They wrote letters, they held street rallies, they were a politically organised force to be reckoned with – and they were all Aboriginal and the time was the 1920’s. Australia has now forgotten about the Australian Aboriginal Progressive Association . It had strong links with anti-slave activists overseas and it was begun by Aboriginal activist Frederick Maynard. John Maynard is Fred’s grandson and he’s brought the history of this early Aboriginal movement back to life in his book Fight For Liberty and freedom He says the issues for Aboriginal people then were pretty much the same as they are now.

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