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RIGHT WRONGS: ’67 REFERENDUM

27/05/2017 - 03/09/2017 RIGHT WRONGS: ’67 REFERENDUM

On 27 May 1967, Australians recorded the largest ever ‘Yes’ vote in a referendum to change the constitution. After a decade of campaigning, the ‘Right Wrongs, Write Yes’ catch-cry led to a symbolic victory for political and social recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 50 years on, we are challenged to consider just how far we have come, and where we are going. Through a unique partnership, Right Wrongs: ’67 Referendum explores the significance of this anniversary within the complex history of the ongoing struggle for Aboriginal rights in Western Australia. A major exhibition at the State Library of Western Australia reveals decades of activism through personal stories and powerful objects; satellite displays at the Western Australian Museum’s regional sites give local focus as members of the community reflect on the referendum and its meaning; and an educational toolkit developed by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs delves into the archives to present unique and insightful analysis coupled with moving community response. While there is much still to be done, the 1967 Referendum opened a doorway for change, and shone a spotlight on disadvantage and discrimination.