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1965 Freedom Ride

Today is the anniversary of the 1965 Freedom Ride.

On the 12th of February 1965, a group of students from the University of Sydney drew national and international attention by enduring on a 15-day bus journey through regional New South Wales to draw attention to the appalling living conditions of Aboriginal people and the racism that was rife in New South Wales country towns, known as the Freedom Ride, this would become a defining moment in Australian activism. The students formed into a body called Student Action for Aborigines (SAFA).

The publicity earned by the Freedom Ride through New South Wales towns, illuminated to the world the racial discrimination happening to First Nations people in Australia. While the life of the SAFA was short, the Ride had a massive impact and strengthened the campaigns that followed to bring about greater equality and recognition for First Nations people of Australia.

The details of their journey;

Saturday 12 February - Sydney: home of the Eora people

Sunday 13 February - Wellington: home of the Wiradjuri people

Monday 14 February - Gulargambone: home of the Wayilwan people

Tuesday 15 February - Walgett: on the border between the Wayilwan and Gamilaraay people

Wednesday 16 February - Moree: home of the Gamilaraay people

Thursday 17 February - Boggabilla: on the border between the Bigambul and Gamilaraay people

Friday 18 February - Tenterfield: home of the Marbal people

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 February - Moree: home of the Gamilaraay people

Monday 21 February - Grafton: on the border between the Bundjalung and Gumbaynggir people

Tuesday 22 February - Lismore and Cabbage Tree Island: home of the Bundjalung people

Wednesday 23 February - Bowraville: home of the Gumbaynggir people

Thursday 24 February - Kempsey: home of the Dhanggati people

Friday 25 February - Taree: home of the Birpai people

Saturday 26 February - Sydney: home of the Eora people

The following website has some confronting pictures, videos’ and diary entries of the event.

1965 Freedom Ride | AIATSIS

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