About the Site

The Pilbara Aboriginal Strike is a collaboration between historian Bain Attwood at Monash University, historian Anne Scrimgeour, and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) at George Mason University. The project has been supported by the Australian Research Council.

We wish to thank Barbara Hale, Bruce Thomas, Chairperson of the Wangka Maya Language Centre, Lorraine Injie, Chairperson of IBN, and Mark Clendon for their various contributions, David Morgan for permission to use the image on the home page and header, and John and Katrin Wilson for permission to use their photographs.

About Us

Bain Attwood is Professor of History, Monash University. He is the author of several books, including The Making of the Aborigines, Rights for Aborigines, and Possession: Batman’s Treaty and the Matter of History.

Anne Scrimgeour is an independent historian who is currently researching the history of the Pilbara strike. She worked with Monty Hale to produce his bilingual autobiography Kurlumarniny: We Come from the Desert. Her book on the Pilbara strike will be published by Monash University Publishing in 2019.

RRCHNM- The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, with more than twenty years of experience in digital humanities and history education, has the proven ability to develop effective educational content, websites, interactive and mobile resources, and digital tools. RRCHNM is a democratic, collaborative space where scholars, developers, designers, and researchers work together to advance history and civics education and digital humanities. RRCHNM has partnered with schools, government agencies, museums, libraries, historic sites, and archives to create more than 100 free educational projects such as Teaching History, Eagle Eye Citizen, and The Amboyna Conspiracy Trial, as well as the open source tools Zotero and Omeka.

The RRCHNM team includes:

  • Dr. Kelly Schrum, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Project Director
  • Sara Collini, Project Manager
  • Chris Preperato, Senior Multimedia Developer
  • James McCartney, Senior Developer
  • Joo Ah Lee, Associate Developer
  • Greta Swain, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Big Yellow Taxi, Website Design


Documents are from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Library, National Archives of Australia, National Library of Australia, South Australian Museum, State Library of Victoria, State Library of Western Australia, State Records Office of Western Australia (SROWA), the University of Western Australia Library, the University of Sydney Archives, and the Weston Library, Oxford University. Originals should be consulted in these repositories.

Oral history recordings and photographs of Aboriginal people are reproduced with the permission of their family and community.

Further Reading
Max Brown, The Black Eureka, Australasian Book Society, Sydney, 1976.

Victoria Haskins and Anne Scrimgeour, “Strike Strike, We Strike”: Making Aboriginal Domestic Labor Visible in the Pilbara Pastoral Workers’ Strike, Western Australia, 1946-1952’, International Labor and Working Class History, vol. 88, 2015, pp. 87-108.

Michael Hess, ‘Black and Red: the Pilbara Pastoral Workers’ Strike 1946’, Aboriginal History, vol. 19, no. 1, 1994, pp. 65-83.

Anne Scrimgeour, ‘“We Only Want Our Rights and Freedom”: The Pilbara Pastoral Workers Strike 1946-49’, History Australia, vol. 11, no. 2, 2014, pp. 101-24.

Anne Scrimgeour, ‘“To Make it Brilliantly Apparent to the People of Australia”: The Pilbara Cooperative Movement and the Campaign for Aboriginal Civil Rights in the 1950s’, Journal of Australian Studies, vol. 40, no. 1, 2016, pp. 16-31.

Anne Scrimgeour, forthcoming monograph on the Pilbara strike, Monash University Publishing.

Donald Stuart, Yandy, Georgian House, Melbourne, 1959.

John Wilson, ‘Authority and Leadership in a “New Style” Aboriginal Community’, Masters thesis, University of Western Australia, 1961.


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