50 years Aboriginal Embassy has been standing
In 2022 the Aboriginal Tent Embassy celebrated its 50th anniversary. On 26 January 1972 four men from Redfern in Sydney – Michael Anderson, Billy Cragie, Bert Williams and Tony Coorey – sat down under a beach umbrella on the lawns opposite what is now Old Parliament House and declared the spot to be an ‘Aboriginal embassy’. They issued a list of demands to the Australian Government that focused on land rights, mining rights, and compensation. In 1995 the embassy was listed on the Register of the National Estate.