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Australian Bicentenary 1988

From
26 January 1988
Australia
To
1988

Summary

Australian State and Federal governments named the festivities around the Bicentenary of the invasion of Australia on 26 January 1788 by the British the 'Celebration of a nation'. Various communities took a dissenting view, notably many Indigenous groups who united on 26 January 1988 to stage the largest Indigenous protest in the history of colonised Australia. This took the form of a peaceful march of 100 000 Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Sydney. It was part of a history of Indigenous observation of this day inaugurated by the 1938 Day of Mourning. As the Indigenous poet and campaigner Oodgeroo Noonuccal asked at the time of the Bicentennial, 'from the Aboriginal point of view, what is there to celebrate?'. In 1987, Oodgeroo returned her MBE in protest against the upcoming 1988 Bicentennial celebrations.

Related entries

Related Women

  • Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920 - 1993)

    Oodgeroo Nunuccal [Kath Walker] returned her MBE in protest against the upcoming Australian Bicentenary Celebrations

    Date: 1987 -

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Australian Bicentennial Authority - Heritage 200 entries, 1988, MS 7495; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Clare Land

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