Australian Aboriginal Activism in Interwar Britain and Europe: Anthony Martin Fernando

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Title Australian Aboriginal Activism in Interwar Britain and Europe: Anthony Martin Fernando
Author Paisley, Fiona Kerr
Journal Name History Compass
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Abstract This article reflects on the limits of the archives in the recovery of indigenous lives. An Australian Aboriginal activist and traveller in interwar Britain and Europe, Anthony Martin Fernando was an outspoken protestor of Aboriginal conditions while in Australia but mostly from overseas. He demonstrated outside Australia House in the 1920s, planned to approach the League of Nations, and was an advocate of a form of direct international mandate over land reserved for Aboriginal occupation in Australia. Much is still unknown about his life, but new information shows that he was also, among other things, a labourer in Trieste, Vienna, and Rome, a manservant in London, a civilian internee in Austria during the First World War, an interviewee of the Swiss progressive press in the interwar years, and a speaker at Hyde Park Corner. Information about his life story has been gained through wide-ranging archival research, and, perhaps most remarkably, recent contact with two families that employed him in England. More than a life shaped by tragedy, yet it was the tragic nature of colonisation and its genocidal effects that drove his life's work.
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Volume 7
Issue Number 3
Edition 2009
Page from 701
Page to 718
ISSN 1478-0542
Date Accessioned 2009-07-10
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject PRE2009-History: Other
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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