John Kevin Raphael Doolan (AA 632)


AA 632


The South Australian Museum Archive collection comprises stories, songs and vocabularies recorded by Jack Doolan at the Palm Island Government Settlement during 1963-64. The collection contains 20 magnetic reel to reel tapes.

John Doolan was born on 14 June 1927, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Known as Jack Doolan, he served in the Royal Australian Navy as well as serving two terms as an Australian Labor Party Member of the Legislative Assembly for Victoria River, Northern Territory. Between his military and political careers, Doolan worked as a Patrol Officer. During this time Doolan came into contact with Norman B Tindale and subsequently recorded oral histories with Aboriginal Palm Islanders in Queensland. He died in 1995.

The Museum Board of South Australia

For all South Australian Museum Archive and Australian Aboriginal Family History requests please contact the Archives Collection Manager or Aboriginal Family History Officer by post, fax or email with relevant research and contact details. Once your request has been received, you will be contacted to discuss the procedures required to process your application and make arrangements to view the collection items. Access to the South Australian Museum Archives and Reading Room must be organised a minimum of two weeks in advance, as access is by appointment only.


Aboriginal culture; Aboriginal peoples (Australians)

Aboriginal Palm Islanders; Oral histories

Aboriginal peoples; Interviews; Narratives; Oral History; Songs; Vocabularies

John (Jack) Doolan; Norman B Tindale

Sound recordings

Coverage Spatial

Palm Island, Queensland

Coverage Temporal



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