Guide to the Papers of Barry Christophers

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Collection Summary

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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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

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

Series 2. Anthropology, 1958-77

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

Series 3. Aborigines Advancement League, 1958-69

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

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

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

Series 5. Industrial, 1951-70

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

Series 6. Queensland, 1961-81

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

Series 7. Northern Territory, 1952-64

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

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.

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

Series 9. Non Aboriginal Interests, 1964-72

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

Series 10. Printed Material

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

Class MS 7992. Consignment received 27 July 1994

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

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

Series [unnumbered]. Industrial, 1961-1973

Transcripts, Cattle Station Industry Award (Northern Territory), 1965 (File 7-9) - Box 28
Equal wages Aborigines, 1965-73 (File 7-9) - Box 28
Petitions (File 7-9) - Box 28
Wages employment committee (File 7-9) - Box 28
Wages and awards - letter NT 1961 (File 7-9) - Box 28
QLD Hopevale floggings 1967 (File 10-16) - Box 28
Missions and reserves (File 10-16) - Box 28
Correspondence, 1967-71 (File 10-16) - Box 28
Declaration of Rights, 1960 (File 10-16) - Box 28
Statistics of wages, 1962 (File 10-16) - Box 28
WA Correspondence Don McLeod 1950s (File 10-16) - Box 28
Don Stuart and novel 'Yandy' (File 10-16) - Box 28
Permission to enter Native Reserve Port Headland (File 10-16) - Box 28
NT Statement by Paul Hasluck, Minister for Territories, 1952 (File 10-16) - Box 28
Trip to NT Joe McGinness (File 10-16) - Box 28
Northern Territory Council for Aboriginal Rights (File 10-16) - Box 28
Appeal from Supreme Court NT to High Court Australia, Albert Namatjira and Gordon Edgar Raabe (File 10-16) - Box 28
Item . 'The facts on wage discrimination against Aborigines', information pamphlet.
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.

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

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

Series [unnumbered]. Non-Aboriginal Interests

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

Series [unnumbered]. Printed material

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


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