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'Sovereign Rights' (Literature Collection)

Postby Peter McLennan » Mon, 27 Jul 2015 5:17 pm

Here's a free event about a literary collection that may be of interest:

The event is called Sovereign Rights. It is on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 at VU at MetroWest in Footscray.

It is the second of the Game Changers Conversation Series, a free series presented by Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council as part of the Footscray University Town initiative.

The special guests are Dr Tony Birch and Dr Gary Edward Foley and the conversation will focus on the Foley Collection - the comprehensive archive collected by Dr Foley over his career, and housed at Victoria University. Between them, the pair has an impressive number of achievements and shared interests, so the conversation will be excellent.

There is a lack of academic attention given to primary historical sources of the self-determination movement as well as the lack of publicly available archival material. The conversation will focus on the uniqueness of the Foley Collection materials and the Aboriginal activists’ personal perspective on the history of the Aboriginal self-determination movement.


The Foley Archive is a unique collection of print, audio visual and digital works collected over the past 45 years by Aboriginal activist and academic Dr. Gary Foley. The collection covers the history of the aboriginal self determination and land rights movements, the development of aboriginal community survival programs and includes oral history interviews from aboriginal activists. It aims to provide organized access to key primary resources enabling Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to understand the activities and impact of Aboriginal activists and their struggles. The complete Foley Archive is currently housed at the Moondani Balluk Academic Unit at Victoria University. The collection is a major historic archive that comprises a broad range of primary source materials, including radio programs, news clippings, campaign material, video and film archives, personal papers and correspondence and key administrative documents. The open access format of some of the more significant material provides a crucial resource for scholars of recent aboriginal history by addressing the significant dearth of publically available material on the politics of the Aboriginal self-determination movement. The Foley Archive has enabled the research and publishing of multiple works by both Gary Foley himself and other publications. Resources from the collection will continue to be important for a range of educational and creative projects.

More information about the Foley Collection is here.

DATE: Wednesday, 26 August 2015
LOCATION: VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray
TIME: 6.30pm – 7.45pm (pop-up bar open from 5.30pm – 6.20pm)
REGISTRATION: [url=footscrayunitown.com.au]footscrayunitown.com.au[/url]
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