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The day of the Orange Chat

2008.0029.0005

The day of the Orange Chat

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A newspaper clipping which features crossword puzzles. A handwritten note at the bottom of the page reads in part "the day of the Orange Chat" and is dated 5/9/87.

Statement of significance

The Barry Christophers collection consists of a glass hypodermic syringe, stethoscope, prescription pad, photograph and five newspaper clippings. These personal items belonged to Barry Christophers and are in good condition.

Trained as a medical doctor, from 1963 to 1973 Dr Barry Christophers (born 1922) was secretary of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) Equal Wages Committee. During the 1940s Christophers had been a student of Frederick Wood Jones (1879-1954), a scientist with a humanitarian regard for Aboriginal Australians and later Professor of Anatomy at Melbourne University. Christophers' activism was inspired by reading Woods' article 'Claims of the Australian Aborigine'. Christophers led several FCAATSI campaigns to overturn discrimination towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, such as the withholding of wages and the exclusion of Aboriginal people from the tuberculosis allowance in Queensland. Christophers lifelong friendship and collaboration with Aboriginal activist Joe McGinness (1914 - 2003) was crucial in many of these campaigns. These medical instruments, a stethoscope, prescription pad and syringe, assist to elaborate on the intertwined themes of Christophers' medical education and its impact on his activism in campaigning for equal rights for all Australians. The newspaper clippings and photograph highlight the personal friendship between Barry Christophers and Joe McGinness that sustained their professional work.

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