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1941: Death of William Cooper

29 March 2023 All day

William Cooper was an inspirational Aboriginal leader in New South Wales and Victoria in the early part of the 20th century and a founding secretary of the Australian Aborigines’ League.

The league was created to lobby state and federal governments on behalf of Aboriginal people.

The powerful symbolic gesture of a Day of Mourning on 26 January, along with a petition to the British monarch calling for Aboriginal representation in federal parliament, inspired generations of activists working for justice for Indigenous Australians.

National Museum of Australia