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Families & heroes: George Nelson & the international pathways of an Aboriginal family history

Project Member(s): Goodall, H.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and torres Strait Islander Studies

Start year: 2010

Summary: George Nelson has lived an extraordinary life, as a highly successful professional athlete; but he is also the nephew & grandson respectively of renowned activists Shadrach James, Ada cooper & thomas James of Cummeragunja. As well as a story of passionate commitment to justice, this Aboriginal history includes Thomas James' childhood on Mauritius, where he grew up as Shadrach Thomas James Peersaheb a Muslim within the Peersaheb family, the son of an official interpreter. George Nelson's search for his family history, in Australia & Mauritius, is the core of this project.

FOR Codes: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History, Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History), Asian History, Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage, Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage, Understanding Asia's Past