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Right Wrongs: ’67 Referendum – the WA Story

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On 27 May 1967, Australians recorded the largest ever ‘Yes’ vote in a referendum to change the constitution. After a decade of campaigning, the 'Right Wrongs, Write Yes' catch-cry led to a symbolic victory for political and social recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 50 years on, we are challenged to consider just how far we have come, and where we are going. Through a unique partnership, Right Wrongs: '67 Referendum explores the significance of this anniversary within the complex history of the ongoing struggle for Aboriginal rights in Western Australia. A major exhibition at the State Library of Western Australia reveals decades of activism through personal stories and powerful objects; satellite displays at the Western Australian Museum's regional sites give local focus as members of the community reflect on the referendum and its meaning; and an educational toolkit developed by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs delves into the archives to present unique and insightful analysis coupled with moving community response. While there is much still to be done, the 1967 Referendum opened a doorway for change, and shone a spotlight on disadvantage and discrimination. Exhibition locations Check the website for opening hours museum.wa.gov.au/RightWrongsWA Right Wrongs: ’67 Referendum – the WA Story State Library of Western Australia Perth Cultural Centre Saturday 27 May – Sunday 3 September Right Wrongs: ’67 Referendum – WA 50 years on WA Maritime Museum Victoria Quay, Fremantle Friday 26 May – Sunday 16 July Museum of Geraldton 2 Museum Place Sunday 28 May – Sunday 3 September Museum of the Goldfields 17 Hannan Street, Kalgoorlie Sunday 28 May – Friday 1 September Museum of the Great Southern Residency Road, Albany Sunday 28 May – Friday 30 June Right Wrongs: ’67 Referendum – WA 50 years on is proudly supported by the Australian Broadcasting Commission and the National Archives of Australia. #RightWrongsWA A free exhibition This project is a partnership between the State Library of Western Australia, Western Australian Museum and Department of Aboriginal Affairs.


Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, September 03, 2017


State Library of Western Australia
25 Francis Street
Perth WA 6000, Western Australia


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