Redmond Barry Fellowship public lecture
‘Yours faithfully: Writing Letters for the Council for Aboriginal Rights, 1952-1961’
Professor Jennifer Clark, Head of School, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, The University of Adelaide and 2015 Redmond Barry Fellow.
Dulcie Hollyock Room, ground floor, Baillieu Library.
Professor Jennifer Clark will present the outcomes of her research into the papers of the Council for Aboriginal Rights (CAR) in Yours faithfully: Writing Letters for the Council for Aboriginal Rights, 1952-1961. These papers are one of the most important national resources for understanding recent Aboriginal History and the pursuit of indigenous civil rights. Melbourne University science alumnus, Shirley Andrews, was its honorary secretary between 1952 and 1961. Her letters are rich and revealing. They reflect the thinking within CAR and record its actions but they also demonstrate the importance of the letter as a mechanism to build networks and reach a wide audience. Professor Clark's project examines the first ten years of CAR through the lens of Shirley Andrew's letters.