Takeover (A)

Australia, 1979

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On 13th March, 1978 the Queensland government announced its intention to take over the management of the Aurukun Aboriginal Reserve from the Uniting Church. The people of Aurukun complained bitterly, believing that the Church was more sympathetic to their aims and fearing that the State was merely seeking easier access to the rich bauxite deposits on their Reserve. When the Federal Government took the side of the Aborigines the stage was set for national confrontation. Shows the situation at Aurukun during those crucial three weeks.



Judith MacDougall

David MacDougall

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Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies







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Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Civil rights

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Ethnic identity

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Government relations

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Land tenure

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Queensland

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Reserves

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Aurukun (Qld.)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Missionaries


Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Aboriginal Australians - Government relations

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Aboriginal Australians - Politics and government

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Aboriginal Australians - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Missionaries

History → Aboriginal Australians - History

History → History

History → Missionaries

Places → Aurukun (Qld.)




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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