University Events Calendar

October, 2019

September Events November Events View Full Year

Ashley Mallett - The Boys from St Francis

Date/Time: Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide

Cost: $5 at the door or FREE for current students

More information: Visit website

This remarkable true story pays tribute to a group of Aboriginal boys who grew up together in an Adelaide beach suburb--many succeeding spectacularly in later life.

In 1945, Anglican priest Father Percy Smith brought six boys from their Northern Territory home to Adelaide. Here, they became the first boys of St Francis, a place that would house 50 such boys over 11 years. Some were sent, with the blessing of their mothers, to gain an education. Others were members of the Stolen Generations.

Speaking with Ashley Mallett, many of these men recall Father Smith's kindness and care. His successors, however, were often brutal, and the boys faced prejudice in a wider world largely built to exclude Indigenous Australians ...

Contact: Mr Paul Wilkins, Email:, Secretary , Friends of the University of Adelaide Library, Business: +61 8 83135223 , Fax: +61 8 83134369