Summary

Booklet titled 'Australia's Racial Heritage' it contains an address given by Sir Raphael Cilento at the Australian League of Rights Seminar held in Melbourne in September, 1971. Sir Raphael Cilento was an Australian medical practitioner and public servant, he helped shape policy and practice in the development of quarantine and tropical disease management, served as the first State director-general of health and medical services in Queensland, was actively involved with the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, worked with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration during World War II, was an early advocate of the importance of Australia's Asia-Pacific context, and was President of both the Historical Society of Queensland and of the National Trust of Queensland.

Despite these achievements following his resignation from the UN in 1950, he found it difficult to find suitable government or academic appointments on his return to Australia. It has been suggested this was a result of his failure to develop beyond his earliest ideas, his increasing conservatism on many issues and frequent alignment with the extreme right of Australian politics. A man of his time he was fascinated with the interaction of population and resources, a defender the White Australia policy, and although he was critical of Government health policy for Indigenous Australians his later work included offensive commentary on Aboriginal societies.

Physical Description

A staple-bound booklet containing the text of an address by Sir Raphael Cilento to the Australian League of Rights Seminar, September 1971. Black text on white paper. Cover is black card with white text and an excerpt of text featuring in the centre of the cover.

Significance

This is one of an important collection of documents representing the anti-immigration debate in Australia. Many were first published by the Australian League of Rights several years ago and are either still for sale or have been reprinted.

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