The Easel

‘Dollar Dave’ and the Reserve Bank: a tale of art, theft and human rights

A ghastly story from a different era. Australia redesigned its currency in 1966 and, on one banknote, incorporated aboriginal art. What followed is a woeful tale of the treatment that country accorded its indigenous people. The only positive to be noted is that, within months of the copyright “settlement”, a national referendum affirmed aboriginal political rights with an unprecedentedly large affirmative vote.