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Community News: William Ferguson

Last published on 19 Jan 2018 in News

Community News: William Ferguson

The family of Bill Ferguson

The family of late Bill Ferguson are seeking financial support to establish a statue to honour his role, deeds & efforts in organising the 1938 Day of Mourning campaigning for human rights for Aboriginal people and are confident it will add a noble element to the cityscape of Dubbo.

The site is significant because on June 27th 1937 Ferguson called a public meeting to launch the Progressive Association, one of the earliest initiatives in civil rights in Australia.

In Sydney, on Australia Day 1938 along with the outstanding leader William Cooper of Victoria, Mr J Patten and M/S Pearl Gibbs were also a part of this great campaign. Mr Ferguson also assisted in organizing the Day of Mourning and led the first public demonstration calling for the” native people to be recognized as citizens of Australia.

According to the Dictionary of Sydney, ‘it was the first national civil rights gathering and represents the most clearly identifiable beginning of the contemporary Aboriginal political movement.’

Their goal was to give hope to their people and create unity in the country. These two men are recognized as pioneers of civil rights in Australia.

To build and erect such a monument will cost approximately $65,000 and the descendants of William Ferguson are seeking donations to help achieve their aim.

The fundraiser will be held on Saturday the 4 th of November at 150-152 Elizabeth Street Sydney , 6pm.

Evening will be

  • Key note addresses by Hon Linda Burney MP & Mr Sol Bellear
  • Music by Aboriginal band (Dale Huddleston )
  • Aboriginal dance and didj performance   (descendants William Ferguson)
  • Bush tucker food

Auction by of items including;

  • Aboriginal paintings
  • Didj’s
  • Artefacts
  • Signed football jerseys
  • And other items

For more information on Go Fund Me campaign to raise funds for a statue to be erected in Dubbo to honour William Ferguson refer to:

Originally published 7 November 2017