Living Black

Living Black

June 27, 2018
NITV  |  June 27, 2018

Men punished for waving to their wives, streets reserved for white people only, and a bell to dictate roll calls and curfew; it has the hallmarks of American slavery, but this was the reality for one Australian community in the mid-20th-century. The year 2018 marks 100 years since Palm Island was established as one of Australia's harshest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander settlements. In its centenary year, how has the community coped with its brutal past? And what do the next hundred years look like?

Men punished for waving to their wives, streets reserved for white people only, and a bell to dictate roll calls and curfew; it has the hallmarks of American slavery, but this was the reality for one Australian community in the mid-20th-century. The year 2018 marks 100 years since Palm Island was established as one of Australia's harshest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander settlements. In its centenary year, how has the community coped with its brutal past? And what do the next hundred years look like?

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