In the Library
The Library holds Australian and overseas newspapers in hardcopy and microfilm. Refer to the Library's Newspapers research guide for an explanation on finding, accessing and copying newspapers in the Library's collection.
The Library holds the following press clippings relating to Aboriginal Australians which cover the period of the 1967 Referendum. Not all articles contained with a press clippings file will relate specifically to the 1967 Referendum. Use our Ask a Librarian service to enquire about the contents of the Library's press clipping folders.
Aboriginal Australians - Population 1935-1987
This folder contains articles regarding population counts of Aboriginal people taken as part of various censuses, including earlier reports of population counts prior to 1967.
Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders 1967-1978.
The Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement was formed in Adelaide in February 1958. In 1964, upon request, Torres Strait Islanders were included in the title of the organisation 1967 1978.
Aboriginal Advancement League 1964-1973.
Established in 1957, also known as the Aborigines Advancement League, it is primarily concerned with Aboriginal welfare issues and the preservation of Aboriginal culture and heritage.The League drew from two already existing organisations, the Australian Aborigines League, established 1934 and the Save the Aborigines Committee, which had been established in 1955 as a response to the Warburton Ranges crisis.
Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies 1964-1985.
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies was established in June 1964. The Institute was replaced by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies in March 1990.
There are very few newspaper archives covering the period of the 1967 referendum that are searchable online due to copyright (read more about this on the Library's Trove newspapers page). Limited newspapers covering the period of 1967 are available online via Trove and through the Library's eResources, and via the Google News Archive.
The Library subscribes to a limited number of newspaper archives, available via the Library's eResources, which provide coverage for the period of the 1967 Referendum.
Sydney Morning Herald Archives 1955-1995
The Sydney Morning Herald Archives 1955-1995 is available online via the Library's eResources.
Find newspaper articles about the 1967 Referendum published in overseas newspapers via our eResources. Select overseas newspaper archives which the Library subscribes to include:
- The Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003
- The Sunday Times Digital Archive 1822-2006
- The telegraph historical archive 1855-2000
- The Times Digital Archive 1785-2011
Browse further overseas newspaper databases via our eResources.
Newspapers on Trove
A number of in-copyright newspapers published after 1954 are available on Trove, including the Canberra Times (see the Trove forum for more information), the Australian Women’s Weekly, Woroni and the Chaser.
You can search Trove for articles relating to the 1967 Referendum by searching Trove's digitised newspapers using the keyword "1967 referendum". You will be given the option to limit your search to articles containing the word "referendum" published in 1967.
N.B. Newspapers published after 1954 are in copyright, you will need to obtain permission from the publisher should you wish to republish these articles.
The Age online via the Google News Archive
Issues of the Age, from 1850 through to 1985, are freely available online via the Google News Archive. Click here to browse past issues of the Age.