"I'll have to reduce or nothing I've got'll fit me!"
A minor figure in what the academy is even now making a major discipline, the depiction of Aboriginality, Jolliffe might be worth a dissertation or two at most, and then only at LaTrobe. There is another side to Jolliffe, however, one that came to light only with today's re-publication by Andrew Bolt of a young doctor's biographical profile. It seems Jolliffe was also something of a seer and prophet. Judging by the caption and the pair of proto-hippies coming over the rise, the below cartoon must have been sketched not long before the 1967 referendum.
"When we get a job, a vote and are civilised -- will we have to look like that"
(Again, apologies for the cartoons' size. For some reason Blogger cannot render them large as the originals)
Well here we are, forty-plus years on, and Aborigines really can "look like that" -- right down to striking all but administrators of grants and scholarships (and Federal Court judges) as being entirely white.
"Leila was admitted to medicine as part of the indigenous program."
And Witchetty's Tribe? It is true they now have the vote, but they're still black, still in the bush, still jobless -- and still regarded by too many patronising and civilised eyes as little more than caricatures. It is a cruel joke, one that makes the dated innocence of Jolliffe's bad taste seem as nothing at all.