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Fighting Friendships
Dr Sue Taffe
Wednesday 5 November 2008
5.30 pm
Conference Room, free

While writing a history of the Federal Council for the
Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, Sue Taffe
became intrigued by the strength of personal relationships
which formed across cultures and over vast distances.
How did these relationships influence the ideas and actions
of people working from the mid-twentieth century for
Aboriginal rights and advancement? Pastor Sir Douglas
Nicholls was the most public of these people but others,
such as Stan Davey, Joe McGinness and Shirley Andrews,
contributed to campaigns for equal wages and for a
referendum to press for Federal power in Aboriginal affairs.
Dr Sue Taffe is an honorary research fellow at the Centre for
Australian Indigenous Studies at Monash University. Her Black
and White Together was short listed for the Crawford prize for
a first book of history in 2006. Her website Collaborating for
Indigenous Rights is hosted by the National Museum of Australia.