Great Moments in Indigenous History

Have Faith in Nelson!

Nelson & Faith
Picture: Alan Pryke Courtesy of News Ltd.

In September 2000, at University of Sydney, two living legends in the form of Nelson Mandela and Faith Bandler crossed paths. Faith is renowned in Australia for her seminal involvement in the most successful referendum campaign in Australian history in 1967.

As the then long-standing general-secretary of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines & Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI), Faith was at the helm of the campaign for a "Yes" vote in the 1967 referndum. The result was the greatest "Yes" vote in any Australian referendum in history, when more than 92% of Australians voted in the affirmative.

Mr Mandela is pretty well known also.