Jack Patten's vision of justice

By Belinda-Jane Davis
Updated August 1 2012 - 12:01am, first published June 28 2012 - 5:38pm
PROUD FAMILY: Guy Patten with a picture of his great, great grandfather and children Jamahli, 1, Jack, 6, and Kyana, 7.
Jack Patten: In comfortable rural surroundings.

At a time when Aboriginal people had no rights and were forced to reject their culture and traditions to adopt the Australian way of life, the late Jack Patten stood up and created change. He spent his life fighting for Aboriginal rights and instigating equality throughout society, and history holds the first Aboriginal Day of Mourning in 1938 as one of his achievements. With NAIDOC Week starting on Sunday his great great grandson Guy Patten, of Metford, reflects on his courage to succeed.

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