‘Start wobbling your tongue’

A fitting tribute to an Aboriginal activist
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December 2021, no. 438
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William Cooper: An Aboriginal life story by Bain Attwood

The Miegunyah Press, $34.99 hb, 296 pp

‘Start wobbling your tongue’

A fitting tribute to an Aboriginal activist
by
December 2021, no. 438

The name of Yorta Yorta elder William Cooper shines bright in the history of Aboriginal activism in Australia between the two world wars. It is linked with the formation of the Australian Aborigines’ League, of which he was the founding secretary; the Day of Mourning on the anniversary of white settlement in 1938; and a petition intended for George V, signed by almost 2,000 Aboriginal people and demanding Aboriginal representation in parliament. This last was perhaps Cooper’s most cherished project. He spent years gathering signatures and waiting for the most opportune moment to present it; his disappointment at the indifferent response of the Australian government darkened his final years.

Penny Russell reviews 'William Cooper: An Aboriginal life story' by Bain Attwood

William Cooper: An Aboriginal life story

by Bain Attwood

The Miegunyah Press, $34.99 hb, 296 pp

Buy this book

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