McLeod insisted that the movement was driven by Aboriginal people, as in this letter written in 1956 to Brian Fitzpatrick, the historian and general secretary for the Australian Council for Civil Liberties.

A Popular Movement

Extract of Don McLeod to Brian Fitzpatrick, 28 March 1956, Jessie Street Papers, National Library of Australia, MS 2683/10/74.

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McLeod Argues for Aboriginal Control of Their Destiny

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Throughout the 1950s, McLeod argued that the Pilbara movement was a living demonstration of the value and continuing viability of Aboriginal culture and the importance of Aboriginal control of their own destiny, points he believed were undermined by Grayden’s Warburton Ranges campaign.