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Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 April 1938
"THE ABO CALL" &nbsp; Send us news of Aborigines in all districts, also reports of treatment, for printing in "The Abo Call". Address letters to J. T. Patten, Box 1924 KK, G.P.O., Sydney. &nbsp; Printed for John Thomas Patten, Alfred Road, Dee Why, by Stafford Printery, 13 Levey Street, Chippendale, Sydney, N.S.W.
OUR TEN POINTS Deputation to the Prime Minister [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 April 1938
OUR TEN POINTS Deputation to the Prime Minister The following is a full copy of the statement made to the Prime Minister at the Deputation of Aborigines on 31st January last. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Dame Enid Lyons and by Mr. Mc- Ewan, Minister of the Interior. The Deputation consisted of twenty Aborigines, men and women, and Mr. Lyons gave a hearing of two hours to the statement of our case. Please read these "ten points" care- fully, as this is the only official state- &nbsp; ment of our aims and objects that has yet been made. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; TO THE RIGHT HON. THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA. MR. J. A. LYONS, P.C., C.H., M.H.R. Sir, &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; In respectfully placing before you the following POLICY FOR ABORIG- INES. We wish to state that this policy has been endorsed by a Conference of Aborigines, held in Sy...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 April 1938
To all Aborigines ! "The Abo Call" is our own paper. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; It has been established to present the case for Aborigines, from the point of view of the Aborigines themselves. &nbsp; This paper has nothing to do with missionaries, or anthropolo- gists, or with anybody who looks down on Aborigines as an "infer- ior" race. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; We are NOT an inferior race, we have merely been refused the chance of education that whites receive. "The Abo Call" will show &nbsp; &nbsp; that we do not want to go back to the Stone Age. Representing 60,000 Full Bloods and 20,000 Halfcastes in Aus- tralia, we raise our voice to ask for Education, Equal Opportunity, &nbsp; and Full Citizen Rights. "The Abo Call" will be published once a month. Price 3d. The Editor asks all Aborigines and Halfcastes to support the paper, by buying it and also by ...
EASTER MEETING [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 April 1938
EASTER MEETING A general meeting of Aborigines will be held at La Perouse Reserve on Easter &nbsp; &nbsp; Sunday (17th April). The main purpose of the meeting is to adopt a Constitution and Rules for the Aborigines Progressive Association, also election of officers. Please make a big effort to attend this important meeting, which will put our fight for Citizen Rights on a proper legal footing. SELECT COMMITTEE The Select Committee upon the Ad- ministration of the Aborigines Protection Board (New South Wales) took a lot of evidence, and then dissolved without making a report. The Select Committee was a farce, as most of the evidence concerned the dis- missal of Manager Brain from Brewar- rina, and there was no time to present full evidence about the conditions of the 10,000 Aborigines and Halfcastes of &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; New South Wales. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Parliament was more worried about one white ma...
OUR HISTORIC DAY OF MOURNING & PROTEST ABORIGINES CONFERENCE. Held at Australian Hall, Sydney, 26th January, 1938. REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 April 1938
OUR HISTORIC DAY OF MOURNING & PROTEST ABORIGINES CONFERENCE. Held at Australian Hall, Sydney, 26th January, 1938. REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS About 100 persons of Aboriginal blood attended the conference. Proceedings were delayed at the start owing to the Official Sesqui-Centenary Procession. TELEGRAMS Telegrams were received from West Australia, Queensland, North Australia, and also a very large number of letters from Aborigines all over Australia, ex- pressing support of the Conference. PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS 1.30 p.m. Mr. J. T. Patten, President, said : On this day the white people are rejoicing, but we, as Aborigines, have no reason to rejoice on Australia's 150th birthday. Our purpose in meeting today is to bring home to the white people of Australia the frightful conditions in which the native Aborigines of this continent live. This land belonged to our forefathers &nbsp; 150 years ago, but today we are pushed &nbsp; further and further into the background. The...
Aborigines Progressive Association GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON Easter Sunday, 17th April, 1938. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 April 1938
Aborigines Progressive Association GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON Easter Sunday, 17th April 1938. EXPLANATION : At the Conference of Aborigines held in Sydney on 26th January last, I was elected President of the Aborigines Progressive Association; but I find it impossible to carry on my duties in a proper business and legal manner until the Association adopts a Constitution and set of Rules for the guidance of Officers and Members. I have therefore called a General Meeting of Abo- rigines, to be held at La Perouse on Easter Sunday (17th April) next, as per the attached notice. All Australian Aborigines are cordially invited to attend this Meeting and are asked to study the Proposed Constitution and Rules very carefully in advance, so that our Association may be placed on a proper footing. Please pass this notice around among Aborigines, and do your best to secure a big attendance at this important Meeting. Signed J. T. Patten, President. NOTICE A GENERAL MEETING OF ABORIGINES &am...
MASSACRES [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 April 1938
MASSACRES The "Sydney Morning Herald" has re- cently published letters in which an at- tempt was made to deny that Aborigines were massacred in the early days. We have definite evidence, which will be published in future numbers of "The Abo Call", that massacres occurred in almost every district of Australia, and that the blacks were shot down and pois- oned like dingoes. Why are white people such hypocrites as to deny that they have treated us badly? We ask them to face up to the truth, and to give us a fair deal now, to make up for past atrocities.
CAPRICORNIA [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 April 1938
CAPRICORNIA The following is an extract from a novel entitled "Capricornia", written by Xavier Herbert, and recently published in Sydney, at The Publicist Bookshop, 209a Elizabeth Street, (price six shillings). The book describes life in North Australia, and the author shows deep sympathy, and understanding of the plight of Aborigines and Halfcastes. &nbsp; In the extract printed below, the author tells of a conversation between two white men. One man, PETER DIFFER, is a settler, who has a halfcaste &nbsp; daughter named CONNIE. &nbsp; The other man, OSCAR, is a grazier who is the uncle of a half- caste boy, named NAWNIM. &nbsp; &nbsp; The two white men are discussing the Aboriginal question, as it exists in North Australia. &nbsp; &nbsp; Now read on . . . That night Differ came to Oscar to see the papers that had come by the monthly mail from South. Oscar was glad to see that he was sober, even if reeking with &nbsp; d...
OBITUARY. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 May 1938
OBITUARY. &nbsp; We grieve to report the death of Mary, the wife of Monty Tickell, who died at Cronulla on 8th April and was buried at Rookwood Cemetery on 9th April. We also grieve to report the death of Ada, wife of Bertie Oatley, who died on 15th April, and was buried on 16th April at Botany Cemetery.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 May 1938
"The Abo Call" AGENTS WANTED Copies will be supplied to Agents, price 2/- per dozen, post &nbsp; free. &nbsp; Send cash with order to &nbsp; Box 1924 KK, General Post Office, &nbsp; Sydney, N.S.W. Printed for John Thomas Patten, Alfred Road, Dee Why, by Stafford Printery, 13 Levey Street, Chippendale, Sydney, N.S.W.
ROYAL COMMISSION URGENTLY NEEDED [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 May 1938
ROYAL COMMISSION URGENTLY NEEDED The Aborigines Progressive Associa- tion has a great deal of written evidence in hand concerning shocking and in- humane treatment of Aborigines by man- agers of Reserves in New South Wales. We call urgently for a Royal Commis- sion, so that we may make our charges in a place where these Managers can answer them, if they are able. We can prove corruption and mal- administration, also cruelty and misuse of power. On one station a manager keeps an Alsatian dog, which he sets on to aged Aborigines, when they ask for &nbsp; &nbsp; rations. We feel sure that the white community does not realise the atrocities occurring right here in New South Wales, in the name of "protection." These managers have literally power of life and death over Aborigines. They can withhold rations or blankets and starve our people to death. Many poor and sick Aborigines will shiver and freeze to death this winter, through offic- ial callousness and cruelty. The ma...
The Massacre at Myall Greek ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 May 1938
The Massacre at Myall Greek ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO. Attempts have been made to deny that Aborigines were massacred in the early days. "The Abo Call" intends to print a series of unden- iable historical records, to prove that such massacres did occur. The following is taken from a book entitled "Reminiscences of Thirty Years' Residence in New South Wales and Victoria," written by Judge Therry, a Supreme Court Judge, who tells the story entire- ly from official records. We print this extract from Judge Therry 's book, Chapter 16, page 271. The facts are impossible to deny. Soon after the arrival of Sir George Gipps, I was counsel with the Attorney- General in the prosecution of the parties to the atrocious crime I am about to re- late, of which, therefore, I am in a &nbsp; position to give accurate details. It is a case, I am aware, that has been written and spoken of lightly, and in a tone con- demnatory of the conduct of Government by some, in whose breasts, the gain that is ...
AN ECHO FROM THE PAST The Accusing Finger of History. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 May 1938
AN ECHO FROM THE PAST The Accusing Finger of History. The following is an extract from a let- ter written by Lord John Russell, English Colonial Secretary, to Sir George Gipps, Governor of New South Wales, dated 21st December, 1839. &nbsp; The letter is preserved in the official records of New South Wales, at the Mitchell Library, Sydney : Lord John Russell wrote : "You cannot over-rate the solici- tude of Her Majesty's Government for the natives. It is impossible to contemplate the conditions and the prospects of that unfortunate race without the deepest commiseration. It is impossible that the Government should forget that the original ag- gression was our own, and that we have never yet performed the sacred duty of making any system- atic or considered attempt to impart to the former occupiers of New South Wales the knowledge of arts and the advantages of civilised life." As in Lord John Russell's day, so it is today. The white community has not yet per- formed its sacred...
Halfcastes By One of Them. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 May 1938
Halfcastes By One of Them. It is said that God made the white man, and God also made the black woman, but the Devil made the Half- caste. This is why Halfcastes have such a Devil of a time. There are 20,000 Aboriginal Half- castes in Australia, and the number is certain to increase, particularly in North Australia. As Dr. Cook, so-called "protector" of Aborigines, has pointed out: — "It is only a matter of a few years before the Halfcaste popula- tion will approximate that of the white population." &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Dr. Cook stated that the white popu- lation of the Northern Teritory is 4,000 and the Halfcaste population is already 900, mostly young. &nbsp; Destiny of the Race. At the conference held at Canberra last year, at which "Protectors" from all States were present, the following resolution was carried :— &nbsp; "That the destiny of the natives &nbsp; of Aboriginal origin, but not of the full-blood, lies in their ultimate ab...
PAGKSADDLE IMPRISONED JUDGE WELLS ADVOCATES FLOGGING OF ABORIGINES [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 May 1938
PACKSADDLE IMPRISONED JUDGE WELLS ADVOCATES FLOGGING OF ABORIGINES "Packsaddle", who was given his name &nbsp; by whitemen, has now been tried by a jury of whitemen in Darwin, with a whiteman, Judge Wells, on the Bench. He got whiteman's justice, four years in prison, and was not tried "by a jury of his peers". As the citizens of Darwin were talking of "lynching", we doubt whether this Aboriginal got a fair trial. If the Aborigines Progressive Associa- tion had sufficient funds, we would ap- peal for a re-trial in some less "colour- mad hole" than Darwin. Judge Wells was reported, in the Syd- ney papers of 21st April, as saying that "he regretted he could not order a flogging." "Flogging," he is reported to have said, "is the only punishment an Aborig- inal would appreciate." The Learned Judge said that mission- aries and anthropologists had advocated flogging as a suitable punishment for Aboriginal offenders. One hundred years ago, the same kind of punishment was considered...
New Hope for Old Australians ABORIGINES PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION FORMED ON PROPER LEGAL FOOTING. UNITED WE STAND [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 May 1938
New Hope for Old Australians ABORIGINES PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION FORMED ON PROPER LEGAL FOOTING. UNITED WE STAND Despite opposition from W. Ferguson, the well-known "corroboree" organiser of Dubbo, the Aborigines successfully held their import- ant General Meeting at La Perouse at Easter-time, and adopted a proper Constitution and Rules for the Aborigines Progressive Association. &nbsp; &nbsp; Now we can push on with our campaign for Full Citizen Rights. Ferguson attempted to wreck the Easter Sunday Meeting by moving a vote of censure on President J. T. Patten, and declared that he was going to expel Pat- &nbsp; ten from the Association ! Ferguson also declared himself to be President ! This took everybody by surprise, but there was a big laugh when the matter &nbsp; was put to the vote, and "Fergie" had only seven supporters for his attempted "expulsion order" against President Patten. These supporters consisted of Ferguson's son, three ladies, and th...
THE ABO CALL IN QUEENSLAND A Letter from Cherbourg. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 May 1938
THE ABO CALL IN QUEENSLAND A Letter from Cherbourg. When you sent "The Abo Call" to Jerry Jerome, he passed it to the boys, and they asked me to write and say it is just the thing. Jerry Jerome is getting old now, and he asked me to let you know he is with you in this great fight. Jerry made thousands of pounds in Brisbane and Sydney stadiums, and now he has not got a decent bed to sleep on, and he wants a stove to cook his tucker. It is time for somebody to wake the people up, and let them know how we are living. We are not living in our wild state now. There are a big majority has edu- cation, and speaks as well as a white man, yet we can't go out looking for jobs. We have to get a red paper called a permit to walk our own soil. We are treated as if Aborigines are a bad people, which we are not. We are good natured people. Why don't they let us live just like white people live? &nbsp; We want to handle our own money, so that we know what we are spending. We do not like to ...
THE ABO CALL IN DARWIN. Letter from Reuben Cooper. 15th April, 1938. [Newspaper Article] — The Australian Abo Call — 1 May 1938
THE ABO CALL IN DARWIN. Letter from Reuben Cooper. 15th April, 1938. I am writing to ask you for appoint- ment as a Darwin representative of the A.P.A. I am an Aboriginal Halfcaste, I own a sawmilling plant on Coburg Pen- insular, to the east of Darwin, and am in contact with practically all the Tribes in Arnheim Land, including those under the influence of the coastal mission stations. I was born in this locality. My father, a famous pioneer, established the station I control, and left it to me upon his death. It is my ambition to make my business of use to Aborigines. I have been gathering up Halfcaste youths and setting them to work on a co-operative basis, at the same time teaching them their responsibilities to their race. I myself am an educated man, having been sent to College in Adelaide by my late father. There are many wrongs to be righted in my district. The influence of the miss- ions on the wild natives is very bad in- deed. My station is a haven of refuge to such unfor...