Anthony Fernando

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Anthony Martin Fernando
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Pinned to Anthony Fernando's coat, in front of Australia House (1928) were scores of small, white, toy skeletons and he wore a placard proclaiming: "This is all Australia has left of my people."[1]
Born 1864
Died 1949 (Aged 85)
Nationality Dharug
Other names Anthony Martin
Citizenship British
Occupation Toy Maker, Political Activist
Known for
Website http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/biogs/AS10160b.htm

Anthony Martin Fernando (6 April 1864–9 January 1949) was an early Aboriginal Australian toymaker and early political activist.[1]

Biography[edit]

Fernando was born in Woolloomooloo, New South Wales as a member of the Dharug nation.[1] He spent most of his life in "self-imposed" exile, overseas, protesting and publicizing the injustices inflicted upon himself, his people, and Aboriginal Australians generally:[2]

...'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'[1]

He died in the East London town of Ilford on 9 January 1949.[1]

On-line newspaper articles[edit]

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Fiona Paisley, The Lone Protestor - A M Fernando in Australia and Europe. Aboriginal Studies Press, 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Holland, Alison & Paisley, Fiona (2005), "Fernando, Anthony Martin (1864 - 1949)", Australian On-Line Dictionary of Biography Accessed 30 May 2010.
  2. ^ Paisley, Fiona "Into self-imposed exile" Griffith REVIEW Edition 6: Our Global Face[permanent dead link] Accessed 30 May 2010.