The Block: Stories from a Meeting Place

Lyall Munro Jnr, 60, is a Kamilaroi political activist. Lyall grew up on an Aboriginal mission on the outskirts of Moree, in northwest NSW.

He first came to live in Redfern in 1967, where he became heavily involved in the ‘Redfern Black Power’ movement, which resulted in the creation of several Aboriginal community-controlled organisations.

Lyall was a founding member of the Aboriginal Housing Company, the NSW Aboriginal Legal Service and the Aboriginal Medical Service.

In 1973, he was elected Vice President of the first fully controlled Aboriginal Legal Service and dedicated 20 years of his life to the development of the organisation.

He has also been involved in various prominent state and national Aboriginal organisations and has been integral to innumerable political campaigns focused on the advancement of Aboriginal rights.

In recognition of his many achievements he was named NSW NAIDOC Aboriginal Person of the Year in 1992.

In 2009, he presented a copy of a petition for the recognition of Aboriginal rights started in 1934 by William Cooper to Prince William during his visit to Redfern. The petition had been forwarded to, but never reached by, the King over 80 years ago.

Lyall and his wife Jenny live in the inner city of Sydney and have been married for 40 years. They have seven children and 17 grandchildren.