Showcasing Indigenous rights history at the Con


The Wave Hill 'walk off' commemorated at the Con this week

The Wave Hill ‘walk off’ is commemorated at the Conservatorium this week

If you go down to the Con today, you’re sure of a big surprise. And it’s not just today, it’s this entire week (29 August – 2 September 2016).

Queensland Conservatorium (QCGU), Griffith Library and the Griffith Archive have collaborated on a project to celebrate an important historic event.

The project is called From Little Things Big Things Grow: The 50th anniversary of the 1966 Indigenous walk-off protest at Wave Hill cattle station, NT.

It involves a week of activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the protest against poor work and pay conditions for Aboriginal people at Wave Hill.

Activities include an archival exhibition, immersive videos and music, as well as new compositions:

Archival exhibition in the Library

S01 Room 1.22
This display captures how the Wave Hill walk-off provided us with a rich history of reconciliation, respect, education and engagement with Australia’s First Peoples. Organised by Griffith Library and Griffith Archive.

Immersive videos and music

S01 Room 2.16
Organised by Griffith Library and QCGU Academic, Eve Newsome, this piece captures the journey of Indigenous rights and the cultural impact in image, music and understanding.

New compositions based on Wave-Hill-inspired indigenous artworks

S01 3.63
Friday 2 September (11:30am, 1pm and 1:30pm)
This piece inspires students to compose new works based on artworks created by Wave Hill ‘walk off’ participants. Organised by QCGU Academic, Gerardo Dirie in liaison with 2016 Wave Hill Freedom Day staff.

We encourage all Griffith staff and students to visit the Con this week to experience the Wave Hill ‘walk off’ commemoration.