Negotiating with Government in the 1930s

The Australian Aborigines League was the very first Indigenous pressure group to win a direct audience with the Prime Minister. It seems it was made possible because few people could say no to Doug Nicholls.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Tuesday 25 January 1938, page 8

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954), Tuesday 25 January 1938, page 8

The article reads:

ABORIGINES TO ASK

FOR JUSTICE.

Deputation to Mr. Lyons.

FOOTBALLER AS LEADER.

A deputation comprised entirely of aborigines will visit on the Prime Minister Mr Lyons on January 31 to ask for better treatment of the aboriginal population.

The speakeis will be educated aborigines most of whom are well known and respected in the community. It will be introduced by “Doug” Nicholls of the Fitzroy Australian Rules football Club Melbourne, who is a first-class footballer, and is regarded as one of the finest sportsmen playing the game in Victoria.

The deputation, it is understood, will plead for a more sympathetic altitude to aborigines throughout Australia, and will point out that, if given adequate education and opportuni ties aborigines can take a leading place in a modern community

The Prime Minister, it is known, is sypathetic with the objects of the deputa tion. Dame Enid Lyons will probably be present when the deputation is heard.

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