Eatock, Pat (1937-2015)

Also known as
Anderson, Pat (1937-2015)
Field of activity
Aboriginal Rights Activist; Women's Rights Activist; Public Servant; Filmmaker; Academic; Writer; Political Activist
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In 1972 Pat Eatock became the first Aboriginal to stand for Federal Parliament in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). She participated in the Aboriginal Embassy and Women's Liberation in 1972. In 1973 she became the first non-matriculated mature aged student at the Australian National University(ANU), graduating as a Bachelor of Arts in 1977. In 1975 she attended the 1975 and the in Mexico City. She has worked as a public servant, university lecturer, and established and managed the Perleeka Aboriginal Television, producing films for community television and training Aboriginal film makers from 1992-96. Pat Eatock passed away on 17 March, 2015 after a long period of ill health.

Pat Eatock was born at Redcliffe, Queensland on 14 December 1937. Her mother, Elizabeth Stephenson Anderson, was a Scottish immigrant, and her father, Roderick Eatock was of Aboriginal and English descent.

She had a disrupted education due to her father's mental illness and she left school at 14 to work in various factories. At 18 she moved to Sydney and married a cousin, Ron Eatock. They lived in Green Valley and by the time she was 26 she had had two miscarriages and five children, one of which was profoundly disabled.

She began to publicly identify as an Aboriginal in 1957 when she attended a meeting of the Union of Australian Women at which Faith Bandler spoke, but her political activities were limited by her family commitments until 1972, when she attended a FCAATSI land rights conference in Alice Springs with her sixth child.

In 1972 she left her husband and, with her baby, joined the Aboriginal Embassy in Canberra and participated in the protests against its removal. She lived initially in the Canberra headquarters of the Women's Liberation movement. She became the first Aboriginal candidate to stand for Federal parliament in the ACT when she campaigned, unsuccessfully, as an independent in the 1972 elections. Her platform, endorsed by the newly-formed Women's Electoral Lobby, focussed on Aboriginal, women's and children's issues.

In 1973 she enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts degree, becoming the first non-matriculated mature age student at the Australian National University. Majoring in Philosophy and History, she graduated in 1977. In 1975 she was sponsored by the government to attend the Alternative Tribune to the International Women's Year World Conference in Mexico City, and also attend the Women in Politics Conference in Canberra that year.

Her public service career included working as a Project Officer in the Department of Social Security's Aboriginal Unit (1978-81), and in the EEO unit of the NSW Department of TAFE (1987-89). In 1991-92 she lectured in community development at Curtin University, Western Australia. In December 1992 she established Perleeka Aboriginal Television, which she managed until its demise in 1996. Through it she trained Aboriginal film-makers, produced films for community television, and unsuccessfully attempted to open an Aboriginal TV channel. She taught Aboriginal Studies at James Cook University in 1997, and in 1999 undertook a one-year preliminary course with the intention of beginning a Masters degree in history at the University of Queensland.

In 2011 Pat Eatock came to public attention when she brought a case of racial discrimination against Andrew Bolt, journalist with the Herald and Weekly Times newspaper, the Herald Sun. The case was heard in the Federal Court of Australia. Bolt wrote a number of articles implying that people of fair skin who identified as Aboriginal did so for social and political advantage. Pat Eatock's case was upheld and the court directed the newspaper organisation to print a corrective notice.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Eatock, Pat
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Law
    Kerwin, Hollie and Rubenstein, Kim
    [2014]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
    Series: IspartOf The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century AustraliaJudith Smart and Shurlee Swain (eds.)
  3. Aunty Pat Eatock Passes Away Quietly After a Lifetime Of Glorious Noise Making
    Graham, Chris
    [2015]
    Series: IspartOf NewMatilda.com
  4. The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia
    Smart, Judith and Swain, Shurlee (eds.)
    [2014]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  5. Federal Court of Australia: Eatock v Bolt (No 2) [2011] FCA 1180
    Federal Court of Australia
    [2011]
  6. Black Demo
    Eatock, Pat
    [1973]
    Series: IspartOf Alchuringa
  7. A small but stinging twig : reflections of a black campaigner
    Eatock, Pat
    [1973]
    Series: IspartOf Politics
  8. There's a Snake in My Caravan
    Eatock, Pat
    [Ringwood]
    Published: Penguin
    Series: IspartOf Different LivesScutt, Jocelynne A.
  9. A History of Section 18C and the Racial Discrimination Act
    Marlow, Karina
    [2016]
    Series: IspartOf NITV Online
  10. From Lady Denman to Katy Gallagher: A Century of Women's Contributions to Canberra
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2013]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  11. Interview with Pat Eatock for the 'Interchange' programme December 21, 1977: a 2XX Radio Station broadcast [sound recording] / interviewer: Biff Ward.
    [6 : 1977]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    6 sound tapes. His is Your Changing Life" is a program played on Interchange, 2XX every second Wednesday at 11.30 am. How feminism has changed an individual woman's life, being affected in the Womans' Movement
    ORAL TRC 547/7-8
  12. Pat Eatock interviewed by Ann-Mari Jordens [sound recording]
    [23 May 2005 - 24 May 2005]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    8 sound files (476 min) Pat Eatock born at Redcliffe, Queensland in 1937 talks about her family history and early life; leaving school at 14 to work in various factories; at 18 moving to Sydney and marrying, Ron Eatock; how by the time she was 26 she had five children; beginning to publicly identify as an Aboriginal in 1957; attending a meeting of the Union of Australian Women at which Faith Bandler spoke; her political activities being limited by her family commitments until 1972; attending a Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI) land rights conference in Alice Springs with her sixth child; the break-up of her marriage; joining the Aboriginal Embassy in Canberra and participating in the protests against its removal; living initially in the Canberra headquarters of the Women's Liberation movement. Eatock speaks about becoming the first Aboriginal candidate to stand for Federal parliament in the ACT, being endorsed by the newly-formed Women's Electoral Lobby; in 1973 enrolling in a Bachelor of Arts degree at the Australian National University, graduating in 1977; conferences she has attended; her public service career; lecturing in community development at Curtin University, Western Australia; in December 1992, establishing and managing Perleeka Aboriginal Television, until its demise in 1996; teaching Aboriginal Studies at James Cook University in 1997; in 1999 undertaking a one-year preliminary course with the intention of beginning a Masters degree in history at the University of Queensland; her views on her life now, what she has achieved, and the inequality of women in contemporary society.
    ORAL TRC 5465

Resources by Pat Eatock (2)

  1. Pat Eatock interviewed by Ann-Mari Jordens
    Eatock, Pat, 1937-2015
    [ Sound : 2005 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Pat Eatock interviewed by Biff Ward on "This is Your Changing Life" 2XX radio program
    Eatock, Pat, 1937-2015
    [ Sound : 1977 ]
    At National Library
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  1. [Biographical cuttings on Pat Eatock, Aboriginal activist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Pat Eatock interviewed by Ann-Mari Jordens
    Eatock, Pat, 1937-2015
    [ Sound : 2005 ]
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  3. Pat Eatock interviewed by Biff Ward on "This is Your Changing Life" 2XX radio program
    Eatock, Pat, 1937-2015
    [ Sound : 1977 ]
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  4. Portrait of Pat Eatock, 23 May 2005 / Loui Seselja
    Seselja, Loui, 1948-
    [ Government publication, Photograph : 2005 ]
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    Portrait of Pat Eatock, 23 May 2005 / Loui Seselja
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  5. Collection of photographs of Pat Eatock taken during an oral history interview by Ann-Mari Jordens at the National Library of Australia, 23 May 2005 / Loui Seselja
    Seselja, Loui, 1948-
    [ Photograph : 2005 ]
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    At National Library
    Collection of photographs of Pat Eatock taken during an oral history interview by Ann-Mari Jordens at the National Library of Australia, 23 May 2005 / Loui Seselja
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  6. Portrait of Laurie Bebbington and Pat Eatock, both members of the Australian delegation to the 1975 forum of non-government organisations in Mexico City, 6th August 2005 / Bob Givens
    Givens, Bob
    [ Photograph : 2005 ]
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    At National Library
    Portrait of Laurie Bebbington and Pat Eatock, both members of the Australian delegation to the 1975 forum of non-government organisations in Mexico City, 6th August 2005 / Bob Givens
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  1. APPOINTMENTS, RETIREMENTS AND DISMISSALS.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 27 March 1952 [Issue No.25] p 2040

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  2. A small but stinging twig : reflections of a black campaigner
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  3. Racism and sexism as determinants of the status and position of Aboriginal men and women in Australia
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