-12)  |  East Pilbara area (WA SF50, SF51)  |  Daguragu / Kalkaringi / Wave Hill (Central NT SE52-08)  |  Australian


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