50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum

Lambert McBride's suitcase. Lambert McBride Collection, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

The 1967 Referendum changed the Australian constitution, with the record breaking ‘yes’ vote to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census for the first time. The referendum removed discriminatory clauses from the constitution of 1901, which stated that Indigenous peoples should be a state government responsibility. After the 1967 referendum Aboriginal people … Read more

Age of Consent

The Age of Consent came out on both sides of the Atlantic in the same year,  1938. At the time most books were published overseas and imported into Australia, which made Customs Department, with their total control over what came into the country, our main censor. It was a role they carried out with diligence … Read more

A home of your own

Members of the Rolley and Croker families cooling off on Christmas Day in Beaudesert, Queensland, 1972. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 27429-0001-0001

Guest blogger: Emeritus Professor Peter Spearritt, curator of Freedom Then, Freedom Now. Housing affordability is one of the great issues facing Australia today, with more and more households unable to afford to buy a home. There are many contributing factors to house prices. In the Freedom Then, Freedom Now exhibition we look at land subdivisions … Read more

The Cautious Amorist

The Cautious Amorist was banned in Australia from May 1933 to October 1953, with the authorities citing both indecency and blasphemy. A story of three men and a young woman cast away on a Pacific island, it explored “the effects of shipwreck on maidenly modesty, ministerial morals, and masculine rivalry” and the battle of the sexes which ensued – a battle … Read more