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The Wounded at Sharpville after South African Police Massacre March 21, 1960

1995.0038.0005

The Wounded at Sharpville after South African Police Massacre March 21, 1960

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Physical description

Black and white photographic postcard, which is titled on the back "The Wounded at Sharpville after South African Police Massacre March 21, 1960". There is space on the postcard for a stamp and address.

Statement of significance

This collection comprises protest material relating to the South African Liberation centre, a site of anti-apartheid protest in Canberra, from late1985 to the early 1990s. The collection includes photographs, banners, placards and posters and is significant in terms of Australia's place in the anti-apartheid movement. Although Australia has never broken diplomatic relations with South Africa it is clear that many Australians found South African apartheid unacceptable and were prepared to go to great lengths to articulate their objection to its continued existence.

The nature of protest in Australia has changed in the 1980s and 1990s. The anti-apartheid campaigns demonstrate the Australian Federal F's changing interpretation of police powers in relation to the acts governing unlawful assembly, summary offences, disorderly conduct, public nuisance and similar legislation invoked when dealing with public protest.

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