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Naa muru gurung : to see a path for children.

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Record Number 19491
Location 305.89 DVD
Title Naa muru gurung : to see a path for children.
Published Sydney : NSW Teachers Federation and Matilda Films, ©2018.
Collation 1 DVD-video (75 minutes) : sound, colour ; 12 cm.
Content types two-dimensional moving image
Carrier type videodisc
General Note Catalogued from container.
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following program contains images and voices of deceased persons.
On container: The inspiring story of Aboriginal teachers and their union.
Naa muru gurung Aboriginal documentary was commissioned by the NSW Teachers Federation to mark the centenary of the foundation of the NSW Teachers Federation in 1918.
At 3.00 mins. James Fletcher, historian: Public Instruction Act 1880, all children, including Aboriginal children, were expected to attend school. Aboriginal parents tried to enrol their children at school. However, Department of Education had a policy of “clean, clad, courteous”, if one white parent objected to attendance of Aboriginal children at the school, they were excluded. Later called Exclusion on Demand Policy.
At 5.34 mins. James Fletcher, historian: In 1924, Ebenezer Dash, President of NSWTF 1920-1922 and 1924, arrived at Huskisson to see a colleague who raised issue of Aboriginal enrolment, and Dash suggested a separate room, he spoke to Department of Education head [Stephen Smith], and put the proposition to him. The answer was that the Department would not provide a separate room, but would integrate Aboriginal children into the white population of the school, if parents don’t object. Parents did object. Parents of Aboriginal children wrote to the authorities seeking for their children to be admitted to the school, without success.
At 7.59 mins. Ebenezer Dash’s holiday discovery saw the beginnings of change to the thinking of the Federation. 34 years later in 1958, the NSW Teachers Federation put out an Education Policy stating that all Aboriginal Children should be included in public schools.
The documentary is available to subscribers of ClickView.
Creation/Production Credits Note Narrator Luke Carroll ; Music by John Roy ; Camera Benjamin Cunningham and Simon Smith ; Editors Julie Bechu and Tristan Beacroft ; Director Gillian Moody ; Producer Xanon Murphy ; Associate Producer Charline Emzin-Boyd ; Executive Producers Paddy Gorman and Piers Grove.
Participant Note Maurie Mulheron, President, NSWTF; Waine Donovan, former Teacher and NSWTF Officer ; Sue French, former Principal and Life Member, NSWTF ; James Fletcher, Historian and Author of Clean, clad and courteous ; Glen Cook, former Principal Cabbage Tree Island Public School ; Nancy Penfold, Teacher Marrickville West Public School, and Melinda Fowler, Nancy's mother ; Barbara Cutmore, Teacher Moree East Public School ; Fred Moore, foundation member Aboriginal Advancement League ; Vic Chapman, first Aboriginal Principal in NSW 1975-1990 ; Charles Perkins, Aboriginal activist (historical video) ; Faith Bandler, NSW campaign director, constitutional referundum 1967 (historical video); John Hennessy, former General Secretary NSWTF ; Linda Burney, MP and first Aboriginal woman elected to Federal Parliament ; Kevin Tory, former DirectorTrade Union Committee for Aboriginal Rights ; Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation, and former President Australian Education Union and Australian Council of Trade Unions ; Charline Emzin-Boyd, Aboriginal Education Coordinator NSWTF ; Rebecca Sheerin, Teacher Curl Curl Public School ; Peter Wilson, former Deputy Secretary, NSWTF ; Peter Johnson, former Principal, NSW Department of Education ; Bradley Hansen, Teacher Alexandria Park Community School ; Joy Smith, Teacher Alexandria Park Community School ; Nathan Towney, Newcastle High School ; Rose Pengelly, Teacher Kulnura Public School ; Reuben Kelly-Barker, School Learning Support Office, Bourke High School ; Joan Dickson, Senior Leader Community Engagement, Bourke High School ; Steve Collins, Principal Kulnura Public School ; Shanene Phillips, former Relieving Principal, Cabbage Tree Island Public School ; Kylie Pennell, Principal Bourke Public School ; Belinda Wright, Aboriginal Education Officer, Newcastle High School ; Leon Brown, founder Guramaa Global Indigenous Corporation.
Summary Note “This inspiring film celebrates the courage and resilience of those who for over a century, have fought for the right of Aboriginal children to public education. It traces the journey from when discrimination, prejudice and outright racism deprived Aboriginal children of the right to learn. It highlights the pioneers whose courage, conviction and determination is contributing to a more equal and richer public education system to the benefit of all. It is a story of the remarkable recent rise of Aboriginal teachers and the community they inspire - the students they nurture and support in our public education system, the culture they share and the positive impact they make to a more inclusive and fairer Australian society. The stories in the film are told with compelling honesty that recall the grave injustices and enormous challenges that Aboriginal people have confronted to provide a better future for no only their children and descendants but for all Australians too." -- Container.
Establishment of Aboriginal Members Committee within NSWTF ; 1986 NSWTF Council resolved to appoint an Aboriginal Education Co-ordinator, the first position of its kind in Australia, Tony Amatto elected; Aboriginal representation on NSWTF Executive ; Aboriginal Education Policy implemented in NSW public schools ; Paul Keating, Prime Minister of Australia, Redfern speech ; Review of Aboriginal Education in NSW 2004 ; First Welcome to Country in NSW Parliament in 2008.
Target Audience Exempt from classification. For educational use.
System Details Note DVD video ; PAL ; aspect ratio 16:9.
Language Note In English.
Topical Term Aboriginal Australians -- Education
Added Corporate Name Matilda Films (production company).
NSW Teachers Federation
Internet Site ClickView subscriber access
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