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William Cooper's petition to the King

Page(s): 1  
Title: William Cooper's petition to the King
Date: 1934
Content creator: Multiple
Keywords: Aboriginal communities, Aboriginal peoples, petitions, political attitudes, political campaigns, political movements, racial conflict, Aboriginal land rights, disadvantaged, Australian Aborigines' League, injustice, Yorta Yorta
Record creator: Department of the Interior, Central Office
Reference: A431, 1949/1591

Land Rights for Indigenous People - Petition to the King submitted by William Cooper


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This image shows a typed page from a formal petition to King George V (1865-1936) from the 'Aboriginal Inhabitants of Australia' requesting his intercession 'to prevent the extinction of the Aboriginal Race', to improve their conditions and give them a voice in federal parliament. The petition declares that their land had been taken and their legal status denied. This meant that the British colonisers of Australia had failed to fulfil both their moral duty and the instructions they had been given by the British administration to adequately care for the original occupants of the land.

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