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Charlie Perkins and the Freedom Ride / Melanie Guile ; with graphic pages illustrated by Chris Burns.
South Yarra, Vic. : Macmillan Library, 2011.
The approach promotes critical thinking and analysis through an emphasis on causes an effects, key personalities and questioning the long-term outcomes of Charles Perkins' story for Australian society. The graphic-style presentation employed engages students, conveys details that text alone cannot convey and shows different viewpoints simultaneously.

Film clip of Charles Perkins narrated by Perkins himself
Charles Perkins and the Freedom Ride
Charles Perkins and the Freedom Ride

Guile, Melanie, and Chris Burns. Vincent Lingiari And the Wave Hill Walkout. South Yarra, Vic.: Macmillan Library, 2010.
In 1966, Gurindji elder Vincent Lingiari led his people in a walkout off Wave Hill cattle station. The station was built on traditional Gurindji land, but the Gurindji people were treated like slaves and paid little. Nine years after the walkout, the Gurindji people won back their land and control of their lives. The Wave Hill walkout marks the beginning of the Indigenous land rights movement.
Vincent Lingiari and the Wave Hill Walkout is a pivotal story in Australia's history. This book brings this intriguing story alive with a highly visual presentation that will engage students. Graphic-style re-enactments are employed alongside conventional presentation to convey details that text alone cannot convey, and to show different viewpoints simultaneously.
Vincent Lingiari and the Wave Hill Walkout
Vincent Lingiari and the Wave Hill Walkout

Playground : listening to stories from country and from inside the heart / compiled by Nadia Wheatley ; illustration and design, Ken Searle. This important book is a comprehensive account of many aspects of Aboriginal personal life and culture that are rarely touched upon in other publications. The people interviewed about their daily lives and families also recalled customs and activities of their ancestors. This book therefore also gives an insight into life in the nineteenth century, supplied from oral family tradition.
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Tucker, Alan/Too Many Captain Cooks” Each double page, with its singular painted illustration, tells of an early encounter between Aboriginal people and white explorers or settlers. P. 26 describes early encounters with the Ngarrendjerri at Encounter Bay. Many of the pages describe incidents that explain why the British government thought the land was unoccupied, ie terra nullius.
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The Aboriginal children's history of Australia / written and illustrated by Australia's Aboriginal children
Warlbiri School children in northern Australia write and illustrate their version of the Dreaming, the coming of white people, explorers, and missionaries, and of changes in their lives.
The Aboriginal Children's History of Australia
The Aboriginal Children's History of Australia

“Papunya School book of Country and History”. School children in Central Australia Australia write and illustrate their version of the Dreaming, the coming of white people, explorers, and missionaries, and of changes in their lives.
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Tucker, Alan/Side by Side. Each double page describes a true friendship or association between an Aboriginal person and a white Australian that had an impact on Australian history. The pages on Schurmann and Teichelmann and the Kaurna school relate to Adelaide.
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Remembering Lionsville / Bronwyn Bancroft
Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2013
Bronwyn Bancroft tells and illustrates her inspiring story of growing up in country New South Wales. As she explains, it is a story of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people existing in support of each other.( Bronwyn's father was from England.) The style is conversational, and at one point the tale is interrupted with an invitation to go for a swim. Bronwyn places her memories in the historical context of the war and its effect on family members. She stresses, too, the importance of sharing family activities and stories. All of Brownwyn's separate memories are linked together through the strong, patterned motifs of her distinctive illustrations.
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Indigenous Rights - 1950s and 60s
This document gives details of Aboriginal rights and entitlements published as student notes for a Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority course in 2012. Thanks to Lauren Poole for this resource.

Atherden, Geoffrey, "Babakuaria", a satirical look at modern Australia from an Indigenous point of view.
Sydney: Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1986. Thanks fo Adam Claridge for this resource.
Who am I? : the diary of Mary Talence / Anita HeissLindfield, NSW : Scholastic Press, 2006, reprinted 2007.
Mary, tragically a child of the stolen generation, is living a relatively stable institutional life in a home for Aboriginal girls until she is fostered into a white family living in a Sydney suburb. That is when the serious heartachesteps up several notches. She must contend with jealousy and rivalry from a daughter of the family, as well as patronising treatment from the adults and prejudice at school and in the wider world. A chance meeting with an older girl with a similar background gives Mary hope.
Anita Heiss has a blog at which is well worth a look, and which has a list of books about the experiences of black people.
The Apology - speech delivered by Kevin Rudd, then Pirme Minister of Australia, 13 February 2008
Follow the rabbit-proof fence / Doris Pilkington (Nugi Garimara)
St Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press, 1996.
(An award-winning movie of the book is also available.)
This famous true story tells of an Aboriginal family of stolen children who run away from institutional care and follow the rabbit-proof fence to return home, being careful all the time not to be caught by the authorities who are searching for them.
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My place: Sally's Story / Sally Morgan.
Fremantle, W.A. : Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1987
The children's version of this well-known autobiography is a good book to read aloud to a class. Sally grew up in Perth and realised only in her teens that she was Aboriginal. The book describes her childhood, and shows the great importance of Sally's mother and grandmother in maintaining a stable, loving household in spite of Sally's father's war neuroses. Later books tell the stories of her Grandmother and of her Uncle Arthur Corunna.
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We Are Going, Kath
Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal)

Down the
hole, Edna Tantjingu Williams and Eileen Wani Wingfield illustrated by Kunyi
June-Anne McInerney

I was little like you, Mary Malbunka

In conjunction with these books and sites, it is important to look at the website “Twelve Canoes”, listed below.

Film clip showing interview with Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker) Aboriginal poet and essayist

Film clip of Jimmy Little, singer

Film clip showing people cooking kangaroo in a pit oven

A film clip of Papunya settlement as viewed by an urban Koori band from the National Film and Sound Archive

A film clip describing useful Aboriginal medicines that helped the troops in the Second World War

Albert Namatjira

David Unaipon Information about Evonne Goolagong-Cawley Information about David Gulpilil Information about Eddie Mabo Information about Cathy Freeman
Pastor Sir Doug Nicholls
Senator Neville Bonner
Charles Perkins
Aboriginal Tent Embassy
Pat O'Shane
Aden Ridgeway

A History of the Indigenous Vote (as listed under Year 6 Topics)

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples

Heiss, Anita, “My Story: Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence”. An Aboriginal girl in an institution is fostered by a white family at the time of the Stolen Generations

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