This black-and-white photograph shows Roslyn Watson, an Indigenous Australian dancer, choreographer and teacher of international renown.
This black-and-white photograph shows the famous Indigenous activist, leader and public servant Charles Perkins seated behind his desk at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs in Canberra.
These maps show Norman B Tindale’s attempt to record First Australian language groups. They illustrate the diversity of these languages.
This black-and-white photograph shows five Indigenous children at school.
This black-and-white photograph shows the Indigenous leader Sir Douglas Nicholls giving a speech on the lawns of Government House in Adelaide.
Before British colonisation, over 250 languages and 800 dialects were spoken in Australia. The active preservation, recording and promotion of these languages is necessary for their survival.
The 1967 referendum – in which over 90% of voters agreed that First Australians deserved equal constitutional rights – remains the most successful referendum in Australian history.
An estimated 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people served with the Australian Imperial Force in World War I.
This black-and-white photograph shows Michael 'Mick' Dodson, an Aboriginal lawyer, academic and advisor to governments.
This black-and-white photograph shows Queensland Senator Neville Bonner with two constituents in his Brisbane office.
This black-and-white photograph shows Eddie Mabo with his friend and neighbour Jack Wailu on Mer (Murray Island) in the Torres Strait Islands, in September 1989.
Neville Bonner was the first Aboriginal person to sit in the Commonwealth parliament, and was a respected commentator on Indigenous issues.
Charles Perkins led the Freedom Ride in 1965, and joined the Commonwealth Office of Aboriginal Affairs soon after, becoming a well-known national figure in Indigenous issues.
The Tandanya Declaration on Indigenous matters commits the National Archives to working respectfully with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to decolonise archival principles and collaboratively develop new ways of creating, sharing and preserving valued knowledge.
This black-and-white photograph shows a prominent Indigenous Australian, Lowitja ‘Lois’ O'Donoghue.
The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program supports our aim to protect and provide access to Australia's cultural heritage. The program gives grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups.
Discover records about the achievements of outstanding Australians, from explorers and sportspeople to Indigenous and women’s rights activists.
This black-and-white photograph shows the well-known Indigenous Australian actor and television presenter Ernie Dingo.
This photo shows First Australian children learning Bandjalang, an Indigenous language. This photo illustrates the revival of First Australian languages.
This black-and-white photograph shows celebrated Indigenous Australian actor and dancer David Gulpilil in performance at the 1982 Australia Day celebrations in Canberra.