Having been a participant in the ‘Freedom Ride’ with Charles Perkins, I wish to correct Peter Robb’s description of “the big stop” in Moree (‘Dreamland’, November). The pool’s entrance was blocked not by the crowd but by Charles and the students. We formed a queue with Aboriginal children and refused to budge unless the management agreed to permit the entry of Aboriginal children to the pool. After some time – it was a hot afternoon – the management relented. Days later we learnt that again the pool was refusing admission to Aboriginal children. At the second confrontation, the locals became very angry as we employed the same tactics as before. That was when the eggs and tomatoes were thrown and one student was punched to the ground. But the mayor and two other councillors signed a written statement rescinding the ban on Aboriginals entering the pool.
Elanora Heights, NSW