Police officers had been at the forefront of the state’s repressive control over Aboriginal people in the Pilbara before the strike, but this letter illustrates the strikers’ assertive responses to police intimidation. It was written to the Committee for Defence of Native Rights by Tommy Sampie, who corresponded regularly with the Committee to keep southern supporters informed of developments in the strike. It refers to efforts by the police to shift Warrawagine strikers from the Twelve Mile back to the Marble Bar district.
A First Hand Report on Police Persecution of Aborigines
Tommy Sampie, ‘A first hand report on police persecution of Aborigines’, 10 February 1947, SROWA, 1943/0621/31.