Reflecting on Reflections

Written by Kaylah Tyson

There was loud laughter coming from the Loris Williams Room last Saturday as former Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA) students drop in to kuril dhagun for a small reunion.

The meeting was with students involved in the 2007 Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) theatre production ‘Reflections : Referendum 40 years and to the future’. Written by the students under the Artistic Direction of Leah Purcell this sell-out show was reprised the next year to the same success. It was a creative response to the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum; the historic event which saw a record breaking ‘Yes’ vote in favour of amending two sections of the Australian Constitution that highly affected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.



Eliah Watego, Kaylah Tyson, Lockie Madden, Marion Knox, Violet Love, Caleb Stanley. (L-R)





Fast forward 10 years, on the 27 May 2017 it will be the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, as well as ACPA’s 20th year of operation. To celebrate these milestones, kuril dhagun will be creating an exhibition. It will provide insights into each of the the creative responses that created the show, memories from the cast about the development process, historical research and performances, as well as how the experience impacted their understanding of the campaign to be counted and other issues and freedoms impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

This was the first get together of many as we prepare for the upcoming exhibition to be showcased in kuril dhagun from May 2017, aptly named Don’t just count us, Let us count!

If you are someone that was a part of the cast and crew of ‘Reflections : Referendum 40 years and to the future and would like to be involved in the exhibition, please contact: