The 1967 Referendum 50 Years On: An Indigenous Reflection
Thursday 25 May 6.00 for 7.00 pm

The 1967 Referendum was a defining moment in not just Aboriginal but Australian history. Within Aboriginal communities the euphoria of the 1967 Referendum result was overwhelming. But fifty years on it is difficult not to overlook the failure of successive Australian governments to take advantage of such a wonderful opportunity. As a historian, Professor Maynard’s discussion will look back across the past including the decade leading up to the Referendum and the five decades following the landslide result. What has changed for Aboriginal people? Where is the country today?

Professor John Maynard is one of Australia’s best-known historians of Aboriginal Australia. A Worimi Aboriginal man from the Port Stephens region of New South Wales, he is currently Director of the Purai Global Indigenous and Diaspora Research Studies Centre and Chair of Aboriginal History at the University of Newcastle. He has served on many prestigious committees including as Deputy Chairperson of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association, and was Deputy Chair, Humanities in the Australian Research Council College of Experts. John has won numerous respected awards including University of Newcastle Researcher of the Year (2008 and 2012) and Australian National University Allan Martin History Lecturer (2010). In 2014 he was elected a member of the prestigious Australian Academy of Social Sciences. John has authored many books on Aboriginal history including his latest, Living with the Locals – Early Europeans’ Experience of Indigenous Life (2016). 

Michael Aird is a leading curator and researcher in Aboriginal arts and cultural heritage. He has curated over 25 exhibitions, published several academic articles and has been involved in numerous research projects. In 1996 he established Keeaira Press, an independent publishing house that focuses on Aboriginal art, history, and photography. Michael is currently an ARC Research Fellow in the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland.

FREE. Places limited.
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*Please note this event has two venues:
6.00 pm UQ Art Museum Refreshments and viewing of The Dust Never Settles exhibition.
7.00 pm Sir Llew Edwards Theatre, Room 212

This event is hosted by the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry and UQ Art Museum, proudly supported by the Office of the PVC (Indigenous Engagement)

Professor John Maynard
University of Newcastle