Item Q2.24 - Richard Martin - Black artist

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Richard Martin - Black artist


  • 1973 (Creation)

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1 leaf, 2 pages ; 26 - 34 cm

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The Queensland United Council for Aboriginal Welfare representative, Joe McGinness, attended the first conference in Adelaide in 1958 that gave rise to the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. Joe McGinness was also secretary of the Cairns Aboriginal and Islanders Advancement League. It was Ada Bromham who unified Queensland social activists to form the Queensland Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (QCAATSI). Daisy Marchisotti was heavily involved in this organisation together with Indigenous political activist Odgeroo Noonuccal, who was the Queensland State Secretary in the 1960s. QCAATSI acted as the state branch for the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islands (FCAATSI). The main objectives were: to work for complete social, political, legal and economic equality for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders; to seek the integration of Aborigine's and Torres Strait Islanders within the community while preserving valuable aspects of their culture; to provide various services to encourage self-reliance and economic independence among Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. In 1961 a group of members considered to be less inclined with political activism split to form One People of Australia League (OPAL). By 1975 the Council was effectively defunct

Publicists - Colin Bennett, Manfred Cross, Bob Cochrane, H. Gurnett, Muriel Langford, L.G. McBride, Daisy Marchisotti, Royce Perkins, J. Sweet, Kath Walker.

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Amnesty International Queensland Section (1972? -).
Objectives - To work for the release of people imprisoned anywhere for their beliefs, colour, ethnic origin or religion, provided they have neither used nor advocated violence; to oppose torture and capital punishment and advocate fair and speedy trials for all political prisoners; to seek observance of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.
Notes: No A.I. minutes exist before 1972 The organization may have been active at an earlier date. A.I. has consultative status with United Nations bodies and the Council of Europe.

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The cover letter which accompanies the two page leaflet is signed by L. G. McBride, who was part of the Committee for the Release of Richard Martin and president of the Queensland Council for the Advancement of Aborigines & Torres Islanders. It is dated 4 September 1973. The leaflet gives an account of the life of Richard Martin. There are two copies of the leaflet. One copy says: "published by Amnesty International, Queensland Section and the Queensland Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders." The second copy of the leaflet says "Authorized by E. Bertossi", August 1973.

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Updated as part of the appraisal of UQFL191 Constance Healy Papers by Linda Justo on 21-Nov-2019. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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