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The Boys from St Francis: Stories of the Remarkable Aboriginal Activists, Artists and Athletes Who Grew Up in One Seaside Home
 

The Boys from St Francis: Stories of the Remarkable Aboriginal Activists, Artists and Athletes Who Grew Up in One Seaside Home (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Mallett, Ashley

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This remarkable true story pays tribute to a band of Aboriginal boys who grew up together in one group home - many succeeding spectacularly in later life. In 1945, Anglican priest Father Percy Smith brought six boys from their Northern Territory home to an Adelaide beach suburb. ...There, they became the first boys of St Francis, a place that would house 50 such boys over 11 years. Some were sent, with the blessing of their mothers, to gain an education. Others were members of the Stolen Generations. In their interviews with Ashley Mallett, many of these men recall Father Smith's kindness and care. His successors, however, were often brutal, and the boys faced prejudice in a wider world largely built to exclude Indigenous Australians. The Boys from St Francis is a multi-layered tale of triumph against the odds - using the early building blocks of education and sporting prowess. Many of them went on to become fiercely effective advocates for Aboriginal causes, achieving significant progress not just for themselves, but for Aboriginal people, changing their world for the better. Activist Charles Perkins, the first Indigenous man to receive a university degree, commenced his status as a national icon with the 1965 Freedom Rides.John Moriarty, the first Indigenous man picked for the national soccer team, designed the famous Dreaming images for five Qantas planes. Harold Thomascreated the iconic Aboriginal flag. Vince Copley played football for the Port Adelaide Magpies. George Kruger worked with Fred Hollows in remote Indigenous communities for nearly 20 years. The Boys from St Francis is a sometimes shocking, but ultimately hopeful book about black and white Australia, told through one constellation of lives, sharing one seaside address.
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ISBN 9781743055809
Published NZ 15 Oct 2018
Publisher Wakefield Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781743055809
Stock Available
Status In stock at supplier; delivery usually 20-30 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher Wakefield Press
Imprint Wakefield Press
Published 15 Oct 2018
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 2 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Mallett, Ashley
Category Biography & Autobiography
Indigenous Peoples
Australian
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 18mm
Dewey Code 362.73/2094231
Weight 350g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Priests - Australia - Adelaide SA, Children, Aboriginal Australian - Institutional care - Australia - Adelaide SA, Children, Aboriginal Australian - Relocation, Aboriginal Australians - Australia - Adelaide SA, Stolen generations Australia
NBS Text Biography: General
ONIX Text General/trade

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