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Program - Australian Aborigines League, 'An Aboriginal Moomba: Out of the Dark', 1951 Document Reg. No: HT 24211

Program for 'An Aboriginal Moomba: Out of the Dark' held at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne in 1951. The year 1951 was the Centenary of Victoria and the 50th anniversary of Federation in Australia. To celebrate an arts festival and a parade of floral floats through Melbourne was planned. However, the absence of any Indigenous Australian content rankled members of the Aboriginal community. Just weeks before the festival was due to begin Pastor Doug Nicholls, Secretary of the Australian Aborigines League, obtained funding to mount a theatrical production. The all-Indigenous production was received with critical and popular acclaim. Principal actors included Doug Nicholls, filmmaker Bill Onus, opera singer Harold Blair and blues singer Georgia Lee.

The Australian Aborigines League began in 1934 and grew out of discussions led by Cummeragunga man William Cooper and included Doug Nicholls, Shadrack James and Marge Tucker. In the 1957 the organisation evolved into the modern day Aborigines Advancement League.
Booklet printed on off white paper. The front cover has a red background and purple border and patterns on the cover consisting of 20 pages. Stapled at spine.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Michael Reason
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 258 mm (Height), 371 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: aboriginal people, indigenous activism, indigenous issues, aboriginal issues
Themes this item is part of: Cultural Diversity Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021, Moomba Festival
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity
Tertiary Classification: promotional materials
Inscriptions: Front cover: The Princess Theatre Melbourne The Australian Aboriginal League Presents its Contribution to the Centenary of Victoria and Jubilee of the Commonwealth Celebrations An Aboriginal Moomba 'Out of the Dark' Souvenir Programme
Organiser of Event: Australian Aborigines League, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1951
Place & Date Used: Princess Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1951
References: http://www.emelbourne.net.au/biogs/EM01000b.htm

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