2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the original Tent Embassy and for this Saturday ONLY, Michael Anderson, the last living member of the group of four who began the original protest in Canberra on 26 January, 1972 and Sam Watson, who arrived at the Embassy in its second week as a member of the Brisbane chapter of the Black Panther Party of Australia, along with Sam’s daughter and novelist Nicole Watson, discuss recent events in Brisbane’s Musgrave Park and what protests, past and present, mean for the next generation of advocates.
Uncle Sam Watson is a senior member of the Brisbane Indigenous community with blood ties to the Munnenjarl and Biri Gubba peoples. He is a writer, film maker, playwright and political activist.
Nicole Watson is a member of the Birri-Gubba People and the Yugambeh language group. Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1999, Nicole has worked for Legal Aid Queensland, the National Native Title Tribunal, the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency and as a columnist with the National Indigenous Times. She is currently a senior research fellow at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS. Nicole’s gripping contemporary crime novel, The Boundary, won the 2009 David Unaipon Award.
The Boundary is about Meston Park in Brisbane’s West End, it stood on the boundary of the city’s curfew for its Aboriginal population – they were not permitted to enter the city limits at night. When the park becomes the proposed site for a multi-million development, the traditional owners, the Corrowa, vow to fight it and file a native title claim. Hours after rejecting the claim, Justice Bruce Brosnan is brutally murdered in his home. Days later the developers’ lawyers are also killed. The Corrowa’s matriarch, Ethel Cobb, believes the murders are the work of an ancient assassin who has returned to destroy the boundary.
So if you have ever wanted to find out about the Tent Embassy, its history and legacy and its importance for all Queenslanders, then bring your questions along. It will be an inspiring and important conversation – too much for an hour so expect the yarning to continue into the evening!
Date: Saturday, 8 September 2012
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Venue: kuril dhagun, State Library of Queensland
For more program inofrmation, visit Brisbane Writers Festival 2012