Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Mount Sion iCentre: Events that Shaped a Nation

Junior School Library Services Home

People Power

"Protest helped to win the eight hour working day, to protect the Franklin and the Daintree and advance Aboriginal land rights. Protest helped to secure women’s right to vote, to stop our involvement in the Vietnam War and end the criminalisation of homosexuality. Protest continues to play a key role in highlighting the cruelty of our refugee policies, in protecting workers’ rights, in stopping coal seam gas exploration and so much more." de Krester, H 2019. "Australia has a long history of protests. Our rights should be better protected" The Guardian

Mabo Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Title

Koiki on Mer

Koiki Mabo on Mer Island
© The Age 

Eddie Koiki Mabo (known as Koiki) is remembered for his commitment and tireless effort to educate others about the rights and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Koiki famously challenged the Australian legal system and won his people’s case for land ownership. The Mabo case (1992) was one of the most significant turning points for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the fight for native title.


'Talking stick: Native Title' ABC 2010

Miriam Corowa is joined by Graeme Neate, President of the national native title tribunal, Monica Morgan, Yorta Yorta spokeswoman and elder, Yorta Yorta nation and Kim Hill, Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Land Council

AUSTLII  is a searchable legal database that provides text of legislation (eg. Native Title Act, 1993) and court rulings (Wik and Mabo)


APO (Analysis and Policy Observatory) Native Title Research Unit 

AIATSIS Research Publications

AnTAR, Native Title and Land Rights

Federal Court of Australia. Native Title Infobase. Database with indexed articles, books and book chapters related to Native Title. Some available online.

Human Rights Commission. Native Title Reports. Annual summary of Native Title issues.

Mabo vs Queensland the High Court decision

Mabo: Native Title. Hannah Duncan, taken from Right Wrongs website.

National Native Title Tribunal is an independent body set up under the Native Title Act 1993 to facilitate native title outcomes.

South Australian Native Title Service

8 Hour Day

A colour-tinted drawing of a parade watched by crowds of people.

1967 Referendum

Referendum poster

Freedom Riders Australia

Freedom Riders in Australia

Freedom Ride

50 years on from the historic Freedom Ride through regional New South Wales - the civil rights protesters have received a very different welcome. 


File:Student Action for Aborigines bus outside the Hotel Bogabilla in February 1965.jpg

Student Action for Aborigines bus ouside the Hotel Bogabilla in February 1965

By State Library of New South Wales from Australia [No restrictions or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders in the US

Freedom Riders were groups of white and African American civil rights activists who participated in Freedom Rides, bus trips through the American South in 1961 to protest segregated bus terminals.


In the spring of 1961, black and white civil rights activists rode buses to protest the segregationist policies of the Deep South (Marian Holmes, Brian Wolly, Photos courtesy of Corbis, Getty Images and Library of Congress, Audio clips courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways).

In response to the South's continued practice of segregation, a group of activists from all backgrounds and races rode interstate buses into the deep South. Met by violence and opposition, the Freedom Riders displayed true acts of courage as they peacefully sought to end segregation in the South and achieve civil rights for all people.

Books in our Library



With fewer freedoms and rights than men, in 1900 women were second-class citizens in Britain.

Women had argued for – and won – new rights in the 19th Century. However, without the vote campaigners thought there was little incentive for politicians to improve the lot of women further. They believed MPs only cared about issues that affected the men who were able to vote for them.

The campaign for women's suffrage - the right to vote in elections - involved both moderates and militants. At first they worked well together to reinforce each other but as suffragette actions became more extreme some observers thought they might derail the campaign.

Militant suffragettes forced the public to think about votes for women. But their violent actions were used by opponents to justify withholding votes from women.


Click on the picture to see interviews from the most prominent women in the UK suffragette movement

Emmaline Pankhurst and the Suffragettes


Australian Suffragettes



Equal Pay for Women