Charles and Adam

Michael Riley, Charles and Adam, 1990-2013, from the series Portraits by a Window, pigment UltraChrome ink on Platine fibre rag, 53 x 40.9cm (image size) 55.5 x 43.4cm (frame size), TCG9718
collection: Chau Chak Wing Museum, University of Sydney, Sydney; National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

Charles Perkins was one of Aboriginal Australia’s most significant activists and administrators. He led the 1965 Freedom Ride protesting against discrimination against Aboriginal people in rural New South Wales. He was the first Aboriginal person to graduate from the University of Sydney in 1966. His son, Adam Perkins, achieved a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New South Wales and began his career in stockbroking. He remains in this field as a private investor.

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