Aboriginal activist and founding member of the Black Panther Party of Australia
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Foley leaving Communist Party Headquarters in Day St Sydney. ASIO was concerned about the connection between black activisim and communism. The Communist party supported landrights and social justice for Aboriginal Australia before any other major party.
Whilst ASIO was concernned that Foely and his coleagues were falling under the influence of the Communist Party and his attendance at CPA HQ reinforced this concern Foley says that he was there to learn how to develop photographs. Noel Hazzard photographer on the communist party's newspaper Tribune was teaching him in the dark room at the CPA. The package he is seen carrying is photographic paper and prints.
Gary Foley photogra[phy, probably in Dixon St Sydney, near the headquaters of the Communist Party. As a member of the Black Pather Party Foley was regarded with particulkar interest by ASIO. He represented a new and more agressive attitude to black rights.
Here Gary Foley is seen with Black Panther Denis Walker. Walker was regarded as one of the most militant activists in Australia. Gary Foely claims that Walker kept an oil drum of black dye in his backyard and all new clothes were boiled to produce a uniform fashion statement.
Gary Foley in Dixon St Sydney
ASIO files reveal Foley making use of Communist Party facilities, finance and services in the cause of Black rights. He claims however that he was never beholden to the Party and was never a Communist being more a black nationalist.
Again in Dixon St, Gary Foely is seen with Queensland radical Sam Watson Jr and Dennis Freney, member of the Communist Party, journalist and editor of Party newspaper Tribune. Freney was a leading figure in the anti apartheid movement and the struggle for social justice for Aborigines. He is one of the unsung heros of the left. He wrote an extraordinary autobiography entitled "The Book Of Days"
Gary Foley with an unidentified female colleague
Foley with Geraldine Willessee, journalist daughter of Labor minister Don Willesee.
Foley with other members of the Black Panther Party of Australia. Gary Williams, Denis Walker and
ASIO photographers hung on the peripery of public meetings recording as many people as they could. Quite often they wiuld appear to be photo enthusiasts in full view of their targets.
Here again the photographer would have been close to his subjects. Standing on the corner of George and Bathurst St in Sydney this photographer took dozens of photographs as protesters in the Moratoroium for Black Rights walked past in 1972.
Inside the departure lounge at Mascot airport Sydney. This photograph was taken with what was called a butter box. The camera, hidden inside a briefcase, was triggered externally by the photographer. These photographs were printed and stuck onto sheets of paper. The numbers on the photographs realted to notes on who was who written onto the paper. Foley is #1 on the left.