2010

This essay concerns the protest of an Australian Aborigil man outside Australia House in central London. In the 1920s Anthony Martin Ferndo made regular appearances outside Australia House on the Strand. Dressed in a black cloth on which he had sewn tiny skeletons, he expressed his condemtion of recent massacres of Aborigil people in outback Australia. His activities still contradict assumptions that Aborigil rights history mostly operated within Australia until the second half of the twentieth century, while for those he met in interwar London, Ferndo confronted commonly held notions of Aborigil demise on a distant frontier. But if the Australia House protests remain impressive for their ingenuity and haunting symbolism, newspaper reports of his testimony in court in 1929 filly provided the publicity he sought for the Aborigil cause.