November 1960, 1,100 wharfies, tally clerks, seamen and their families cramed into the Waterside Workers Hall. Paul Robeson an African American singer, actor, and political activist entered to a standing ovation.  It was the first time he had been able to visit Australia after the United States government confiscated his passport in 1950. A staunch supporter of Unionism and Indigenous rights, Robeson was given ‘an authentic woomera throwing stick’ as a gift after his performance.

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Catherine Manning says:

Hi Barbara,
I've passed on your question to Adam Paterson, Curator at the South Australian Maritime Museum, and he will be in touch with more.

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Barbara Anne Martin says:

Hello I am looking for any information about the history of shipwrights/carpenters from 1836 - 1874 in regards to an early pioneer/colonist George Mildred who came to SA in the Rapid with Colonel Light. George Mildreds son James Henry Albert Mildred was a member of the Waterside Workers Union and Port Adelaide Seamens Union. Many thanks, Barbara Martin

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