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Indigenous Australia - 1936- 38 Alliances during the Depression

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During the Depression small scale alliances develop with white unemployed activists who join Aboriginal activists in Dubbo NSW in protests over indigenous unemployed being denied work relief. Key Aboriginal activists Tom Peckham, Ted Taylor, Pearl Gibbs, Jack Patten and Bill Fergusen develop these alliances. These lead to stop-works, protests and strikes around NSW including Wallaga Lake, Menindee, Burnt Bridge, Brewarrina and Purfleet. The major issue of this period in NSW was calls by Aboriginal activists for the abolition of the Aborigines Protection Board (APB).