Indigenous talent has thrived at the Port Adelaide Football Club which has had 54 Aboriginal players since 1953. Richie Bray (pictured on the wing) was one of them. The club is turning 150 years old in 2020. Story by JOHN P McD SMITH.
More than 50 boys, many of whom became national defenders of Aboriginal rights, high level public servants and outstanding sportsmen, lived at St Francis’ House in Adelaide from 1945 to 1959. Many came from Alice Springs and St John’s Hostel and other places in the Northern Territory. This is the final part of our series about this outstanding facility.
More than 50 boys lived at St Francis House from 1945 to 1959. Many came from Alice Springs and other places in the NT. Some of their stories have been lost. Some of their stories are incomplete or records missing. With help from people in Alice Springs and elsewhere we have been able to bring together this series, “Kids from the Alice.” By MARK J SMITH. Pictured are L-R - Jim Foster, David Woodford, Peter Tilmouth, Malcolm Cooper at St Francis House in the 1950s.
Ken Hampton was a junior athletics champion and won the 1961 Bay Sheffield 130-yard race in 12.4 seconds. He became a community leader and Anglican deacon, and the first Aboriginal Justice of Peace in South Australia. By John P McD Smith.
University graduate, soccer star, activist, senior public servant and successful businessman: Removed child John Moriarty rose to the top of Australia's public life, with Alice Springs at the crossroads of his extraordinary achievements. MARK J SMITH chronicles them. Photo: John and Ros Moriarty with the Qantas Dreamliner whose livery their company created. Two-time Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes is in the centre.
Les" Nayda (at left), born in Alice Springs in 1943, became the longest serving Aboriginal public servant in Australia and the first dedicated policy adviser on Aboriginal Affairs to a State Premier. By JOHN P McD SMITH. At right: St John's Hostel in Bath Street, Alice Springs.
Our new series about high achievers from The Centre begins with the story of Malcolm Cooper who headed up a group of activists instrumental in the historic 1967 Referendum. He is pictured third from right, with a delegation of Aboriginal representatives who met with Prime Minister Robert Menzies in 1963. The author of this series, MARK J SMITH, is the grandson of Father Percy Smith who was the first resident Anglican priest in Alice Springs from 1933 and founder, with his wife Isabel, of St Francis’ House, home for Aboriginal children.