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Event Start
7th Aug 2013 at 9:00am
Event End
30th Nov -0001 at 12:00am
Event Location
Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, University of South Australia

The Task Force Story

Recalling 40 years of tertiary education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people


The Task Force was the first Indigenous tertiary educational institution in Australia and the precursor to the establishment of Indigenous centres at other Australian universities. The Task Force was established at the South Australian Institute of Technology in 1973 - a predecessor institution of the University of South Australia - and was so successful it attracted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from around the country. This led to the establishment of the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research at the University of South Australia, which has expanded and developed Indigenous education programs and represents excellence in Indigenous scholarship at the tertiary level in Australia today.

The Task Force Project has researched the history of the unit through archives and oral history interviews undertaken with those involved from the inception of the Task Force, and with former students. The exhibition draws on pictorial, archival and oral historical materials to present a fascinating account.

This exhibition is running until Wedneday 7 August 2013. For more information, visit the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery's website.