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Archive | March, 2013

William Cooper Persuades a Missionary

William Cooper may have become friends with the missionary, Rev John Gribble, in the 1870s at Maloga. But he also cultivated a warm friendship with that churchman’s son, Rev E. R. B. Gribble, who also became a missionary. By the 1930s, Cooper was an ageing man in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne; Gribble a determined  Full Article…


The Petition to the King

In September 1933, William Cooper began approaching various bodies with authority over indigenous affairs, asking if they would grant him permission to distribute a petition. The petition, once collected, would be delivered to King George V. Its main aim was to pressure the monarch, and, in turn, the Government of Australia, to introduce a new  Full Article…


Songs of the Yorta Yorta community

One of the great distinctives of the Indigenous community around the Goulburn and upper Murray rivers is song. Daniel Matthews, the independent missionary at Maloga, writes in his journal of the beauty of Yorta Yorta voices. In the fifth annual report, published in 1880, Daniel Matthews writes: They all sing sweetly, and sometimes so softly.  Full Article…