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Badge - White Australia has a Black History, Australia, 1988 Object Reg. No: HT 775

Summary:
Badge 'White Australia has a Black History, Don't Celebrate 1988' was produced as part of the campaign organised by Indigenous Australians in protest at the celebration of the bicentenary. Australia Day, January 26, was proclaimed a Day of Mourning in 1938 by Aborigines as a reaction to the Sesquicentenary celebrations. In 1988, the year of Australia's bicentenary, Indigenous peoples from across the nation converged on Sydney to protest the so-called "celebration of a nation". The long march for justice, freedom and hope protested the invasion of Australia and its re-enactment and celebration 200 years later.
Description:
This is a round plastic coated badge. It has a black, yellow and red background with black and white text. Two arms with shackles on the wrists are depicted, with the chain joining the shackles breaking in the middle. The pin attached to the back of the badge.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Department of Education Education History Unit, 2002
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 55 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Measured 2.10.08

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Tagged with: aboriginal issues, australian bicentenary 1788-1988, celebrations, indigenous peoples, t-shirts, indigenous issues, we will servive the white mans world
Themes this item is part of: Indigenous Protest, 1988 Australian Bicentenary, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021
Primary Classification: POLITICS & PUBLIC PROTEST
Secondary Classification: Indigenous Rights
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Text obverse: WHITE AUSTRALIA/ HAS A/ BLACK HISTORY/ DON'T/ CELEBRATE 1988
Manufacturer: Patrick Bros., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1988
Date Used: 1988
References: Foley, Gary. The Sydney Morning Herald and Representation of the 1988 Bicentennial, May 1997, http://www.kooriweb.org/foley/essays/essay_11.html, accessed 7 October 2004.

- The Age, 1987-1988.

- The Herald Sun, 1988.

- Thompson, John. White Australia has a Black History, presented at the Indigenous Research Ethics Conference, 27-29 September 1995, available from http://www.nla.gov.au/nla/staffpaper/thomp.html, accessed 25 September 2004.

- Tickner, Robert Taking a stand: land rights to reconciliation [electronic resource], (Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin January 2003), 33, available from http://cat.lib.unimelb.edu.au/search/atickner+robert/atickner+robert/-6,0,0,B/frameset&FF=atickner+r+e+robert+e&7,,7/indexsort=-, accessed 11 October 2004.

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