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[Aborigines Advancement League : ephemera material collected by the National Library of Australia]
Bib ID 7338230
Format BookBook [text, still image, sheet, volume]
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 Aborigines Advancement League (also known as the Aboriginal Advancement League) claims to be the oldest Aboriginal organisation in Australia. It is primarily concerned with Aboriginal welfare issues and the preservation of Aboriginal culture and heritage, and is based in Melbourne. The League was established in 1957 as a response to an enquiry by retired magistrate, Charles McLean, into the circumstances of Aboriginal Victorians. The League drew from two already existing organisations, the Australian Aborigines League, established 1934 and the Save the Aborigines Committee, which had been established in 1955. Early activities included lobbying for a referendum to change the Australian constitution to allow the Federal government to legislate on Aboriginal affairs, and an establishing a legal defence fund for Albert Namatjira, after he was charged with supplying liquor to an Aboriginal ward. By 1967 it had moved to being fully controlled by Aboriginal people with Bill Onus as the first Aboriginal President.

Subjects Aborigines Advancement League (Vic.) -- Miscellanea.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations -- Miscellanea.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Social conditions -- Miscellanea.  |  Printed ephemera -- Australia.  |  Australian
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