Anthony Martin Fernando
|Died||1949 (Aged 85)|
|Other names||Anthony Martin|
|Occupation||Toy Maker, Political Activist|
Fernando was born in Woolloomooloo, New South Wales as a member of the Dharug nation. He spent most of his life in "self-imposed" exile, overseas, protesting and publicising the injustices inflicted upon himself, his people, and Aboriginal Australians generally:
...'his long grey beard damp with mist, his frail elderly frame wrapped in a large overcoat'. Pinned to his coat were scores of small, white, toy skeletons and he wore a placard proclaiming: 'This is all Australia has left of my people'
On-line newspaper articles
- ""A JOKE." - Anthony Martin Fernando, an Australian aboriginal, had arrived at Berne seeking support for .. a certain district in North Australia .. being reserved for aborigines". The Brisbane Courier. 30 June 1921. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- ""NOT SAVAGES. ABORIGINAL'S PLEA. TREATMENT BY WHITES DENOUNCED." - Anthony Martin Fernando (aged 65 years), toy hawker, an aboriginal, born near Sydney, was remanded for a month at the Old Bailey". The Brisbane Courier. 2 February 1929. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- ""FARMER COMES TO HIS AID: ELDERLY BLACK IN COURT"." - The intervention of an elderly Essex farmer saved an Australian aborigine, Anthony Fernando, aged 73 years .. from being sent to prison. '". The Argus. 21 January 1938. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- Steve Meacham, "Aboriginal activist campaigned in Europe 100 years ago", Sydney Morning Herald, May 27, 2012.
- Browning, Daniel (15 July 2007) "Fernando's Ghost", Hindsight, ABC Radio NationalAccessed 30 May 2010.
- "Fernando's Ghost" - Transcript, SOVEREIGN UNION - National Unity Government, "Sovereign Union" - Asserting Aboriginal Sovereignty into Governance.
- Goodall, Heather (1988) "Aboriginal Calls for Justice: Learning from History" Aboriginal Law Bulletin No. 37 Accessed 30 May 2010.
- National Museum of Australia "From Little Things Big Things Grow: Fighting for Indigenous Rights 1920-1970" Exhibition - including artists impression of Anthony Martin Fernando Accessed 30 May 2010.
- Paisley, Fiona "Into self-imposed exile" Griffith REVIEW Edition 6: Our Global Face Accessed 30 May 2010.
- Paisley, Fiona "Hidden Story Behind a Portrait (of Anthony Martin Fernando)" National Museum of AustraliaAccessed 30 May 2010.
- THE STORY OF AM FERNANDO, Radio National, Late Night Live, 23 May 2012.
- Fiona Paisley, The Lone Protestor - A M Fernando in Australia and Europe. Aboriginal Studies Press, 2012.