Charles Perkins: Early Years: Aboriginal Activist And Aboriginal Leader

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Charles Perkins: Early Years • Aboriginal activist and Aboriginal leader • Charles (Charlie) Perkins was born at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station Aboriginal Reserve in the Northern Territory in 1936. His parents were Arrente and Kalkadoon people. Removed from the Reserve at the age of 10 he was sent to a home for boys in Adelaide where he completed his schooling. • Between 1952 and 1957, Perkins worked as an apprentice fitter and turner for the British Tube Mills company in Adelaide • By the age of 21, Charles was one of the highest-paid soccer players in Adelaide. • Charles left Adelaide to pursue his soccer career in England. In London he started training with Everton Club. University and Freedom Rides • On his return to Australia, his

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