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Clockwise from left: Curramulka Community Club, St Francis House, book cover (ABC Books), Flinders University, State Library of New South Wales.

Vince Copley had a vision for a better Australia – and he helped make it happen, with lifelong friend Charles Perkins

Vince Copley lived a long, impressive life, helping to make a better world for Aboriginal people. Born on a mission in 1936, he died aged 85, just after finishing his memoir, on 10 January 2022.
Sheas Creek runs into Alexandra Canal. Photo: Ilaria Vanni

Bell frogs, dugong bones and giant cauliflowers: water stories come to life at Green Square

Long before Green Square was a huge urban renewal project it was Country known to Traditional Owners for its wetlands. Until now, those water stories have remained largely invisible.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese with Yothu Yindi board member Djaawa Yunupingu during the Garma Festival in northeast Arnhem Land, where he announced his plan for a referendum on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament. Aaron Bunch/AAP

The power of yindyamarra: how we can bring respect to Australian democracy

Liberal democracy has been a failure for First Nations people – a Voice to Parliament must add more weight to the scales.
‘Trucked Off to Brewarrina Mission’, Wanaaring 1938. 1 of 6 images by May Hunt. Photo first published in the New Dawn, January 1974. Originally incorrectly attributed to Ron Riley. This was included in the ‘Looking Through Windows’ exhibition courtesy of Harold Hunt and family.

An Ode To My Grandmother: remaking the past using oral histories, theatre and music

Indigenous oral history is more than a methodology. It is living history, practised for thousands of millennia, intrinsically woven into Aboriginal people’s way of life and culture.

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