50 Years and Counting


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A day of reflection, commemoration and conversation.

The 1967 Referendum changed the Australian constitution, with record breaking ‘yes’ vote to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census for the first time. On the 50th anniversary of the Referendum, join us at SLQ to reflect on its historic and contemporary significance, enjoy inspired talks, and engage in lively conversation.

Plus, reflect on Queenslanders' evolving freedoms throughout history through our onsite exhibitions Freedom Then, Freedom Now (Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, level 4) and Don't Just Count Us, Let Us Count! (kuril dhagun, level 1).

Image: Lambert McBride Collection, 1963-1997. Suitcase used by Lambert McBride whilst campaigning for better conditions for Indigenous people throughout the 1960s. John Oxley Library, SLQ, Accession 7481.

Dr Chelsea Bond

Dr Chelsea Bond

Dr Chelsea Bond is a Munanjali and South Sea Islander woman and Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit and an affiliate member of UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. Chelsea has almost 20 years’ experience working to improve Indigenous health in the south east Queensland region as a community health worker and health researcher.


10am - 11amOpening session

Event blessing by Aunty Maroochy Barambah

Keynote address by Dr Chelsea Bond
Live streamed online

Auditorium 1, Level 2
10am - 1pmRichard Bell's Tent Embassy

Black Screen
A selection of screenings from the national Film and Sound Archive highlighting the everyday resistance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Maiwar Green, between SLQ and GoMA
11amExhibition tour
Don't Just Count Us, Let Us Count!
kuril dhagun, Level 1
12pm Exhibition tour
Freedom Then, Freedom Now
Philip Bacon Heritage gallery, Level 3
1pm - 4pm Richard Bell's Tent Embassy

TENT talks

Stimulating conversations held in the Tent Embassy, artist and activist Richard Bell’s homage to the original Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the world’s longest running ongoing protest assembled by activists on the lawn of Australia’s Parliament House in 1972. Experience the spirit of the Embassy and its legacy with respected community leaders in conversation.

1pm – Dr Mary Graham
2pm – Boe Spearim
3pm – MC Triks

Maiwar Green, between SLQ and Goma
Sat 27 May 2017, 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
Meet at Reception, level 1, State Library
More information:
kuril dhagun
(07) 3842 9824

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