Gordon Briscoe

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For the fictional character Dr Gordon Briscoe played by David Tennant and John Glen, see The Quatermass Experiment.
Gordon Briscoe
Born 1938 (age 78–79)
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Nationality Australian
Education BA (Hist), MA, PhD - Australian National University
Occupation Research Fellow
Employer Australian National University
Home town Adelaide, South Australia

Dr Gordon Briscoe AO (born in 1938) is an Indigenous Australian academic and activist. He is also a former soccer player.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, Briscoe is descended from the Marduntjara and Pitjantjatjara nations of Central Australia. As a boy he was removed from his mother as a child and was educated at St Francis House in Adelaide.[2]


He was involved in the establishment in New South Wales of the Aboriginal Progress Association in the 1950s, the Aboriginal Legal Service in the 1960s and the Aboriginal Medical Service in 1972.[3]


In 1981 he began his academic career with the Australian National University. His focus is on Indigenous history and was involved in the production of the SBS documentary First Australians.[3]


After playing state league for Adelaide Croatia alongside Charles Perkins and John Moriarty, Briscoe moved to England in 1958 with the hope of playing professional football. He had stints at Barnet and Preston North End (although he did not make a first team appearance), before returning to Australia at the suggestion of his former schoolmate and teammate Perkins.[1][4]

Gordon Briscoe, as well as Charlie Perkins and John Moriarty, later played recreational soccer with the Australian National University Soccer Club from 1968 to about 1972.


  1. ^ a b Jupp, James (2001). The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, Its People and Their Origins. Cambridge University Press. p. 248. ISBN 0-521-80789-1. 
  2. ^ "People - Gordon Briscoe". Collaborating for Indigenous Rights. National Museum of Australia. Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Staff Profile - John Moriarty". Australian National University. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Catalogue - Summary". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2008-12-16. 

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