The timeline adds information to what is contained in the book and is available on the website, but in the main, doesn't repeat it. Note that some of the pre-contact information is debated by academics and subject to revision as new technology and knowledge becomes available. The abbreviation BP means Before Present.
At Myall Creek near Inverell in NSW, twenty-eight Aboriginal people are shot by twelve non-Aboriginal men. Seven of the murderers are hung in December and there is public outrage that European men should be convicted for the murder of Aboriginal Australians.
The Aboriginal Land Fund Commission is established to buy land for Aboriginal groups across Australia.
The Senate unanimously pass a resolution put by Senator Bonner which acknowledges prior Indigenous ownership of Australia, and provides compensation for dispossession of land.
The Racial Discrimination Act is passed by the Whitlam Government. It overrides state and territory legislation and makes racial discrimination unlawful.
The National Federation of Land Councils is formed, giving a national voice to the land rights movement.
The Western Australian Government introduces a land rights bill but it is defeated in the Upper House.
Prime Minister Hawke responds favourably to the suggestion of a treaty with Indigenous people, but this is never realised.
The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, moves a motion in federal parliament of Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples with specific reference to the Stolen Generations.
A High Court decision, known as the Blue Mud Bay decision, gives traditional owners native title rights over the inter-tidal zone of Blue Mud Bay rights along the coastline of northeast Arnhem Land.
Noongar man Ken Wyatt becomes the first Indigenous member of the House of Representatives in the federal parliament.
The first board of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, a representative body advocating for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rights, is appointed and the company becomes incorporated.
The Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians presents its report Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution to the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. In its Report, the Panel unanimously endorsed a specific proposal to amend the Constitution.