Aboriginal Advancement League

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The Aboriginal Advancement League , also known as the Aboriginal Advancement League (AAL), is a political organization of the Aborigines in Australia . It deals with the welfare and protection of the culture and preservation of important places of the Aborigines who are around Melbourne .


The League was founded in 1957 by Charles McLean in support of the Aborigines in Victoria . McLean criticized the circumstances in the reservations and mission stations at Lake Tyers and in Framlingham, Victoria . McLean suggested that appropriate Aboriginal and European people should go to the reservations to clear up the grievances. The Aborigines at Lake Tyers accepted this proposal and the AAL stopped their campaign.

This newly founded organization referred to the Australian Aborigines League , founded in 1934 , which had disbanded due to persecution by the police and the Aboriginal Protection Board , and to the Save the Aborigines Committee , which was founded in 1955 in response to the crisis in the Warburton Ranges . The League's first president was Gordon Bryant with Doris Blackburn as vice president, Stan Davey as secretary, and Douglas Nicholls as first officer.

Early activity centered on the 1967 referendum to amend the Constitution of Australia to allow Australian governments to address Aboriginal affairs and legal defenses for Aboriginal people such as Albert Namatjira , who advocated the distribution of liquor had made other Aborigines punishable at all.

From 1967 the AAL was led by Bill Onus as president.

Today's activities

The League supports the Koori Aborigines with family and support for food, home visits, legal aid, develops counseling and training programs, supports drug and alcohol addiction counseling and provides support for funerals.

The AAL was also a cultural association that provides information and speakers for schools.

Headquarters and receipt of seats

In 1999, the Victoria Government paid $ 2,790,000 to renovate the League's headquarters on Watt Street in Northcote . She supported the community in building a museum and in maintaining places of historical, cultural and spiritual importance for the Aborigines.

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Smoke Signals. Victorian Aboriginal Advancement League. The National Museum of Australia, 2007, archived from the original on January 21, 2008 ; accessed on October 9, 2013 .
  2. Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements Project , accessed June 13, 2009
  3. ^ Australian Aboriginal League - Institution - Reason in Revolt , accessed June 13, 2009
  4. ^ Onus, William Townsend (Bill) (1906–1968) Biographical Entry - Australian Dictionary of Biography Online , accessed June 13, 2009
  5. ourcommunity.com.au - Directory of Organizations ( Memento September 3, 2007 in the Internet Archive ), accessed June 13, 2009
  6. ^ Minister opens refurbished Aboriginal Advancement League , accessed June 13, 2009