Jenny Bush, Aboriginal Folk Singer

Jenny Bush, Aboriginal Folk Singer at the SAFA fundraising concert, Paddington Town Hall , 21 January 1965 in The Tribune

In 1964 a group of students from the University of Sydney formed into a body called the Student Action for Aborigines (SAFA). The students’ attention had been drawn to issues of discrimination facing Aboriginal Australians after participating in protests in 1964 against racial segregation in the United States. After a period of planning and fund-raising, the students set off in February 1965 on a bus tour of regional New South Wales towns, inspired by the Freedom Rides that took place in the United States of America in 1961. Led by fellow student and Arrernte man Charles Perkins, SAFA had three key aims; to gather information in regards to the living conditions of the Aboriginal people in the communities they visited, protest against discrimination against Aboriginal people where they found it, and bring Aboriginal issues to the attention of mainstream consciousness by attracting a media spotlight to the experiences of Aboriginal people. SAFA also hoped to encourage and support Aboriginal people themselves to resist discrimination.  

no. 2 published in Tribune: 10 February 1965, page 8. Caption: Jenny Bush, young Aboriginal folksinger, who sang at the concert organised by Student Action for Aborigines to raise money for the planned 'freedom ride' by students through northern New South Wales. Jenny is one of a number of new Aboriginal folk singers.

Photo caption: Jenny Bush, Aboriginal Folk Singer at the SAFA fundraising concert, Paddington Town Hall , 21 January 1965 / The Tribune. 

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Jenny Bush
Location Description: 

249 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia. 

Original Date: 
1965 January 21st
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