- Social action organisation
The One People of Australia League (OPAL) was established in 1961 as an Aboriginal advancement organisation based in Queensland. The OPAL Centre opened in Brisbane in 1971, providing social activities and support as well as publishing a quarterly journal (1966 - 1975).
OPAL's early membership was predominantly mainstream and Christian and its goals were 'assimilationist.' However, these goals were modified in 1975, moving away from assimilation to a focus on fostering 'cooperation' between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.
Source: Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia.
Sources used to compile this entry: Darling, Elaine, 'They spoke out pretty good: the leadership of women in the Brisbane Aboriginal rights movement, 1958/ 1962', Melbourne Historical Journal, vol. 24, 1996, pp. (87)-103.