Australia’s historical and political records regularly omit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives on the ongoing struggle for Indigenous rights. Their experiences are often framed solely from the viewpoint of relations between Indigenous Australians and Europeans, or as a modern phenomenon that came into being as a result of the Civil Rights movements of the mid-twentieth century.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a long history of resisting colonialism, fighting for their rights, and protesting injustice. Stories of these struggles for rights are well known within communities, having been passed on through oral traditions since 1788. They are recorded in Indigenous journalism, art, literature, academia, and now in the online landscape. These voices of protest have always been imaginative and resourceful, combining Federal advocacy with regional leadership, and engaging in direct action, community programs, consultation, and promoting cultural diversity.
This exhibition from Monash University Library Special Collections showcases some of the creativity of Indigenous communities in print.
November 2018 to June 2019 The Gallery, Ground Level, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Clayton Campus