How very sad that Arthur Murray scarcely rated a mention in the media.

Excerpt: The enemies Arthur and his comrades made were the Australian equivalent of those standing in the way of Martin Luther King’s civil rights campaigners in the United States. They were the police, local politicians, the media. “Who in the town was with you?” I asked Arthur. He thought for a while. “There was a chemist,” he said. “who was kind to Aboriginal people. Mostly we were on our own.” Soon after the cotton workers won an hourly rate of A$1.45, Arthur was arrested for trespassing in the grounds of the Returned Servicemen’s Club. His defence shocked the town; it was land rights. All of Australia was Aboriginal land, he said.

An Australian hero whose skin was the wrong colour – On Line Opinion – 4/10/2012.

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