The Australasian South African Alliance (ASAA), the Australian High Commission and Constitution Hill present this comprehensive new exhibition that takes a photographic journey through Australia’s involvement in the fight against apartheid. South Africa and Australia had enjoyed close political and economic ties since 1947 until Australia finally joined the international isolation campaign of South Africa, establishing an oil, trade and arms embargo as well as a 'Stop the Tours' boycott aimed at South Africa's cricket and rugby teams.
The exhibition Memories of the Struggle: Australians Against Apartheid began in 2013 as the brainchild of South African curator and designer Angus Leendertz. An anti-apartheid activist, Leendertz emigrated to Australia in 1980, and recently began tracing the stories of fellow activists who protested in Australia during the apartheid era.
Though focused on Australia, the exhibition shares the unsung tales of social justice activists around the world who supported the anti-apartheid struggle. These include effective campaigns such as the UK armament factory blockades and the 'Boycott Outspan Oranges' movement that challenged racist structures in Holland.