William Cooper- An Aboriginal Life Story presentation by Bain Atwood
William Cooper's passionate struggle against the dispossession of Aboriginal people and the denial of their rights and his heroic fight for them to become citizens in their own country has been widely commemorated and celebrated.
By carefully reconstructing the historical losses his Yorta Yorta people suffered and endured, William Cooper: An Aboriginal Life Story reveals how the first seventy years of Cooper’s life inspired the remarkable political work he undertook in the 1930s. Focusing on Cooper’s most important campaigns this carefully researched study sheds important new light on the long struggle that Indigenous people have fought to have the truth bout Australia’s black history heard. Author Bain Attwood has published extensively in the history of colonialism. Cooper’s connection to Hobsons Bay includes his time in Footscray toward the end of his political career. Join us for a riveting discussion about this remarkable man from a renowned writer on Indigenous matters.