Freedom Ride

50 Years On

The original Freedom Ride was conducted in 1965, by Charlie Perkins with a band of students from Sydney University as a response to the segregation and racism of towns in regional Australia.

The original Freedom Ride was conducted in 1965, by Charlie Perkins with a band of students from Sydney University as a response to the segregation and racism of towns in regional Australia. About 50 students jumped on a bus and rode into the most segregated towns and conducted protest marches and other activist activities to highlight the plight of Aboriginals who were living there under a form of apartheid. There was wide spread media coverage at the time and afterwards the wheels started turning very slowly towards the Australia that we live in today. The Freedom ride stopped here in our country at Bowraville and we are honoured to have two Bowraville Elders at festival in the Yarn space at 2:00pm to tell us their first hand stories of growing up in Bowraville in those days.