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William Cooper, John Needham and the Creation of NAIDOC

After some promising discussions with Prime Minister Joseph Lyons in the late 1930s, it became clear to William Cooper and his colleagues at the Australian Aborigines’ League that the federal government was not going to do anything for the Indigenous cause. The cabinet was stonewalling the Petition to the King. The message came back to  Full Article…


Shadrach Livingstone James Lectures the Missionaries

In April 1929, Shadrach Livingston James was invited to address the Australian National Missionary Council. The delicious inversion of the expected roles seems to have attracted attention of journalists. And his comments were reported in Sun on 12 April 1929. In his talk, he makes a brutal statement about white mistreatment of Aborigines. His talk seems to  Full Article…