Days 249 – 251: Maryborough

Day 249: 10.30am

[Guest Post] A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to have Clinton Pryor aka “The Spirit Walker” visit us at the Amnesty office and chat about his Clinton’s Walk for Justice. Listen to what Clinton had to say here and learn more about his journey and the issues he is raising awareness about.

Thanks again Clinton Pryor for your time, we wish you all the best and we will continue to follow and support you on your journey.

– Amnesty International Australia – SA/NT Branch


Day 249: 2.30pm

Hello there I just want to ask if you got a spare moment to have a read of this.

My name is Clinton Pryor and I’m just writing a story about this man you see in the photo below. So please if you go some time to have a read. Please I would love for to have a read. Some of you may know him and other’s may not know him. But to me he is my uncle and his name is Uncle Anthony Spratt from Perth Western Australia. Uncle Anthony Spratt was a Homeless man who lives around Perth, Travel up north to Darwin where he live homeless up there with long Grass people and travel to Alice springs Centre Australia. Where he when thought the aboriginal Lore to become a lore man. Before returning back to Perth where he had his last day living on the street has a homeless man.

Before he passed on I would like people to know who he was, what he did and who he helped. So please keep reading, he was a great man and I would like you to know who he was, how he help so many homeless people around Perth and how he was a homeless man himself who fought against the government with other homeless people, family and friends where he live in Perth. I what people to know this man story and I think good people in this world need they story to be told.

So please continue reading….

When he returned back to Perth he was still a homeless man in a way by going around traveling to family, friends and people he know to stay one night at the place to keep himself warm at night or get something to eat for himself and also living on the street as well with other homeless people. When he was living on the street of Perth. He used to play a guitar or busk on every corner so he can make some money for himself. When he uses to busk on the street and sing along he always had other homeless people with him. What he made from busking he use to share his money with other homeless people so they had something to eat at night. He never was a Greedy man like you see this billion air or people who have a job and a home. He was a good man in a way of having none thing but share wants he had from just singing on the street of Perth and want he made he share with other.

He cares for other in a way by helping because they had none thing like he had. He was a man who cares. If a man who was homeless that cares for other. Than why people who have it all don’t care and only care for what they have. I myself just don’t understand how this world work all well back to the story. When I first when to matagarup Heirissson Island to make a stand for closer of aboriginal community in Western Australia. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into or want I was doing but when I got to Heirisson the first to people who came up to me when I first set foot on Heirisson Island was Uncle Herbert Kenneth Bropho and Uncle Anthony Spratt. The two was just setting around the fire recording video and explaining to the camera why they was on heirisson island and why they set up camp with other more or less family to make a stand. I wait for them two to finish talking to the camera.

After they finish taking to the camera. They both call me over and I introduce myself to them both and I didn’t’ know I was safe because they was family on my mother side. In the time I was on heirisson island. I got to know uncle Anthony Spratt more and want tip of man he was. When homeless people started to came on to heirisson island when the time of closer of community and that the government was force aboriginal people out of the community. Uncle Anthony Spratt was helping out aboriginal people who lost their community and people who was homeless on the island with us in away by singing his song around the fire and also telling story about the dream time. He was doing that because he was showing the homeless on matagarup not to be afraid of the government but stand up for want you believing in even if you have lose ever thing.

Every time there was a March or rally for the forced closure of community or any other rally for aboriginal people. He was right there and ready to go and march with other. Also stand with thousands of people at parliament house and make a stand for want right. When I organise a rally for the homeless one day in forest chase in Perth. He was there and standing with other people who was homeless just likes himself. He stood his ground and March with me and other people to ask the government to start help homeless people. Before the March begin at Forrest chase. I have asked the homeless to speak out to the public and tell them why they are homeless.

When I see him there at the rally. I ask him to speak out about why he was homeless and how it was very important for the government and the public to understand why people are homeless. He speaks out very proud because he wanted people to know his story why he was homeless. When the march began he stay behind because he was getting old and he couldn’t keep up when we marched to parliament house for the homeless with family, friends and support. The rally for the homeless was his last rally and we didn’t’ know if it was the last time he was going to do something right and speak at a rally for the last time.

The next day at night after rally Uncle Anthony Spratt pass away on the street as a homeless man. But before he passes away he was giving a key to a house for the first time in over 20 years on the same day before he passes on. But he didn’t get the chance to have a home for his self because he didn’t’ know that it was his last day on earth on that day. When we had his funereal there was a lot of homeless people can to his funeral. We ask for all the homeless people to carry his coffin and have the honour to lay him to rest. He was amazing man that did want he can for the homeless.

Uncle Anthony Spratt to me is a hero and inspired uncle I know who did all this thing thought in his life and how he help some many people out.. The family, friend, support and homeless remember uncle as a hero for want he have done .This why I write this story about uncle so that people can understand want person he was and want he did in his life has a homeless man.

WARNING: Image of the deceased  

To this day a lot of public and the government have being judge homeless people in a lot way like they do drug, they alcoholics and other things. But people don’t know anything about homeless person an less you know them. Never judge a homeless man a less you know them because they mute be on of the best people in the world that God giving us. So please share this story we want people to know him want person is was.

From Clinton Pryor.


Day 249: 8pm


Day 250

At Maryborough, we are at Chris’ place tents set up and the meeting ground has been done. – Noonie


Day 250: 8.30am

[Admin Toby] In 1978 “The Longest Walk” started on the 11 of February. It was an AIM-led spiritual walk across the United States to support tribal sovereignty and bring attention to 11 pieces of anti-Indian legislation; AIM (Americal Indian Movement) believed that the proposed legislation would have abrogated Indian Treaties, quantified and limited water rights, and denied other rights to Native peoples.

The walk began with a ceremony on Alcatraz Island, where a Sacred Pipe was loaded with tobacco. The Pipe was carried the entire distance. This 3,200-mile (5,100 km) Walk’s purpose was to educate people about the US government’s continuing threat to Tribal Sovereignty; it rallied thousands representing many Indigenous Nations throughout the United States and Canada. Traditional spiritual leaders from many tribes participated, leading traditional ceremonies.

On July 15, 1978, “The Longest Walk” entered Washington D.C. with several thousand Indians and a number of non-Indian supporters. After the walkers arrived in Washington D.C., the US Congress voted against a proposed bill to abrogate treaties with Indian Nations and passed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

More info on The Longest Walk.


Day 250

The meeting at Maryborough. – Noonie


Day 251: 6am

[Guest Post] Aunty Sue Rankin , regional Elder of the Jarra people welcomes Clinton Pryor to Dja Dja land.
This historic event took place on Warn Bulg land , (a sub tribe of the Jarra nation who were exterminated during the gold rush),
It is the first welcome to performed on this land for 200 years and more.
It is good to see this land healing at last – Chris


Day 251: 8am

The signal were we are staying is not good and sometimes not at all. I do like it here. – Noonie


Day 251: 3.30pm

I just wanted to thank Lydia Shaw for talking this beautiful Photo.

Thank you Lydia shaw.


Day 251: 4pm

Fanny Balbuk was born at Matagarup, now called Heirisson Island, on the Swan River in 1840; it was 11 years after the colony was founded.

“It’s time to hear about her.”


Day 251: 8pm

[Guest Post] Clinton Pryor Is a First Nations Sovereign man walking from WA to Canberra for the Justice of our people.We will be welcoming Clinton into Dja Dja Wurrung Country with a Community Lunch at Lake Weroona on Sunday the 21st of May at 12 Noon. Any community members who are interested in coming along and sharing your stories aspirations and future visions of Justice for our people with Clinton you are most welcome to come along and connect. Please let us know if you are coming along friends for catering purposes. Thank you all. – Sue

 

Author: Clintonswalkforjustice

I’m a Wajuk, Balardung, Kija and a Yulparitja man from the West of Australia. I will be walking across country from Matagarup/Heirrison Island in Perth to Parliament House in Canberra, following songlines and visiting communities along the way, where I will eventually be seeking audience with the Prime Minister and address the many injustices against the First Nations people of this land.

2 thoughts on “Days 249 – 251: Maryborough”

  1. Hi Clinton & team, amazing walking so far! What are your plans for the next 2 weeks? When will you be making it to Melbourne? Will there be any events? We’d love to come & support you. We’re from Frankston.
    Peace & love
    Kathryn Woods

    1. Hi Kathryn, Clinton is about 230kms from Melb at the moment, we have an evening march planned for Tuesday 6th, ending at Fed Square (yet to be confirmed). Keep an eye on the FB Page for updates, Admin Gee will try get a website post done for Melb so that followers here can stay up to date too

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