Death Scene Protester: An Aboriginal Rights Activist in 1920s London

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Title Death Scene Protester: An Aboriginal Rights Activist in 1920s London
Author Paisley, Fiona Kerr
Journal Name South Atlantic Quarterly
Editor David A. Ellison and Katrine Schlunke
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Duke university press
Abstract This essay concerns the protest of an Australian Aboriginal man outside Australia House in central London. In the 1920s Anthony Martin Fernando made regular appearances outside Australia House on the Strand. Dressed in a black cloth on which he had sewn tiny skeletons, he expressed his condemnation of recent massacres of Aboriginal people in outback Australia. His activities still contradict assumptions that Aboriginal rights history mostly operated within Australia until the second half of the twentieth century, while for those he met in interwar London, Fernando confronted commonly held notions of Aboriginal demise on a distant frontier. But if the Australia House protests remain impressive for their ingenuity and haunting symbolism, newspaper reports of his testimony in court in 1929 finally provided the publicity he sought for the Aboriginal cause.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/00382876-1382294
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Duke University Press. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 110
Issue Number 4
Page from 867
Page to 883
ISSN 1527-8026
Date Accessioned 2011-11-05
Date Available 2012-05-17T22:18:34Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Historical Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/42298
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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