40 Years Strong

Four Decades Since the Black Theatre in Redfern

In October 1977, more than 200 Land Rights legends met at the Black Theatre in Redfern to demand the power to control our land, make our own decisions and elect our own leaders.

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council was formed, and six years later, in 1983, the NSW Parliament passed Land Rights legislation that everyone in NSW can be proud of.

Rally NSW Parliament 2014. Image: OurMob

“On 29 September 2017 we’re celebrating a 40-year success story that contributes to the cultural, social and economic life of New South Wales,” NSWALC Chair Roy Ah-See said.

40 Years Strong: Our Land Council Our Mob Our Future will be held at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour.

The Gala Ball will pay tribute to the Land Rights legends from that original historic meeting.

It will also feature entertainment from Coloured Stone, Emma Donovan and Isaiah Firebrace, as well as deadly food, family, friends and fun!

Celebrating 40 Years of Land Rights in NSW


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  1. I am a member of Reconciliation for Western Sydney which has for 20 years held seminars to promote Aboriginal aspirations. On 15 November we are having a special end-of-year event where we have invited Aboriginal dancers and speakers with the emphasis on what the land means to Aboriginal people. I also happen to have known Ossie Cruse for many years. To help us with this event I have maps from the NNTT showing current (2017) Native title areas as well as a map of the SA Land Rights area. I have tried to find a map on the web showing land Rights areas in NSW since the 1983 Act but have been unsuccessful. I’d be grateful is you could provide such a map. If you wish to check on my bona fides you could ring our secretary, Lyn Leerson on 9639 8394.

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