Activist in Referendum showcase

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

The life of an Aboriginal activist and women’s rights champion from the Pilbara has been put on display at the State Library of Western Australia as part of an exhibition remembering the 1967 Referendum.

The Right Wrongs: 1967 Referendum — The WA Story showcases perspectives of indigenous West Australians on the event.

Among the stories is the work and efforts of Pilbara activist Daisy Bindi.

Ms Bindi was an important community leader during the Pilbara Strike and subsequent Aboriginal mining co-operative ventures.

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Born on a cattle station near the Jigalong Aboriginal community in 1904, Ms Bindi highlighted the work Aboriginal women could do to bring about change.

A fluent and lively speaker, she led walk-off’s from Roy Hill Station in protest of the conditions under which Aboriginal people, especially women, were forced to work.

The exhibition will also showcase other significant people and events that surrounded the 1967 Referendum.

It will be on display at the State Library until Sunday, September 3.

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