The Victorian Aborigines Advancement League invited a representative of Pindan to a conference it was helping to organise in order to found a national organisation that would fight for a better deal for Aboriginal people, believing that the conference would be incomplete without a representative from this inspirational body.

Victorian Aborigines Advancement League Invites Pindan Rep
Victorian Aborigines Advancement League Invites Pindan Rep

Stan Davey, Secretary, Victorian Aborigines Advancement League, to Don McLeod, undated [December 1957], Don McLeod Papers, State Library of Western Australia, MS 1568a/5/229.

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McLeod and Cooperative Leaders Campaign for Aboriginal Rights

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McLeod and cooperative leaders campaigned vigorously for Aboriginal rights during the 1950s through letters, pamphlets, tape recordings and public meetings. McLeod’s correspondents included politicians, unionists, and activists. Citizenship rights and the right of Aboriginal people to access social service benefits were central to this campaign, as this letter to the senior Labor leader Gough Whitlam shows.