Always Was, Always Will Be

Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson

Always Was, Always Will Be
Magabala Books
10 June 2024

Always Was, Always Will Be

Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson

‘Each protest has been a stepping stone to the next battle...’

From the very first protest of January 26th as a Day of Mourning in 1938, to the Pilbara Strike of 1946, to the struggle for the right to vote and be counted; the fight for justice for First Nations people takes many forms.

Always Was, Always Will Be takes a closer look at some of the iconic First Peoples protest movements of the last 200 years, celebrating the strength, wisdom, and bravery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people defending their land and asserting their right to self-determination through history.


Always Was, Always Will Be is an in-depth look at how Australia’s First Nations have never stopped fighting for their land, their rights and their voice. Starting from the arrival of the Europeans, Aunty Fay Muir details all the ways, big and small, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have stood up for themselves, from refusing to wear European clothing to learning to read and write so their voices would be heard (First Nations people learned quickly that while their culture had strong oral traditions, Europeans valued the written word), to organising nationwide campaigns during referendums.

Written in concise and clear language, Always Was, Always Will Be will fit perfectly next to Bruce Pascoe’s Young Dark Emu as a valuable resource for young (and old) Australians looking to understand the meaning behind those words seen on shirts, badges, bumper stickers, and sprayed on walls across the country: ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’.

For ages 7+.

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