Right Wrongs: ’67 Referendum – WA 50 years on

Fri 26 May 2017Sun 16 Jul 2017


WA Maritime Museum

On 27 May 1967, Australians recorded the largest ever ‘Yes’ vote in a referendum to change the constitution. After a decade of campaigning, the 'Right Wrongs, Write Yes' catch-cry led to a symbolic victory for political and social recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 50 years on, we are challenged to consider just how far we have come, and where we are going.

While there is much still to be done, the 1967 Referendum opened a doorway for change, and shone a spotlight on disadvantage and discrimination.

Through a unique partnership, Right Wrongs: '67 Referendum explores the significance of this anniversary within the complex history of the ongoing struggle for Aboriginal rights in Western Australia.

A major exhibition at the State Library of Western Australia reveals decades of activism through personal stories and powerful objects; satellite exhibitions at the Western Australian Museum's regional sites give local focus as members of the community reflect on the referendum and its meaning.

The WA Maritime Museum will be showcasing its community-focused exhibition until Sunday 16 July.

Right Wrongs: ’67 Referendum – WA 50 years on is proudly supported by the Australian Broadcasting Commission and the National Archives of Australia.


Online exhibition

The 1967 Referendum was a monumental moment in Australian history.
This complementary online exhibition contains information, photographs, videos and an educational toolkit.

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Right Wrongs: '67 Referendum
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Right Wrongs: '67 Referendum


This project is a partnership between the State Library of Western Australia, Western Australian Museum and Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

Right Wrongs: ’67 Referendum – WA 50 years on

WA Museum

Getting Here

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Victoria Quay,
Western Australia,

1300 134 081

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By Train
The WA Maritime Museum is located within walking distance of Fremantle Station visit the Transperth website for timetables.

By Bus
The WA Maritime Museum is serviced by the free Fremantle Cat Service, at stop 24. Visit the Transperth website for timetables and details.

By Car
Paid parking is available in the City of Fremantle car park just outside the WA Shipwrecks Museum. Additional paid parking is available in the Wilsons car park at the WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay which is a short walk from the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

By Ferry
Captain Cook Cruises offer a range of ferry services from Perth which stop nearby at B-Shed ferry terminal.

Comprehensive accessibility information about the WA Maritime Museum can be found on the Access WA website.