Floral tie worn by the Hon. A. J. Grassby, M.H.R. at a Parliament House reception for Queen Elizabeth II, and on numerous other occasions for visiting heads of state, from 1972 to1975. Al Grassby served as Minister for Immigration under the Whitlam Labour Government (1972-1974) and was a key figure in the evolution of Australia's early multicultural policy. Grassby was well known for his flamboyance, seen in his colourful attire and his language.

Known as the father of multiculturalism in Australia, Grassby was born in Brisbane to an Irish mother and Spanish father in 1926. He travelled extensively as a child, both in Australia and Internationally. He served as in the NSW parliament from 1965 to 1969, and then was elected to Federal Parliament in 1969. As Minister for Immigration, Grassby initiated extensive reforms in immigration, citizenship and human rights legislation. After he left parliament in 1974, he was appointed the first Commissioner for Community Relations. In recognition of his pioneering work on immigration, Grassby was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1985. He also received the United Nations Peace Medal in 1986.

Physical Description

Black silk tie with pink, blue, green, yellow and brown floral pattern. Broad seventies style.

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