First Nations

An outdoor class photo of students and their teacher in front of a small wooden school building

NRS-3931 (part) Aboriginal school records, 1876–1979

A list of school records for those Aboriginal schools administered by the Department of Education and Training. Records include admissions, examination, observation & punishment books, visitors & stock book, staff meeting records

A defining image of the Reconciliation Bridge Walk in 2000 with the word ‘Sorry’ in skywriting above.
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National Apology

This week marks the anniversary of the National Apology. On 13 February 2008, the then prime minister, Kevin Rudd, publicly apologised on behalf of the federal government to the Stolen Generations

Image provided by Close the Gap 2024 campaign
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National Close the Gap Day 2024

Today is National Close the Gap Day 2024. Closing the gap refers to the meaningful action that is required by governments, organisations, communities and individuals to address inequity experienced by First Nations peoples in Australia

Ngaya (I am)
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Ngaya (I am)

‘A cut-and-paste, punked-up look at my Country’ is how Peter Waples-Crowe describes his video installation, a self-portrait of the artist as a queer Ngarigo person from the Snowy Mountains region of south-eastern NSW

Harold Blair sings at a piano played by Marjorie Lawrence

Paving the way ... Harold Blair: The first Aboriginal opera singer

A short documentary that offers a glimpse into the life of Harold Blair, a world-renowned tenor, family man and political campaigner who sought social justice and human rights for Australia’s First Nations people

Ngaya (I am)

Peter Waples-Crowe on Ngaya (I am)

Watch the interview with artist Peter Waples-Crowe, courtesy of ACMI (2023)

Directions for making a will, from a 1929 probate file

Probate packets: what the files can tell you

Probate packets hold the last will and testament, codicils, an inventory of assets of the estate, affidavits of death and other papers

Q&A: Jonathan Jones

The artist’s major installation at the Hyde Park Barracks inspired visitors to consider the dual history of this important site

Q&A: Peter Chia

Peter Chia, CEO of Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural & Education Centre, provides insights into his ambitions for the organisation