Human rights histories

Brief histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Queensland

A sculpture memorialising Aboriginal people who have been massacred in Queensland, and a picture of the beach at Mer which was the subject of the Mabo native title claim.

Under the direction of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Unit Coordinator, Ms Liz Bond,the Commission has produced two resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

These resources provide the ordinary reader with an easy-to-read, illustrated, chronology of the major post-colonial events that have affected the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people up to the present day.

Appendixes listing all Reserves, successful native title claims, and a comprehensive reading lists will assist the interested reader with further research.

The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland has produced these brief histories to:

  • inform the reader about the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • acknowledge the colonial and post-colonial history, and that certain events took place; and
  • acknowledge breaches of human rights experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.