An Aboriginal Life Story: William Cooper fought for rights of First Nations people

By Michael McKernan
Updated November 7 2021 - 10:19pm, first published November 5 2021 - 5:00am
William Cooper on Nicholson Street, Footscray, undated. Picture: Esmay Mann Collection

The strength of research and writing in the vital area of Aboriginal history, much of it coming from the universities, continues to impress and awe serious readers of Australian history. I described Henry Reynolds and Nick Clements's recent book, reviewed in these pages a few weeks ago, as a masterpiece. This book is also in that class, though very different in kind.



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