Day of Mourning & Protest, 1938

In response to the 150th anniversary of the arrival of British settlers in Australia, a 'Day of Mourning and Protest' was organised on 26 January 1938. Held in the Australian Hall in Elizabeth Street, Sydney, it was the first Aboriginal civil rights gathering and it attracted a crowd of around 1000 Aboriginal men and women. It came after a decade of protest against the policies of the NSW Aborigines Protection Board and was a landmark event in the long struggle for Aboriginal rights.

For further information on the Day of Mourning and Protest and other Aboriginal political activism in Sydney see:

Download a PDF of the original Day of Mourning & Protest document.