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  1. Dr Aunty Ruby Langford Ginibi dies. She was one of Australia’s foremost Aboriginal authors and wrote numerous books, short stories and poetry. Her trademark term was ‘edu-ma-cating’ non-Aboriginal people about Aboriginal peoples’ circumstances and struggle. Aboriginal books

  2. A didgeridoo player sits on red earth wearing a red head band and red short pants.
    An identical stamp was issued in Korea to celebrate the relationship with Australia.

    Australia Post issues a stamp showing an Aboriginal didgeridoo player for the 50th anniversary of the Australian–Korean relationship which was forged during the Korean War. Official diplomatic relations begun in 1961 and developed into a strong partnership. The other stamp shows a Haegeum musician.


  1. Veteran Aboriginal country musician Jimmy Little, dies after a long illness, aged 75, at his home in Dubbo in western NSW.

  2. The Australian Ballet announces that with Ella Havelka, a descendant of the Wiradjuri people, for the first time in its 50-year history, an Aboriginal dancer joins the ranks of the national ballet company.

  3. Yothu Yindi is inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Music Awards.

  4. In an historic day for Australia, SBS begins broadcasting nationally a dedicated Aboriginal TV service available free-to-air for the first time. The new channel incorporates NITV (National Indigenous Television) on SBS4 (digital channel 34) and starts at 12pm on 12/12/2012.


  1. Singer Jessica Mauboy wins the prestigious ARIA Award for best female artist.

  2. Yothu Yindi lead singer Yunupingu dies of kidney disease at his home in Yirrkala in Eastern Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, aged 56.

  3. The Musée du Quai Branly (MQB) in Paris unveils the largest Australian Aboriginal public artwork in the world on its roof, a detail of Lena Nyadbi’s painting Dayiwul Lirlmim (Scales of the Barramundi). The permanent artwork is only viewable from atop the Eiffel Tower.

  4. Australia Post honours five “eminent” Aboriginal people in a stamp issue: Shirley Smith AM, Neville Bonner AO, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Eddie “Koiki” Mabo and Charles Perkins AO.

    A set of five stamps showing the headshots of Aboriginal leaders.
    All of these Aboriginal leaders have passed – be mindful of that when showing them to Aboriginal people.
  5. Tiwi Islander Rob Collins wins the role of the kind-hearted leader Mufasa in the Disney musical The Lion King.


  1. Actress Rosalie Kunoth-Monks is named the NT Australian of the Year for 2015. She played the lead role in the film Jedda in 1953 at age 17.

  2. The late Dr Yunupingu from Aboriginal band Yothu Yindi posthumously receives the Companion of the Order of Australia, one of Australia’s highest honours. The award recognises the highest degree of service to humanity.

  3. Sydney artist Daniel Boyd becomes the first Aboriginal man to win the Bulgari Art Award, one of Australia’s most esteemed contemporary art prizes, for his work Untitled 2014.

  4. The inaugural Australian Indigenous Fashion Week (AIFW) is held in Sydney, showcasing Aboriginal fashion, textiles and accessories from across Australia.

  5. Jack Charles becomes the first Aboriginal person to win a lifetime achievement award at the Victorian Green Room Awards for the show Jack Charles v the Crown.

  6. Aboriginal singer Jessica Mauboy performs as a guest singer at the 59th Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, becoming the first guest singer from a non-European Union country.

  7. A fifty cents coin showing the logo of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.
    A small number of coins (about 30,000) show the AIATSIS logo in colour.

    The Royal Australian Mint issues a 50 cent coin commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). The coin shows the AIATSIS logo, derived from the boomerang totem of the Gu:na:ni (Kunjen) people from the Mitchell River region, Gulf of Carpentaria, North Queensland. The design illustrates the symmetrical style of north-eastern Queensland art, and utilises rich colours used in Aboriginal works of art. A small number of coins shows this logo in colour.


  1. Yaegl woman Pauline Clague wins the 2015 Stanley Hawes Award for her extensive work in championing and producing the works of Australia’s emerging and Aboriginal filmmakers. Pauline was the Aboriginal training officer at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School from 2009 to 2013, developing more than 35 courses around Australia and training 650 Aboriginal people.


  1. Evonne Goolagong-Cawley in a scene on the tennis court.
    Tennis legend Evonne Goolagong-Cawley was the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon in 1971.

    One stamp of Australia Post's Australian Legends of Singles Tennis issue features Wiradjuri woman Evonne Goolagong Cawley AO MBE. She won four Australian Open singles between 1974 and 1977 and Wimbledon in 1971 and 1980. When she finished her career in the mid-1980s she had seven Grand Slam singles titles from 18 finals, and 13 major titles in all.

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Korff, J 2024, Aboriginal timeline: Arts, <https://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/history/australian-aboriginal-history-timeline/arts?page=4&%27>, retrieved 14 June 2024

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