Australia’s 1967 Referendum on Indigenous citizenship: in living memory

Real reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians must be built on a foundation of truth telling. It’s not the first time someone has expressed that sentiment but given the lack of progress in Australia, it won’t be the last.

As part of my work with Barnardos Australia I spoke with two Senior Aboriginal Advisors, Vivianne Freeman and Raylene Popovich about their experience of the ’67 referendum and the stolen generation. I’m really grateful to both these women for sharing their personal stories on the eve of the anniversaries of the ’67 referendum and the release of the “Bringing them Home” report. I regret these aren’t my finest examples of visual production but I believe it is important we share these extraordinary stories.

While Raylene was a young child when the referendum was held. She wasn’t born as an Australian citizen. She speaks about the effect this had on her identity as an Aboriginal Australian.

Vivianne Freeman is a proud Wiradjuri woman. Here she shares her family’s extraordinary story of their escape from the Brungle Aboriginal mission in NSW.


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