Tree planted in activists’ memory

Barnardos held a tree planting celebration to celebrate the 1965 Freedom Ride civil rights protests.

Robyn Edwards planting the tree with two local Aboriginal children. Photo: NICK GRIMM

Robyn Edwards planting the tree with two local Aboriginal children. Photo: NICK GRIMM

The tree was planted on the grass between the Wellington Local Court and the Wellington Police Station on Maughan Street.

The Freedom Ride was a series of protests throughout the Central West fighting for Aboriginal people’s civil rights.

Helena Stanley help to organise the planting and said there was a slight shift in the organisation’s program.

“We’ve got a special calendar that’s usually focused on [National] Sorry Day… we hadn’t done a Freedom Ride ceremony before,” Ms Stanley said.

Aboriginal rights activist Charlie Perkins and the Freedom Ride activists were honoured at the ceremony.