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A red cardboard covered diary. The cover reads 'THE  GIANT  Memo. Book  3D.' - click to view larger image
Anthony Martin Fernando’s notebook, 1929–30

During the 1920s an isolated Indigenous voice of protest was being expressed overseas. Anthony Martin Fernando, born in Sydney to an Aboriginal mother and a father of South Asian heritage, conveyed his dissent through spoken, written and performative protest.

He kept diaries detailing his activism in Britain and Europe. In 1928 he marched outside Australia House in London wearing a coat covered in miniature skeletons, with a sign proclaiming: ‘This is all that Australia has left of my people’.

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