Anthony Martin Fernando

The Anthony Martin Fernando exhibition introduces you to the life of this remarkable man concentrating on a very specific time in Fernando’s life through digital copies of his notebooks, which were written in London between 1929–30.

Three days after the Wall Street stock market crash in 1929, an Aboriginal man — Anthony Martin Fernando – was living at the Salvation Army hostel for men in Middlesex Street, in the East End of London. It was in this setting that he documented his experiences as a toy trader.

Fernando was specifically documenting the treatment he received as a ’blackman’ in London for a previous employer of his, Douglas Jones. His notebooks also reflect his views on the treatment of Aboriginal people in Australia.

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Last reviewed: 1 May 2017