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Robyn Edwards planting the tree with two local Aboriginal children.

Barnardos held a tree planting celebration to celebrate the 1965 Freedom Ride civil rights protests.

The tree was planted on the grass between the Wellington Local Court and the Wellington Police Station on Maughan Street.

The Freedom Ride was a series of protests throughout the  Central  West fighting for Aboriginal people’s civil rights.

Helena Stanley help to organise the planting and said there was a slight shift in the organisation’s program.

“We’ve got a special calendar that’s usually focused on [National] Sorry Day... we hadn’t done a Freedom Ride ceremony before,” Ms Stanley said.

Aboriginal  rights  activist Charlie Perkins and the Freedom Ride activists were honoured at the ceremony.