Tutor/Facilitator Sue Taffe
Date: on/from Sat 20 Jul 2019 to Sat 20 July 2019
Frequency: Single Event
Class time: 2:30-4:00
Mary Kehoe Centre, Hall
SUE TAFFE will talk about her biography of Mary Montgomerie Bennett (1881–1961), an important but under-recognised figure in Australian history. A member of a successful squatting family, Mary became a voice for reform at a time when Aboriginal Australians had their citizens’ rights curtailed by repressive state laws.
From her late forties until her death Mary fought for justice on behalf of the first Australians. She was a teacher, a writer and an advocate. She vehemently opposed the separating, on racial grounds, of Aboriginal children from their families. She put the case, decades before campaigns began, for Aboriginal rights to traditional lands. And she argued for citizenship rights, including equal pay and access to old age pensions for Aboriginal people. A friend described her as “a white hot flame”, relentless in pursuit of a better world for the people she loved.
Dr Sue Taffe is a Melbourne historian who has written about the contributions of twentieth-century activists to campaigns for Aboriginal rights. She is the author of Black and White Together FCAATSI: the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, as well as articles and book chapters about these activists.
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