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Background Information

Employment History

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

National Museum of Australia Incorporated

The API Network

Aboriginal

Affiliations

Victorian State Secretary
Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders

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AIATSIS - Alick Jackomos

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A Man of All Tribes: The Life of Alick Jackomos AIATSIS - Alick Jackomos

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The Life of Alick Jackomos
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Alick Jackomos was the son of Greek migrant parents, born in Collingwood, and growing up during the Great Depression. His is a remarkable life that recaptures stories of diverse communities and ways of life now vanished from sight.
From an adverturous boyhood growing up Greek in Melbourne, Jackomos survived war service, and became a travelling tent wrestler with Jimmy Sharman, whose boxing troupe was known Australia-wide.
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These shows relied heavily on Aboriginal boxers and audiences, and Jackomos actively crossed cultural boundaries and sought to associate with Aboriginal people when most of the population chose to shun them.
There are few stories concerning non-Aboriginal people who crossed over into the Aboriginal world as did Alick Jackomos. He became Doug Nicholls' apprentice in Aboriginal welfare work and activism for Aboriginal rights. His life is set in the context of evolving Aboriginal activism, yet there were moments of controversy as he was a non-Aboriginal man, with an Aboriginal family, living and moving in an Aboriginal world and working for Aboriginal causes.
All the while this man of little education collected a huge and remarkable photographic archive of Aboriginal Victorians and compiled over a thousand intricate genealogies.
Alick Jackomos was universally acknowledged as a person of rare humanity.


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Alick Jackomos, of Greek heritage, was married to Merle Morgan from Cummeragunja and was very much a part of the Melbourne-based Koorie community.
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From his early life growing up in Collingwood, as a soldier in the AIF during World War II, and as a member of the Jimmy Sharman boxing troupe, Alick Jackomos became friendly with many Aboriginal people all over the country.He worked closely with Pastor Doug Nicholls and was a welfare officer at the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Reserve.In 1964 Jackomos became the Victorian state secretary of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI), and was responsible for bringing to the Federal Conference the concerns of Victorian Aboriginal people.He held this position until 1967.Alick Jackomos was instrumental in organising the first Victoria-wide meetings of Koorie people in the mid 1960s, and in encouraging and supporting Aboriginal attendance at the annual conferences.
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Alick Jackomos is remembered by many for his ability to bring people together.After the tensions and politics during the day at the annual FCAATSI conferences in Canberra, Alick hosted concerts on Easter Saturday night where people would forget their differences.


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A Man of All Tribes: the life of Alick Jackomos

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Alick Jackomos was the son of Greek migrant parents, born in Collingwood, and growing up during the Great Depression. His is a remarkable life that recaptures stories of diverse communities and ways of life now vanished from sight. From an adventurous boyhood growing up Greek in Melbourne, Jackomos survived war service, and became a travelling tent wrestler with Jimmy Sharman, whose boxing troupe was known Australia-wide.
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These shows relied heavily on Aboriginal boxers and audiences, and Jackomos actively crossed cultural boundaries and sought to associate with Aboriginal people when most of the population chose to shun them.


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Broome, R and Manning, C 2006, 'A Man of All Tribes': The Life of Alick Jackomos, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2006.


Alick Jackomos

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Alick Jackomos, of Greek heritage, was married to Merle Morgan from Cummeragunja and was very much a part of the Melbourne-based Koorie community.
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From his early life growing up in Collingwood, as a soldier in the AIF during the Second World War, and as a member of the Jimmy Sharman boxing troupe, Alick Jackomos became friendly with many Aboriginal people all over the country. He worked closely with Pastor Doug Nicholls and was a welfare officer at the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Reserve in Victoria. In 1964 Jackomos became the Victorian state secretary of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI), and was responsible for bringing to the Federal Conference the concerns of Victorian Aboriginal people. He held this position until 1967. Alick Jackomos was instrumental in organising the first Victoria-wide meetings of Koorie people in the mid 1960s, and in encouraging and supporting Aboriginal attendance at the annual conferences.
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Bruce McGuinness nominated Alick Jackomos.
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Alick described the tensions which arose when Aboriginal people were seeking to control their own affairs.
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But I also remember Kath Walker sayin', 'No Alick. You stay here!' Whether she realised I was Greek or thought I was Aboriginal. 'No, no,' she says, 'you stay here'.
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Alick Jackomos is remembered by many for his ability to bring people together. After the tensions and politics during the day at the annual FCAATSI conferences in Canberra, Alick hosted concerts on Easter Saturday night where people would forget their differences.
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Alick: Well there was always - Joe McGinness and his wife Amy used to do some dance - 'You love-a me I love-a you' - some Thursday Island [TI] thing there.
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Alick Jackomos recalled the crucial journey undertaken by Jean Jimmy to tell people in Canberra what was happening at Mapoon.
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Alick Jackomos recalled some strong Aboriginal leaders.
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Source: The extracts on this page are from an interview with Alick Jackomos conducted by Leanne Miller on 12 December 1996
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Richard Broome and Corinne Manning, A Man of All Tribes: The Life of Alick Jackomos, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, 2006

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