Aboriginal heritage celebrated in time for special week.July 9, 2014 3:15am
Emotional and inspiring were the words used to describe the second annual NAIDOC event held at the Kyabram Bocce Club last Wednesday.
More than 50 people ate, laughed, listened and acknowledged the indigenous cultures and heritage of the Kyabram district during an informal lunch, which ran an hour overtime.
Special guest speaker Alf ‘‘Uncle Boydie’’ Turner stole the show as he spoke about the exploits of his grandfather William Cooper.
William Cooper was an aboriginal who worked tirelessly to gain formal recognition of his people from the Australian government.
Before the 1960s Australia’s indigenous population was not recognised as citizens, were not allowed to vote and were not included in census figures.
Mr Cooper persuaded various church leaders to recognise Aboriginal Sunday starting in 1940, which later became National Aborigines Day and eventually NAIDOC week, a celebration of indigenous culture and history throughout Australia.
Famously Mr Cooper was the only non-government leader to officially voice public opposition to the Nazi attacks on the Jews before and during the World War II.
Read the full story in the print edition of the Kyabram Free Press.
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
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A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
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