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Sapphires Movie Trailer


7.30 Report: Interview with Laurel Robinson & Tony Briggs


The Stolen Generation

The Reconciliation Network has an excellent factsheet about the Stolen Generation with a number of useful links.

Stolen Generation Testimonies website has 45 testimonies from Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families.

The Australian Government 'Sorry Day and the Stolen Generations' website has an overview of the 'Bringing Them Home' Report(May 1997), the Stolen Generations and the first 'Sorry Day'(26th of May 1998). There are also a number of other useful links and first person accounts. 

This short clip from the TV documentary the 'First Australians' gives an insight into the impact of government policies and Indigenous communities. (Stolen Generations - First Australians from Blackfella Films on Vimeo)

Who were the real 'Sapphires'

The real 'Sapphires': Lois Peeler, Naomi Mayers, Laurel Robinson, Beverly Briggs

The Sapphires feature film is inspired by a true story about four extraordinary Aboriginal women, sisters Laurel Robinson, Lois Peeler and their cousins Beverley Briggs and Naomi Mayers. Yorta Yorta women born along the Murray River, they were part of an extended family of brothers and sisters who regularly sang together during the 1960's and 70's. Sisters Laurel and Lois toured Vietnam in the late 1960's singing to the American troops -­ an extraordinary achievement for two young Aboriginal women, considering that Aboriginal people had just received the right to vote. All four women still live in Australia. Naomi Mayers has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Medical Service for 30 years. Beverly and Laurel have tirelessly worked by her side striving to improve the health of the Aboriginal community. Naomi received an Order of Australia Medal in 1984. Lois Peeler became Australia's first Aboriginal model and is now the Executive Director of Worawa Aboriginal College, a secondary education facility for young Aboriginal Women, founded by one of her seven sisters the late Hyllus Maris. Lois is also the former head of Aboriginal Tourism Australia.

Source: Hopscotch films, "The Real Sapphires,", accessed 8/8/2013


More infromation about the real Sapphires can be found at the following links: 


Today Tonight: The Real Sapphires

Struggle for Justice

The ABC Mission Voices website 'Struggle for Justice', provides a short outline of some of the main events in the movement towards equal rights for Indigenous Australians and recognition of their culture.

The Collaborating for Indigenous Rights, 1957-1973 created by the National Museum of Australia looks at the movements towards civil rights and land rights for Indigenous Australians.

  • The Fights for Civil Rights
    This section of the website looks at civil rights activism by Indigenous Australians from the 1950s onwards.
  • The fight for Land Rights
    This section of the website looks at some of the major movements in the traditional ownership of land being recognised by the government.

Movie Reviews

Who is Tony Briggs?

The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War was the longest serving conflict that Australian Armed Forces have been involved in.

Further information about the war and Australia's involvement can be found at the links below.

Cummeragunja Mission


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