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YARN Australia, presents Country, Culture & Conversation to engage the community in our vision to build connection and unity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Non-Indigenous Australians. Join us for a special evening of conversation, storytelling, and culture of our Australian and the Australian Jewish Community.
This event we will learn more about the William Cooper Story: “Cooper held an ‘Aboriginal Day of Mourning’ on 26 January 1938. It coincided the 150th anniversary of the landing of the First Fleet and raised awareness of what this meant for the Indigenous population. The day evolved into a National Aborigines Day, or Aboriginal Sunday, first observed in 1940 on the weekend before Australia Day. Today, the celebrations of NAIDOC Week have their roots in Cooper’s original day of remembrance. Cooper closely followed civil rights movements around the world, including those of the Maoris of New Zealand and Native Americans. He often drew comparisons when campaigning for change in Australia. His compassion extended beyond the suffering of his own people. In 1938, he lodged a personal protest against the treatment of European Jews in Nazi Germany, walking from his home in Footscray to the German consulate in South Melbourne. It was one of the first protests in the world against the actions of the Nazis. In 2010, this was formally acknowledged with an education memorial, established in Cooper’s honour at a Jerusalem museum.” Reference Website Link