Memories of the Struggle
In 1994 Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa. He embodied not only the hopes of his long-suffering people, but also the spirit of thousands of anti-apartheid supporters around the world who had worked tirelessly to rid the country of its racist laws.
Among these supporters were many Australians. From as early as 1950, trade unions, the government, sportsmen and women, musicians and many individuals took part in the fight for justice in South Africa. The anti-apartheid movement was diverse and complex, and made up of many different groups and voices.
While Old Parliament House functioned as the federal parliament, important discussions were held and decisions were made there on Australia’s response to the South African government’s discriminatory policy of apartheid. Three prime ministers—Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke—made key decisions that put pressure on the South African government to abolish apartheid.
This exhibition features the voices and memories of some of the Australians and South African expatriates who worked hard over decades to bring about the end of apartheid. They often faced bitter opposition, and some were jailed for their actions. Memories of the Struggle pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of everyone who took part in the movement.
The Museum of Australia Democracy is pleased to be a contributing partner to this important exhibition.
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- Audrey McDonald and Peter Jennings on Australian Unions and the fight against Apartheid
- Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon on the Churches and the anti-Apartheid movement
- Dr. Klaas Woldring, Anti-Apartheid in Northern New South Wales, 1975-1990 (pdf)
- Surfer Tom Carroll and the Australian concept of the fair go
- Dr Barry York: my memory of the struggle against apartheid
- Curator Angus Leendertz previews the journey he went on to make the exhibition come alive…
- Angus Leendertz on the origins and development of Memories of the Struggle
- Australasian South African Alliance
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Museum of Australian Democracy
- Search Foundation
- University of Cape Town Australian Trust
- South African Airways
- Pratt Foundation
- Customs House City of Sydney
- Creative City Sydney