Freedom Ride: Resources

Preparing to use this book in your classroom as an integrated studies unit? Need some resources and teaching ideas to get started? Read on..

Normally I would do a page of activities and resources for books shortlisted for Book Week but in the case of Sue Lawson's Freedom Ride there are many resources available so I have decided to include a page of online/digital resources as a separate post.

The majority of these resources are available for FREE.

Please remember that these resources, which included video footage, do contain images of deceased aborigines. Discretion is advised when considering the appropriateness of using the photographs and videos specifically in your classroom. I would recommend sending a note home advising of the content you will be covering.

Read about the author Sue Lawson and her other books over at her official website by clicking the banner above. Photograph sourced from her website.

ABC has an audio of an interview with Sue Lawson about the book. Click HERE to go and download it.

Walker Books have teaching notes available HERE.

Walker Books have made a video preview for the book. View it for free on YouTube.

Discovering Democracy Units already has a fantastic plan of lessons that incorporates the book and events that occurred available for FREE.

Australian Screen has a couple of videos shot during the 1965 Freedom Rides which include Charles Perkins from the program Blood Brothers. These are available to view for FREE online.


TROVE has FREE digitised newspaper coverage of the actual events as they happened in the 60s. I have linked direct to a couple below. A general search of "freedom rides" and narrowing the content to "Australian" and the 60s decade will give you a range of relevant results.

Students Ride to Tell of Aboriginal Misery

Freedom Riders Return

Aboriginal Leader: A Champion of Equality

Helping Aborigines this is an interesting read that appeared in Women's Weekly from a girl with "aboriginal blood".

At TROVE you can also search for photographs held at various libraries around Australia. The State Library of NSW has several photos available to view online of the Freedom Riders and where they visited.

At Moree 17-26 February 1965 ; photo 2

National Museum Australia has a biography and photo of Charles Perkins, a real life person who also appears in the book. 

Australian Biography has a transcript of an interview with Charles Perkins but sadly the video file appears to be corrupt. 

AIATSIS has a website with resources about the Freedom Ride and those who participated.  

Behind the News has a segment available on their website. 

YouTube has a few videos also available. I recommend viewing first as some content is covered in resources already mentioned above. Some of these are contemporary reports for the 50th Anniversary but contain some archive footage. Here are a few of them.

Charles Perkins
1965 Freedom Ride Awoke Nation to Racial Segregation of Aboriginal People

Living Black: Freedom Rides

For a contemporary music song about the event check out Troy Cassar-Daley's  Freedom Ride on YouTube.

1 comment

  1. Fine way of telling, and nice piece of writing to get facts about my presentation subject matter, which i am going to deliver in school.