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Lone Protestor, The

AM Fernando in Australia and Europe

Lone Protestor, The by Fiona Paisley
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The late 1920s saw an extraordinary protest by an Australian Aboriginal man on the streets of London. Standing outside Australia House, cloaked in tiny skeletons, Anthony Martin Fernando condemned the failure of British rule in his country. Fernando is believed to be the first Aboriginal person to protest conditions in Australia from the streets of Europe. His various forms of action, from pamphlets on the streets of Rome to the famous Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park, distinguish this lone protestor as a unique Aboriginal activist of his time. Drawn from an extensive search in archives from Australia and Europe, this is the first full-length study of Fernando and the self-professed mission that was to last half of his adult life. Paisley brings to light new episodes in Fernando's activist career as well as previously unknown details about his extraordinary life in Australia and overseas. Her account dramatically shifts our understanding of the international reach of Aboriginal protest in this era.
Aboriginal Studies Press; May 2012
ISBN 9781922059079
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Title: Lone Protestor, The
Author: Fiona Paisley
Following Fernando's life has meant going beyond the usual limits of Aboriginal, Australian and even British imperial history, and extending my own expertise as a historian in these fields of research. The breadth and scope of this journey has led me to topics as wide-ranging as policing in Fascist Italy, the medical examinatio nof prisoners in Brixton during the 1920s, and Black speakers in inter-war Hyde Park, London and I have drawn from a wealth of scholarship as well as undertaking archival research on these and many other topics.