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Papers of Al Grassby, 1965-1984 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1992986
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Grassby, A. J. (Albert Jaime), 1926-2005
 
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Description [1965-1984] 
8.70 m. (44 boxes) + 6 cartons + 1 fol. item. 
Summary

The papers in MS 7798 mainly comprise correspondence, papers relating to overseas visits, publications and press clippings relating to community relations. Other papers include press releases and speeches, 1965-1975, cabinet submissions no. 1-375, papers relating to immigration, personal correspondence and travel ephemera (44 boxes, 1 fol. item).

The Acc01.018 instalment comprises further papers documenting Grassby's career as a minister and parliamentarian and his work as Commissioner for Community Relations (6 cartons).

Biography/History

Politician. Albert (Al) Jaime Grassby was born in Brisbane in 1926 and grew up in various countries including Australia and England. He joined the Labor Party at the age of 21 and returned to Australia in 1948. In 1965, he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as the Labor member for the state electorate of Murrumbidgee. Grassby went on to enter federal politics when he became a member of the House of Representatives for the division of Riverina, 1969-1974. As Minister for Immigration in the Whitlam government from 1972 to 1974, he brought multiculturalism into the mainstream of public policy. He achieved reform in the areas of citizenship, immigration, services for people of non-English speaking backgrounds and indigenous affairs. Following his defeat at the May 1974 election he was appointed the first Commissioner for Community Relations. He participated in public debate and wrote a number of books with Marj Hill and Alex Barlow. In 2001, he became the founding director of the Multicultural Business Council. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1985, for service to community relations and, in 1986, he received the United Nations Peace Medal. Grassby died in Canberra in 2005.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 7798, MS Acc01.018.

Associated materials: Papers of Al Grassby, 1965-1974 MS 4855.

Related Material Al Grassby interviewed by Peter Biskup; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1667.  Al Grassby interviewed by Robert Linford in the Parliament's Oral History Project; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 4900/18. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available online. 
Subjects Grassby, A. J. (Albert Jaime), 1926-2005 -- Archives.  |  Australian Labor Party -- Officials and employees -- Archives.  |  Politicians -- New South Wales -- Archives.  |  Politicians -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Multiculturalism -- Australia.  |  Australia -- Race relations.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1965-  |  New South Wales -- Politics and government.
Time Coverage 1965-1984 
Occupation State and Territory politicians.  |  Federal politicians.

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