Roger Brailsford

This page lists the autobiography and personal papers collection of Roger Brailsford.


I came to live and work in the Northern Territory (NT) in February 1972 as an employee of Welfare Branch, NT Administration then part of the federal Department of the Interior. 

My job was a Patrol Officer In Training. After completing field based training and 18 months at the Australian School of Pacific Administration in Sydney, I was attached to the Alice Springs office of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) as a Community Adviser working with Indigenous groups in: Alice Springs Town Camps; Yuendumu; Areyonga (later called Utju); and Jay Creek (Iwupataka). 

I continued in this and similar roles in Central Australia while working with DAA until December 1980 and the NT Department of Community Development (DCD) until 1986.

In 1986, I was promoted to a Darwin based Director role with DCD until the DCD was abolished in 1987. 

From 1987 to 1993, I worked in NT Department of Education in both policy and management positions including the establishment of the Aboriginal Education Programs Management Unit. 

In 1993 I transferred to the Conservation Commission of the NT (CCNT) and undertook a review of NT Archives and also managed their Ministerial Liaison/Secretariat jobs. 

I then transferred to the role of the Katherine Regional Director for the Department of Lands, Housing and Local Government in the period April 1995 to December 1996. Between early 1996 and mid-1998, I worked for the Bagot Community Incorporated, an Indigenous community on Bagot Road, as the community's Health Clinic Manager. 

In 1998, I was employed by the Commonwealth Department of Health and was involved with the establishment of the Katherine West Health Board and the Tiwi Health Board. 

I transferred to the NT Department of Health in 2002 as Principal Policy Officer in the Health Services Division. 

In early 2005, I was given leave without pay to accept a secondment to the Co-operative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, which was co-located with the Menzies School of Health Research, under the leadership of Mr Mick Gooda.

In late 2005, I was attached to the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT) to assist this peak body for Aboriginal community controlled health services resolve a range of complex policy issues. 

In 2008, I accepted a full time position with AMSANT and was involved in the development of regionalised Aboriginal community controlled health services. 

I accepted a redundancy from AMSANT in February 2013 when I was able to demonstrate that the organisation needed to reduce its outgoings. 

My partner Sue Keys and I established Tjitabine Consulting and Design as a private company. 

Sue Keys and I then sold our house in Millner in August 2013 and moved to Daylesford, Victoria. 

I continue to provide consultancy services to a number of NT based Indigenous organisations.

Roger Brailsford

Guide to the manuscript of Roger Brailsford

MS105/1/1-41. Parap – An Architectural Survey
 Part 1 of 2
 The area bound by Dick Ward Drive, East Point Road, Gregory St, Parap Rd, Ross Smith Ave, Stuart Highway, and Bagot Road
 2. Parap – An Architectural Survey
 Part 2 of 2
 The area bound by Dick Ward Drive, East Point Road, Gregory St, Parap Rd, Ross Smith Ave, Stuart Highway, and Bagot Road
 3. The Architecture of Post War Parap
 The area bound by Dick Ward Drive, East Point Road, Gregory St, Parap Rd, Ross Smith Ave, Stuart Highway, and Bagot Road
 4. Parap – As it is
 The area bound by Dick Ward Drive, East Point Road, Gregory St, Parap Rd, Ross Smith Ave, Stuart Highway, and Bagot Road 
 [Photographer, Roger Brailsford]
 5. Photographs and negatives 1997 of lots featured in Parap -  an architectural survey.
MS105/2/1-41. Agriculture and Outstation Development
 C.A.A.C. Discussion Paper by T. Cutter et al, May 1978
 2. A synopsis of Finke River Mission's Approach to Aboriginal Affairs, March 1979
 3. Principles relating to housing amongst Aboriginal groups associated with Hermannsburg, written by Garry Stall, Rex Ziersch and John Schmaal
 4. Social implications for funding
MS105/3/1-4Decentralisation trends among Aboriginal communities
 1. Sketch History of Aboriginal Land Rights in the N.T.
 2. Aboriginal advice to Government
 3. Decentralisation trends among Aboriginal communities by H.C. Coombs, 14 August 1973
 4. Aboriginal housing in central Australia : policy and practices
MS105/4Town Camps
 Minutes relating to the Town Camp report; Alice Springs Town special purpose leases; Town camps Visit – approved and unapproved sites; 'Response by governments to the final report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody' by Robert Tickner MP; completed forms for town camps detailing location, population, elders, housing, water supply, sewerage, electricity and garbage disposal; maps and areas.
MS105/5Alice Springs Town Camps Survey, February – March 1981
 1. 'Alcoholism' a paper by Rev Paul Albrecht (Finke River Mission of the United Evangelical Church), Mission/Administration Conference, July 1961. 
MS105/6/1-2['Pastor Paul Albrecht was the Lutheran Church Superintendent in charge of the Hermannsberg Mission. This paper was one of the earliest attempts to document the impact of alcohol on Aboriginal society' Brailsford]
 2. 'Community government models for small towns in the Northern Territory' by Graham Phegan, North Australia Research Unit Conference 1989.
MS105/7Certificate course for Field Officers of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs developed by the Australian School of Pacific Administration, 1973. ['The last two NT Field Officer's courses ever held at ASOPA were the class of 1972-73 (of which I was a member) and the class of 1973-74.  These courses have been identified in the years since as extremely valuable because of the practical nature of the subjects taught' Brailsford]
MS105/8/1-31. Sunday – Aka Pepa, Jay Creek Church 1942 – 1992
 ['Obtained while I was based at Jay Creek. In the period after I left Jay Creek (1977), the community population declined and by the mid-1980s, the community was unoccupied and abandoned. The booklet is probably one of the few remaining examples that mark the activities that occurred in the community.' Brailsford]
 2. Visits to Arnhem Land, April and June 1975, Council for Aboriginal Affairs.
 3. Aboriginal town camps; community profiles for Burunga, Beswick, Milikapiti, Pularumpi.
MS105/9/1-21. 'Darwin Aboriginal town camps' a discussion paper by Department of Community Development, Aboriginal Community Worker Programme, 1stJuly 1980.
 2. A report on the development of a strategy for the provision of camping areas for Aboriginals in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.
MS105/10Community government Field Officers conference held in Katherine, 27, 28, 29 July 1983.
MS105/11Stepping forward together, your community and Batchelor College, community consultations, 1995.
MS105/12/1-41. Government financial assistance to Aboriginals 1980-81 Ministerial directive and programming guidelines, Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
 2. Rules governing the provision and use of grants to communities and organisations, Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
 3. Conditions for grants from the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
 4. Criteria for financial assistance to organisations applying for subsidies, Department of Community Development.
MS105/13NT town camps survey Katherine region 1989 compiled by MW Heggen, Field Officer, Alice Springs December 1989.

Last updated: 11 October 2017