The Australian Aboriginal League float in the 1947 May Day procession. Identified, left to right: ...

Accession Number P01248.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film copy negative
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 1 May 1947
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Period 1940-1949
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

The Australian Aboriginal League float in the 1947 May Day procession. Identified, left to right: Miss Leila Lord, Mr Tasman Dohti (holding a sign which reads "Burn our welfare board"), Miss Alice Groves (holding a sign which reads "United war divided peace"), Miss Delys Cross, Mr Herbert Groves, wearing his Second World War uniform as protest; he served under the number NX200798 between 1943 and 1945 (holding a sign which reads "Free to fight but not to drink"), and Mr Athol Lester (holding a sign which reads "Our famous 1947 Australian All Blacks"). The Australian Aboriginal League was formed in Melbourne in 1932 by William Cooper, from Cummeragunja, to protest the conditions under which Aboriginal people were forced to live. In the background to the right is the Tivoli Theatre.