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John Stanley, Willy Rankine and Leonard Campbell of Point McLeay
Title : John Stanley, Willy Rankine and Leonard Campbell of Point McLeay John Stanley, Willy Rankine and Leonard Campbell of Point McLeay
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Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Date of creation : 1923
Format : Photograph
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In 1923 despite the protestations of the Aboriginal community the state government had passed The Aborigines (Training of Children) Act. In response to the legislation these three Aboriginal men, (L-R) John Stanley, Willy Rankine and Leonard Campbell traveled from Point McLeay to Adelaide to petition the government and present a memorial written by Ellen Kropinyeri.

Commenting on the removal of children the memorial noted, the "Act, which, hitherto had been illegal and I believe punished by law, is now legal and supported by law." [Register 21/12/1923].

The petitioners failed to change the government's position and the removal of Aboriginal Children continued into the 1970s.

Related names :

Campbell, Leonard
Rankine, Willy
Stanley, John

Coverage year : 1923
Further reading :
A little flour and a few blankets : an administrative history of Aboriginal Affairs in South Australia, Cameron Raynes, State Records, 2002
Conquest of the Ngarrindjeri : the story of the Lower Murray Lakes tribes, Graham Jenkin, Raukken Publishers, 1995
Ngarrindjeri nation : genealogies of Ngarrindjeri families, Doreen Kartinyeri, Wakefield Press, Adelaide 2006
Not Part of the Public, Judith Raftery, Wakefield Press, Adelaide 2006
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