Remembering William Cooper: Jewish Community Council of Victoria

From December 06, 2018 18:30 until December 06, 2018 21:30

Remembering William Cooper: Jewish Community Council of Victoria

The William Cooper Legacy Project together with the Jewish Community Council Of Victoria invite you to:

Walking Together | Remembering William Cooper

Date: Thussday 6 December 2018      Time: 6:30pm
Location: Separation Memorial, Flagstaff Gardens, La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3003

As members of the Victorian Jewish community, we walk today together with our friends and allies in remembrance and appreciation of William Cooper and to reciprocate the march that he led on the German Consulate in Melbourne on 6 December 1938.

While world leadership watched in silent disbelief to the events of Kristallnacht, Uncle William Cooper, the Secretary of the Australian Aborigines’ League and an elder of the Yorta Yorta, led the only known private protest against the Nazi regime. At a time when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people were themselves denied citizenship and other basic human rights, and where they were frequently subjected to appalling physical, social and economic hardships, he chose to stand for our people and our future. 

Today, exactly 80 years later, we seek to honour William Cooper’s memory by making a similar stand on behalf of his people and their future. We do this by calling on our elected leaders to work together to ensure that our nations First People receive recognition in the Constitution and a lasting voice in our national Parliament.

  • 6:30PM Opening Ceremony & Remembrance Walk | Separation Memorial, Flagstaff Gardens
  • 8:00PM Smoking Ceremony & Chanukiah Lighting | Peppercorn Park, Alexandra Gardens

Patrons: Uncle “Boydie” Turner & Mark Liebler AC
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We acknowledge the support of The City of Melbourne and the Council of Christians & Jews in ensuring the success of this event


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