The Resource Papers of Alick and Merle Jackomos

Papers of Alick and Merle Jackomos

Papers of Alick and Merle Jackomos
Papers of Alick and Merle Jackomos
Alick Jackomos was a foundation member of the Victorian Aborigines Advancement League which was begun in 1957 by Doug Nicholls. In 1962 he became a member of the Australian Aborigines League and convened the AAL's social sub-committee which organised the annual Aboriginal Ball, which ran from 1964 to 1984. Alick became presidnt of the AAL in 1963. In 1964 Alick became the Victorian State Secretary of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) and held the position until 1976. Alick held other Government postitions and from 1974 to 1989 he was a senior project officer with the Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs. Merle Jackomos (nee Morgan), of Yorta Yorta descent, grew up in Cummeragunja Aboriginal Station NSW. Merle and Alick organised fund raising dances and social functions to raise money to help meet the welfare needs of the metropolitan Aboriginal community. Merle also helped organise Aboriginal balls and cabarets in Melbourne and was on the Victorian NAIDOC committee from 1971 to 1983. She was involved in fundraising and welfare projects for the Ladies Auxillary of the VAAL (Victorian Aborigines Advancement League) and became Vice President from 1976 until 1986 when she became President. Merle was Vice President of the National Council of Aboriginal and Island Women from 1970 until 1979, helped found a girl's hostel in Northcote, and was a Director of Aboriginal Hostels Ltd from 1979-1984. Merle received the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for service to the Aboriginal community in 1985 and was included in the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2012. The collection includes papers, audio and pictorial material. Series 1 includes writings and collations by Merle and Alick Jackomos; series 2, material from magazine boxes, includes material about Official reports/acts of parliament; Cummeragunja and personalities; Missions/languages; Aboriginal leaders; Lake Tyers/Ramahyuck/Gippsland; FCAATSI; Football carnivals; Wrestling; Sideshow Alley; Castellorizo; Brochures; Invitations; Referendum/Census/NAC; Series 3 includes Loose miscellaneous documents, photographs and publications
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Papers of Alick and Merle Jackomos
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2.2 shelf metres (12 archive boxes)
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Closed Acess - Library Director's permission required for reading. Institute's permission required for copyiny and quotation in whole or part. Family permission is required to access genealogies
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  • Alick and Merle Jackomos's daughter Esmai Manahan
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    • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)Borrow it
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