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Harry Christian Giese Collection

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Collection number 15-036
Collection title Harry Christian Giese Collection
Date range (approx.) 1954-2000
Shelf meters (approx.) 1.3
Scope and contents Documents on Aboriginal affairs, education and arts, missions, speeches and reports and other material generated in the administration of the Northern Territory, including policy notes, speeches, reports and radio talks.


Physical description Manuscripts, photocopies, published and unpublished printed matter (books, journals, pamphlets, fliers), clippings, photographs, maps, etc.
Language English
Czech
Collection created by Harry Giese
Giese family
Biographical history Harry Christian Giese AM MBE (1913-2000) made a major contribution to health and education in the Northern Territory. He played a key role in the establishment of the Menzies School of Health Research, bringing together stakeholders, the NT government, the University of Sydney, the Menzies Foundation and the embryo Northern Territory University, to organise the now-thriving School meeting the challenges of living in tropical and arid regions, and improving the health of Indigenous Australians. Giese was a passionate Territorian, advocating and working towards self-government for the Northern Territory, and helping formulate policy and programs after it was won in 1978. He also became the Territory’s first Ombudsman.

A member of the Darwin community from 1954, he came to the Territory to build what became the largest department of the Northern Territory Administration, the Welfare Branch, and with fellow reformers help create the infrastructure of modern life from the ruins of World War II. He was the longest-serving member of the NT Legislative Council, from 1954-73.

Born in Greenbushes, Western Australia, Harry Giese was the descendant of a German family which arrived in Australia in the 1870s. Educated at the Universities of Western Australia and Melbourne, from 1944-47 he was Queensland’s first Director of Physical Education, after military service and a similar job in WA. He then worked in Canberra for the Public Service Board and in 1954 was appointed to the newly-created job of NT Director of Welfare. He served the Administration until 1973, in ‘arduous and controversial’ roles at the centre of Australian federal government policy.

This collection reflects his 50-year dedication to establishing and building Territory community organisations and working with fellow citizens to build groups ‘operated and managed by the community itself’.

Director of Welfare, Northern Territory Administration, 1954-73;
Founding Chairman, NT Committee and Member, National Executive, Menzies Foundation, 1979-85;
Member, Menzies School of Health Board, 1985-95, Deputy-Chairman, 1987-95 (see link below);
Legislative Council of the Northern Territory, 1954-73;
Special Advisor and Consultant to NT Chief Minister and NT Assembly, 1976-80;
Chairman, History Unit, 1980-82.

Foundation President and Life Member of community organizations including Royal Life Saving Society, Carpentaria Disability Services, Royal Institute of Public Administration, NT Rugby Union, Wanderers Football Club, NT Historical Society, Darwin Probus Club. 
Provenance Records arranged and donated by the Giese family.
Box list available? No
Item list available? Yes. Please open HCGiese_ItemList.pdf on this page
Conditions governing access Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers are advised that this collection may contain images or names of people who have since passed away
Access requires the permission of the donor. This can be arranged by contacting the Archivist on (08) 8946 7794 or at ara@cdu.edu.au.
Related material NTRS 226, TS 755: oral history interviews with Harry Giese, including transcripts, April 1987-September 1991, on Aboriginal affairs and his other work (held by Northern Territory Archives Service, Darwin)
NTRS 1043/P1; PAC 33, in Boxes 2A, 2B, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13A, 13B, 17A, 17B, 18, 19. Menzies School of Health Research: letters, minutes, draft legislation, objectives and planning, applications for positions and grants, and priorities for research (held by Northern Territory Archives Service, Darwin)
15-037 Nancy (Nan) Giese Collection held by the Arafura Research Archive (see link below)
Location Arafura Research Archive. Please contact the Archivist on (08) 8946 7794 or at ara@cdu.edu.au for more information
Institution Charles Darwin University, Darwin
Description for Link 15-037 Nancy (Nan) Giese Collection
Northern Territory Archives Service
Menzies Foundation obituary
URL http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:59607
https://artsandmuseums.nt.gov.au/northern-territory-archives-service
https://menziesfoundation.org.au/harry-christian-giese


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