Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander events calendar

3Rs  events calendar provided by MATSITI Initiative.
Example content – feedback welcome on creating learning and teaching activities based on these events.

Oct
1
Sun
Bandenyirrin season – NW Northern Territory
Oct 1 – Dec 31 all-day

The Gadgerong people of the North West Northern Territory observe 3 seasons within their Monsoon Tropics climate. These seasons roughly correspond to the following Western calendar months:

Mayurr – January to March; Nguag/Gagulong – April to September; Bandenyirrin – October to December.

Source: Bureau of Meteorology website – http://www.bom.gov.au/iwk/climate_culture/Indig_seasons.shtml

Nov
1
Wed
Parra’dowee season – NE NSW Central East Coast
Nov 1 – Dec 31 all-day

The D’harawal people from the North Eastern NSW Central East Coast recognise six seasons. These seasons roughly correspond to the following Western calendar months:

Time of Burran – Gadalung Marool (hot and dry) – January to March; Time of Marrai’gangBana’murrai’yung (wet becoming cooler) – April to May; Time of BurruginTugarah Tuli (cold, frosty, short days) – June to July; Time of WiritjiribinTugarah Gunya’marri (cold and windy) – August; Time of NgoonungiMurrai’yunggory (cool, getting warmer) – September to October; Time of Parra’dowee – Goray’murrai (warm and wet) – November to December.

Source: Bureau of Meteorology website – http://www.bom.gov.au/iwk/dharawal/index.shtml

Dec
1
Fri
First Aboriginal Governor appointed
Dec 1 all-day

Sir Douglas “Doug” Nicholls, was a prominent Aboriginal Australian from the Yorta Yorta people. He was a professional athlete, Churches of Christ pastor and a pioneering campaigner for reconciliation.

Nicholls was the first Aboriginal person to be knighted and also the first appointed to vice-regal office, as Governor of South Australia on 1 December 1976.

For more information see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Nicholls

Dec
6
Wed
Anniversary of Aboriginal League protest against Nazi Germany
Dec 6 all-day

On 6 December 1938 Wallithica Elder William Cooper led a delegation of the Australian Aboriginal League to the German Consulate in Melbourne to deliver a petition which condemned the “cruel persecution of the Jewish people by the Nazi government of Germany.” The protest has been referred to as “the only private protest against the Germans following Kristallnacht.”

For more about William Cooper please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Cooper_%28Aboriginal_Australian%29

Dec
8
Fri
Term 4 Ends – Queensland
Dec 8 all-day
Dec
10
Sun
Human Rights Day
Dec 10 all-day
Dec
14
Thu
Term 4 Ends – Western Australia
Dec 14 all-day
Dec
15
Fri
Term 4 Ends – ACT, NSW, NT, SA
Dec 15 all-day
Dec
21
Thu
Term 4 Ends – Tasmania
Dec 21 all-day
Dec
22
Fri
Native Title Bill passed in the Senate in 1993
Dec 22 all-day