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Aboriginal Land Rights, Tasmania

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Yellow polyester cotton t-shirt with "Aboriginal Land Rights" and a map of Tasmania printed on its front surface.

Statement of significance

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre No 1 collection consists of three t-shirts. A yellow t-shirt has a map of Tasmania with ?ABORIGINAL LAND RIGHTS? printed on the front surface. A white t-shirt has the slogan "I / STAND / ON MY / LAND" printed on the front in black. The slogan of an Aboriginal boy wearing a cap and holding a football is superimposed on a black and white photographic image in the shape of Tasmania. A red polyester cotton t-shirt has "TASSIE / KOORIES / ARE OK / BY ME!" printed on the front with a photographic image of a group of Aboriginal people including a woman and five children.

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC), established in 1973, formerly the Tasmanian Aboriginal Information Service, commenced to petition the Tasmanian Parliament in 1977 with what became known as the Aboriginal Land Claim. The t-shirts in this collection are associated with the land claim petition and were purchased in 1990 for inclusion in the NHC. The timing of their purchase also coincided with the establishment of the Aboriginal Provisional Government, an organisation which seeks sovereignty, land rights and self-determination for all Aboriginal Australians. In 1995, following years of lobbying by the Aboriginal community, the Tasmanian government passed the Aboriginal Lands Act, which acknowledged the dispossession of, and sought reconciliation with, Tasmanian Aboriginal People, by returning twelve parcels of land of ?historic and cultural significance?. The Act provided for an elected Aboriginal Land Council to own and sustainably manage these lands. Aboriginal activist Michael Mansell later pointed out that the land returned comprised under 0.001 percent of Tasmania.

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