The twenty-sixth of January 2013 marks the day, 75 years ago, when an important National Aboriginal civil-rights gathering, the Day of Mourning, took place at Australian Hall, Sydney. It was an event unique for its time in Australia, representing the culmination of years of concerted efforts on the part of Aboriginal leaders such as William Cooper, William Ferguson and others.
Uncle William Cooper, a strong fighter for Aboriginal rights in Victoria. Uncle William, originally from Cummeragunja, was a co-founder of the Aborigines Advancement League and involved in the creation of the 1938 "Aboriginal Day of Mourning" protest. By Phil Cooper Jnr
Protesting for equal wages Aboriginal stockmen walked off Wave Hill pastoral station in the Northern Territory in 1966. Little did the white station owners know that the strike would become a precursor to land rights legislation almost 10 years later. Source: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/politics/aboriginal-people-strike-walk-off-at-wave-hill#ixzz3jUgfBYWD