Guide to the Papers of Barry Christophers

MS 7992 et al

National Library of Australia

Collection Summary

Title
Papers of Barry Christophers
Date Range
1951-2003
Collection Number
MS 7992 et al
Extent
6.45 metres (31 boxes, 6 cartons)
Language of Materials
English
Repository
National Library of Australia

Introduction

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2943408).

Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Barry Christophers, National Library of Australia, [class number, box number and series and/or file number]'.

Arrangement

The c. 250 files in this collection were in no discernible order when they were received by the Library in 1989. The following arrangement is therefore one devised by staff of the Manuscripts Section.

Separated Materials

Copies of the following serials in Box 26 were sent to Australian Selection at the time of sorting:

Aboriginal and islander forum, 1975-8

• Origin, 1969-72

Aboriginal quarterly, 1968-9.

Item Descriptions

Class MS 7992. Original Consignment received 1989 Show allonly 1

Comprises approximately 250 files containing correspondence, minutes, news cuttings, pamphlets, petitions, reports, ronoed documents, addresses, transcripts, material pertaining to Supreme and Industrial Court matters, newsletters and other papers relating chiefly to Aboriginal affairs throughout Australia. The principal correspondents include Frank Stevens, Josie Briggs, Gordon Bryant and Joe McGinness.

Contained in 30 boxes.

Series 1. Aborigines, general, 1957-74 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Tasmanian natives, 1958 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Warburton natives, WA, 195-79 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Alcohol Robert Tudawali case, 1959-62 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Max Brown, 1961 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. 4th National Aboriginal Conference, 1961 - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. General files, 1957-65 (4 files) - Box 1 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Yallourn investigation and Report on Aboriginal Welfare, 1965 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Social services, 1965-6 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Drug dependence, 1966-73 (7 files) - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Nancy Young, 1969 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Jim Keefe visit to Bamaga, 1971 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Frank Stevens, 1970-73 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Whitlam's statement, 1973 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. National Aboriginal Consultative Council, 1973 - Box 2 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. General files, 1967-73 (6 files) - Box 3 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Richard Martin, 1973-74 - Box 3 Show allonly 1

Series 2. Anthropology, 1958-77 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Use of dingos, 1958-9 - Box 4 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Anthropology, 1964-77 (6 files) - Box 4 Show allonly 1

Series 3. Aborigines Advancement League, 1958-69 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. 8 files including: Gordon Bryant/Jim Davidson affair, 1964 - Box 5 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Smoke signals Committee - Box 5 Show allonly 1

Series 4. Council for Aboriginal Rights (Victoria), 1953-74 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. 6 files, 1953-63, including: Save the Aborigines Committee; Murray Jones case, Bendigo, 1955-8; Reserves, health, education; WA kangaroo water poisoning, 1960-61 - Box 6 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. 6 files, 1960-74, including: Lake Tyers, 1962 and Struggle for dignity - Box 7 Show allonly 1

Series 5. Industrial, 1951-70 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Equal Wages for Aborigines Committee, 1963-67 (12 files) - Box 8 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Newcastle Waters and Wave Hill disputes, Northern Territory, 1966 (4 files) - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. North Australian Workers Union, 1951-67 (3 files) - Box 9 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Awards and wages in the pastoral industry, 1954-70 (13 files) - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Equal wages for Aborigines/Frank Stevens (ANU), 1968 - Box 10 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Wages and awards correspondence, 1968-70 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. ALCOA/Weipa/BWIU, 1964-7 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Aircraft industry award, 1966-7 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Cooperatives, 1959-61 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Employment opportunities, 1967 - Box 11 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Seminar on the Problems of Aboriginal Employment, Wages and Training Monash University, 1966 - Box 11 Show allonly 1

Series 6. Queensland, 1961-81 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. 24 files on the campaign to abolish the system whereby Aboriginal wages were lodged in trust accounts with the Commonwealth Bank, 1963-73 - Box 12 Show allonly 1
Item . Petition form. Entitled 'How equal is an Aborigine on ₤3/3/3 a week?' Show allonly 1
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Item . Petition form. Entitled 'Should a Queensland Aborigine stil beg for his own wages?'. Show allonly 1
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Item . Photograph, five Aboriginal students with placards, c.1971. Show allonly 1
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Item . Pamphlet 'The Aboriginal and the cattleman: the truth about the award wages battle in the N.T.' Show all (4) Show allonly 1
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File [unnumbered]. 15 files on resistance to the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders Acts of 1965 and 1971 (including petitions and electoral campaigns), 1965-77 - Box 13 Show allonly 1
Item . Pamphlet 'Aborigines and Islanders are working together!' Show allonly 1
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Item . Pamphlet 'The Hopevale Mission flogging'. Show all (4) Show allonly 1
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Item . Pamphlet 'Have the natives of W.A. been the victims of a Confidence Trick'. Show all (3) Show allonly 1
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File [unnumbered]. Lockhart River Post Office, 1980-81 - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Hopevale Mission flogging, 1961-80 (3 files) - Box 13 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. 19 files on resistance to the 1971 Act, including the case of Jack and Annie Hansen versus the Director of Aboriginal Affairs and the overiding federal legislation introduced by the Whitlam government, 1970-77 - Box 14 Show allonly 1
Item . Petition form. Entitled 'To the Honourable Members in Parliament assembled'. Show allonly 1
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Series 7. Northern Territory, 1952-64 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. 7 files including: Statements by Paul Hasluck, Minister for Territories; Antislavery questionnaire, n.d; Albert Namitjira's imprisonment, 1958-9; Newscuttings on Aboriginal conditions - Box 15 Show allonly 1

Series 8. Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, 1958-78 Show allonly 1

Note: Papers re the Queensland trust funds campaign in Series 6.

File [unnumbered]. 16 administrative files, 1958-69, including: Citizenship referendum; Yirrkala; Marriage; Federal Conference - Box 16 Show allonly 1
Item . Citizenship referendum national petition form. Entitled 'Towards equal citizenship for Aborigines'. Show allonly 1
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Item . Citizenship referendum national petition question-and-answer information sheet. Entitled 'Towards equal citizenship for Aborigines'. Show allonly 1
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Item . 'The welfare of the Aborigines of Gove Peninsula'. Statement in the House of Representatives by Paul Hasluck. Show all (4) Show allonly 1
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Item . Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement press release regarding objections to Penchiney Lease claims. Show allonly 1
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Item . 'Report on Yirrkala, Northern Territory, and bauxite deposit leases', visit by G.M. Bryant and K. Beazley, 1963. Show all (9) Show allonly 1
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Item . Pamphlet, 'Methodist policy on Aborigines: a big job for eleven million Australians' Show all (4) Show allonly 1
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Item . Leaflet, 'Northern Territory Council for Aboriginal Rights (Inc.): program for improved living standards for Northern Territory Aborigines', David Daniels and Dexter Daniel. Show allonly 1
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File [unnumbered]. 9 administrative files, 1960-67 - Box 17 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. 9 administrative files, 1968-73 - Box 18 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. 16 files, 1971-4, including: Political; Press articles and letters; National Bureau of Aboriginal Affairs; Annual Conference; Post Master General; Ruth Kaplon/D. Craigie - Box 19 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. 10 files, 19757-8, including: National Aboriginal and Islander Liberation Movement; Papua New Guinea border ; Advancement Party (North Qld); Mrs Lena Murgha - Box 20 Show allonly 1

Series 9. Non Aboriginal Interests, 1964-72 Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. 16 files on medical certificates, 1966-72, including files on state and federal awards and the Australian Medical Association - Box 21 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Amnesty International, 1969-70 - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Honoraries and war service, 1967, including job applications - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Council for Civil Liberties (NSW and Victoria), 1965-8 - Box 22 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. AMA Inter Suburban Subdivision, 1964-6 - Box 22 Show allonly 1

Series 10. Printed Material Show allonly 1

File [unnumbered]. Unsorted pamphlets, newsletters, roneoed material, newscuttings and reports, 1960s and 1970s - Box 23-25 Show allonly 1
File [unnumbered]. Various acts, regulations and ordinances re aboriginal affairs, 1950s-60s - Box 26 Show allonly 1

Class MS 7992. Consignment received 27 July 1994 Show allonly 1

Series [unnumbered]. Aborigines, general, 1960 - 1971 Show allonly 1

File 1-6. Registration of Births 1960s, 71 - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 1-6. Statistics Dept Law (C'wlth States) - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 1-6. Referendum 27 May 1967 - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 1-6. Correspondence 1964 - 71 - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 1-6. Social Services, General 1960s - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 1-6. Addresses and Reports, including: Address of John Gorton, PM 1968, reports by J McGinness, Stan Smith, Neville Bonner, Shirley Andrews, Herbert Groves and Anna Vroland - Box 27 Show allonly 1
File 1-6. Biography by Mavis Thorpe Clarke - Box 27 Show allonly 1

Series [unnumbered]. Industrial, 1961-1973 Show allonly 1

File 7-9. Transcripts, Cattle Station Industry Award (Northern Territory), 1965 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 7-9. Equal wages Aborigines, 1965-73 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 7-9. Petitions - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 7-9. Wages employment committee - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 7-9. Wages and awards - letter NT 1961 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 10-16. QLD Hopevale floggings 1967 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 10-16. Missions and reserves - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 10-16. Correspondence, 1967-71 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 10-16. Declaration of Rights, 1960 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 10-16. Statistics of wages, 1962 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 10-16. WA Correspondence Don McLeod 1950s - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 10-16. Don Stuart and novel 'Yandy' - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 10-16. Permission to enter Native Reserve Port Headland - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 10-16. NT Statement by Paul Hasluck, Minister for Territories, 1952 - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 10-16. Trip to NT Joe McGinness - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 10-16. Northern Territory Council for Aboriginal Rights - Box 28 Show allonly 1
File 10-16. Appeal from Supreme Court NT to High Court Australia, Albert Namatjira and Gordon Edgar Raabe - Box 28 Show allonly 1
Item . 'The facts on wage discrimination against Aborigines', information pamphlet. Show all (4) Show allonly 1
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Item . 'Queensland Aborigines: official statistics of wages of Queensland Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders seized by the Department of Native Affairs 1937-1958 and still retained 1962. Show all (3) Show allonly 1
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Series [unnumbered]. Federal Council for Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, 1964 - 77 Show allonly 1

File 17-18. Federal Council for Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders correspondence and printed material - Box 29 Show allonly 1

Series [unnumbered]. Non-Aboriginal Interests Show allonly 1

File 19-20. Poisons Act and drugs of addiction 1962 - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 19-20. Drugs 1969,70 - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 19-20. Flying Doctor Service 1964 - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 19-20. National Health Scheme - Box 29 Show allonly 1
File 19-20. Medical certificates - Box 29 Show allonly 1

Series [unnumbered]. Printed material Show allonly 1

File 21-25. Various acts, regulations and ordinances 1928, 1946, 1950s-60s (2 files) - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 21-25. Aborigines Advancement League 1961-69 - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 21-25. Council for Aboriginal Rights. Kath Walker - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 21-25. Communist Party material - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 21-25. Aboriginal Legal Service (1 file) - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 21-25. Queensland Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders Monthly Bulletin 1962-75 - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 21-25. Federal Council for Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders news 1970-71 - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 21-25. Aboriginal-Australian Fellowship Monthly Bulletin 1962 (1 file) - Box 30 Show allonly 1
File 21-25. Pamphlets (1 file) - Box 30 Show allonly 1

Class MS Acc02.180. Consignment added 2002 Show allonly 1

Comprises files of correspondence, reports, conference papers and cuttings relating to Christophers' involvement in the FCAATSI and his interest in indigenous issues generally. The instalment also includes files on the case of Aboriginal stockman John Belia.

Contained in 3 cartons.

Class MS Acc04.105. Consignment added 2004 Show allonly 1

Comprises correspondence, typescripts, wage statements, press releases, newsletters, newspaper cuttings, printed material and other papers. The papers largely relate to Chrisophers' involvement with FCAATSI and his interest in indigenous issues, the trust fund campaign and the 1967 referendum, and, more recently, the 1995 Cultural Diversity Conference and the death of Joe McGinness in 2003. There are also offprints of two articles by Christophers relating to the surgeon Frederic Wood Jones, 1995-1996.

Contained in 1 box.

Class MS Acc05.109. Consignment added 2005 Show allonly 1

Comprises reports, articles and correspondence relating to the Petford Training Farm, 1989-2002, Cape York Justice Study by Justice Tony Fitzgerald, 2001, and related papers.

Contained in 3 cartons.