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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

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

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

Series 2. Anthropology, 1958-77

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

Series 3. Aborigines Advancement League, 1958-69

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

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

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
File [unnumbered]. 6 files, 1960-74, including: Lake Tyers, 1962 and Struggle for dignity - Box 7

Series 5. Industrial, 1951-70

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

Series 6. Queensland, 1961-81

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
Item . Petition form. Entitled 'How equal is an Aborigine on ₤3/3/3 a week?'
Not Available Online
Item . Petition form. Entitled 'Should a Queensland Aborigine stil beg for his own wages?'.
Not Available Online
Item . Photograph, five Aboriginal students with placards, c.1971.
Not Available Online
Item . Pamphlet 'The Aboriginal and the cattleman: the truth about the award wages battle in the N.T.'
Not Available Online
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
Item . Pamphlet 'Aborigines and Islanders are working together!'
Not Available Online
Item . Pamphlet 'The Hopevale Mission flogging'.
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Item . Pamphlet 'Have the natives of W.A. been the victims of a Confidence Trick'.
Not Available Online
File [unnumbered]. Lockhart River Post Office, 1980-81 - Box 13
File [unnumbered]. Hopevale Mission flogging, 1961-80 (3 files) - Box 13
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
Item . Petition form. Entitled 'To the Honourable Members in Parliament assembled'.
Not Available Online

Series 7. Northern Territory, 1952-64

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
Albert Namatjira news cuttings
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Series 8. Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, 1958-78

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
Item . Citizenship referendum national petition form. Entitled 'Towards equal citizenship for Aborigines'.
Not Available Online
Item . Citizenship referendum national petition question-and-answer information sheet. Entitled 'Towards equal citizenship for Aborigines'.
Not Available Online
Item . 'The welfare of the Aborigines of Gove Peninsula'. Statement in the House of Representatives by Paul Hasluck.
Not Available Online
Item . Federal Council for Aboriginal Advancement press release regarding objections to Penchiney Lease claims.
Not Available Online
Item . 'Report on Yirrkala, Northern Territory, and bauxite deposit leases', visit by G.M. Bryant and K. Beazley, 1963.
Not Available Online
Item . Pamphlet, 'Methodist policy on Aborigines: a big job for eleven million Australians'
Not Available Online
Item . Leaflet, 'Northern Territory Council for Aboriginal Rights (Inc.): program for improved living standards for Northern Territory Aborigines', David Daniels and Dexter Daniel.
Not Available Online
File [unnumbered]. 9 administrative files, 1960-67 - Box 17
File [unnumbered]. 9 administrative files, 1968-73 - Box 18
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
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

Series 9. Non Aboriginal Interests, 1964-72

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

Series 10. Printed Material

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

Class MS 7992. Consignment received 27 July 1994

Series [unnumbered]. Aborigines, general, 1960 - 1971

File 1-6. Registration of Births 1960s, 71 - Box 27
File 1-6. Statistics Dept Law (C'wlth States) - Box 27
File 1-6. Referendum 27 May 1967 - Box 27
File 1-6. Correspondence 1964 - 71 - Box 27
File 1-6. Social Services, General 1960s - Box 27
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
File 1-6. Biography by Mavis Thorpe Clarke - Box 27

Series [unnumbered]. Industrial, 1961-1973

File 7-9. Transcripts, Cattle Station Industry Award (Northern Territory), 1965 - Box 28
File 7-9. Equal wages Aborigines, 1965-73 - Box 28
File 7-9. Petitions - Box 28
File 7-9. Wages employment committee - Box 28
File 7-9. Wages and awards - letter NT 1961 - Box 28
File 10-16. QLD Hopevale floggings 1967 - Box 28
File 10-16. Missions and reserves - Box 28
File 10-16. Correspondence, 1967-71 - Box 28
File 10-16. Declaration of Rights, 1960 - Box 28
File 10-16. Statistics of wages, 1962 - Box 28
File 10-16. WA Correspondence Don McLeod 1950s - Box 28
File 10-16. Don Stuart and novel 'Yandy' - Box 28
File 10-16. Permission to enter Native Reserve Port Headland - Box 28
File 10-16. NT Statement by Paul Hasluck, Minister for Territories, 1952 - Box 28
File 10-16. Trip to NT Joe McGinness - Box 28
File 10-16. Northern Territory Council for Aboriginal Rights - Box 28
File 10-16. Appeal from Supreme Court NT to High Court Australia, Albert Namatjira and Gordon Edgar Raabe - Box 28
Item . 'The facts on wage discrimination against Aborigines', information pamphlet.
Not Available Online
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.
Not Available Online

Series [unnumbered]. Federal Council for Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, 1964 - 77

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

Series [unnumbered]. Non-Aboriginal Interests

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

Series [unnumbered]. Printed material

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

Class MS Acc02.180. Consignment added 2002

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

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

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.