Thursday, April 09, 2015

First Aboriginal protester...

Drawn to this korero of Anthony Fernando, first Aboriginal protester, who took his People's fight to the Mother Country, at one point standing for three years outside Australia House in Britain wearing a coat with wee skeletons pinned to it. Brother got arrested...

Painting of Fernando in the National Museum of Australia, by Raj Nagi

A researcher, Fiona Paisley, has found three small notebooks in which Fernando recorded his experiences and impressions.

Fernando got arrested outside the Vatican too, and continued to travel around Europe publicising how Britain took what wasn't her's and brutally suppressed First Australians as part of the ugly Imperial venture...

The notebooks are being digitised. A book by Paisley, 'The Lone Protester', is available through Aboriginal Studies Press.


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