Days of mourning

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About the poem:‘Days of mourning’ addresses an article published in PIX magazine on 19 March 1938. The article, ‘The Rites of Making Man’, told readers about Aboriginal initiation ceremonies, captured on film by adventurer Francis Birtles. As a contemporary reader, I was shocked to see the secret-sacred images displayed on the pages of this popular pictorial. PIX has been digitised and the relevant issue can be accessed here: Of course, 1938 was also the year of the first Day of Mourning, a protest held by Aboriginal activists on 26 January to mark 150 years of colonisation and the expropriation of their lands. PIX remained silent on this matter.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWrit Poetry Review
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020


  • day of mourning
  • 1938
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

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