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Copy of Freedom Rides Australia - Timeline

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American 'Freedom Rides' took place in the southern states, protesting against racial segregation.
15th May
One bus forced off the road and bombed in Alabama. The Freedom Riders were beaten.
6th May
A University of Sydney protest against racial segregation in the US was considered hypocritical and this drew students' attention to the discrimination against Aboriginals happening in their own backyard.
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A group of Sydney Uni. students formed 'Student Action For Aborigines' (SAFA) including...
Charles Perkins
Ann Curthoys
Jim Spigelman
Darce Cassidy
4th August
The bodies of Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney (members of the Freedom Democratic Party) were found in Mississippi.
30 SAFA members boarded a bus headed for outback NSW.
13th Feb.
Bus visited Orange, conducted a survey of the Aboriginal living and social conditions in Wellington and stopped overnight in Dubbo.
14th Feb.
Bus arrived in Walgett and the students took part in a picket of the RSL after Aboriginal Ex-Servicemen were refused.
15th Feb.
The bus was forced off the road by an unknown truck driver whilst leaving Walgett. After debate amongst the Riders, they later returned to Walgett Police Station where there was a heated confrontation. The students and Aborigines were abused by white citizens.
16th Feb.
Bus arrived in Moree. SAFA was joined by local councillor Bob Brown and the swimming pool protest against the discriminatory law began.
19th Feb.
The bus was headed for Lismore when it heard that the ban had been reimposed in Moree. The bus turned around.
20th Feb.
When trying to get admitted to the Moree pool again, things turned violent and the Freedom Riders were escorted away.
23rd Feb.
Surveys conducted in Lismore.
24th Feb.
Protest in Kempsey and more surveys conducted.
26th Feb.
The bus returned to Sydney. The Freedom Ride was over.
The Aboriginal children were allowed in the pool after being inspected for cleanliness. They ban was supposedly broken.
27th May
Referendum passed with an overwhelming majority of 90.77%. Aboriginals would now be counted in the Census.
By Lucy O'Connell
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