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The Australian Abo Call

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Source: Trove [National Library of Australia]

Country: Australia

State: National

Issues of this title available in Elephind: 6

Items (articles and/or pages) from this title available in Elephind: 78

Earliest Date: 1 April 1938

Latest Date: 1 September 1938

From wikipedia

Front page of The Australian Abo Call April 1938

The Australian Abo Call was the first Aboriginal-focused publication printed in Australia.[1] There were a total of six issues, all published in 1938.[2] It was written and edited by John (Jack) Patten, co-founder of the Aborigines Progressive Association and featured news gathered by Patten on his travels through Eastern Australia, and from correspondents nation-wide.[3] The newspaper's tagline was "The Voice of the Aborigines".

William Ferguson who co-founded the Aborigines Progressive Association with Patten, was opposed to the publication of the Abo Call on the grounds that he believed it was a mouthpiece for its right wing financial backers P.R. Stephensen and J. B. Miles. Ferguson also considered the newspaper's title to be insulting towards Aborigines. In contemporary Australian use 'Abo' is considered an offensive term. Abo Call closed down after six months of publication, due to lack of funds.
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