Foy’s freedom ride: medico in action

In places like Walgett, Moree, Dubbo, Bowraville, Kempsey, they found Aboriginal people barred from RSL clubs, swimming pools and cinemas. Access to housing, education and healthcare was poor.

The students, led by the charismatic Charles Perkins, on his way to becoming the university’s first Indigenous graduate, were shocked by the conditions as much as the angry response of local white residents, including an incident where their bus was rammed off the road.

“We weren’t typical middle