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  1. The first Aboriginal float entered in Mardi Gras in 1988 was in fact organised by Koori woman Josie King from Lismore & her partner at the time Libby Clinch a Noongar woman from Western Australia. We had 2 little kids on the float.
    Most of the people walking & pushing the float were women.Some of these women to name a few were Sally Carroll ,Lynette Miller,RACHEL Delaney, Sharon Townsend, Lesley Morris ,Tracey Priestley – French, Lynette Donovan.
    The first person to carry the Aboriginal flag up the guts of Oxford Street was Roger McKay from the Sandhills of Narrandera.

    Author:Esther Joy Montgomery

  2. Thank you for providing this beautifully expressed, invaluable documentation of the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander float in the Mardi Gras parade in 1988. I knew Malcolm as my partner’s best friend during the 90’s, up until his passing in 1995. I have included information that you and Esther have provided here, into the timeline history of First peoples entries in the Sydney Mardi Gras parade, with credits to you both and a link to your article. The timeline can be viewed at http://www.blackmardigras.net Sincerely, Tim Bishop.

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