The Secondary Schools Aboriginal Affairs Fund was a group formed by Melbourne secondary school students in the 1960s. The donor of the badge, Michael Hetharia, writes:
In the 1960s the Secondary Schools Aboriginal Affairs Fund sought
support from secondary schools in Melbourne in their mission to
promote the advancement and self-determination of the Australian
Aboriginal community. I was a student at Altona High School
(Melbourne) at the time and recall wearing the badge on an awareness
walk in Melbourne prior to the 1967
referendum [on Aboriginal issues].
was enthused about playing an active part in promoting a social
cause and became aware of the power of democracy for the first time.
To me, the badge is a piece of memorabilia of an era when youth
challenged traditional beliefs and conventions and their opinions were
driven by cause and not the media. I
would like the badge to remind
the Australian public and in particular, the Aboriginal community of
today, that Australian youth of the 1960s played an active role in
seeking social justice for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.