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You Are On Aboriginal Land

2008.0007.0001

You Are On Aboriginal Land

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Physical description

A white cotton short sleeved T-shirt with a printed design of an Aboriginal flag with the yellow outline of Uluru in the centre. There is red text at the top and black text below in Aboriginal language. In the black area of the flag is white text which reads "You Are On Aboriginal Land' and under the lower Aboriginal text reads "Commemorating the Hand Back of / Ayers Rock to Traditional Owners, 1985".

Statement of significance

The collection consists of a T-shirt that celebrates the 1985 hand-back of Uluru (Ayers Rock) to its traditional owners. This is an example of popular culture that celebrates the government decision to hand back Uluru and the subsequent joint management of the Uluru Park. The T-shirt was purchased by Brad Manera as an Uluru souvenir, and subsequently worn to show personal support for Indigenous Australians.

Recognised as a significant national icon by Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is also one of the few World Heritage properties listed for both its natural and cultural values. On 26 October 1985, Governor General Sir Ninian Stephens presented the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Title Deeds back to the traditional owners, the Anangu. The lands were leased back to the Australian Government in an effort to see the Anangu people and Parks Australia work together to jointly manage the park. The example of Uluru joint management marks a significant moment in the history of Aboriginal protest and land right struggles, and also an important example of continuing efforts for reconciliation.

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