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. The exhibition will be held at the State Library of WA from 27 May - 3 September.
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.
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, including the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle, 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.
Perth exhibition locations
State Library of Western Australia
Perth Cultural Centre
Saturday 27 May - Sunday 3 September
WA Maritime Museum
Victoria Quay, Fremantle
Friday 26 May - Sunday 16 July
Right Wrongs: '67 Referendum - WA 50 years on is proudly supported by the Australian Broadcasting Commission and the National Archives of Australia. #RightWrongsWA. A free exhibition. This project is a partnership between the State Library of Western Australia, Western Australian Museum and Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
27 May 2017 09:00 AM
03 Sep 2017 17:00 PM