Unisex jacket

Production date
2002
Country
China
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Object detail

Description
Waterproof, red unisex padded soft shell jacket with detachable hood, navy fleece lined collar, mesh lining, zippered opening in hood, curved sleeves, drawstring bottom hem and Velcro adjustment at bottom sleeves. Front pockets and chest pocket with zippers and one mesh pocket.
Classification
COSTUME man
COSTUME Sportswear man
Maker
Production date
2002
Production place
Measurements
Width (hem):685mm
Length (shoulder to hem): 760mm
Width (shoulder): 230mm
Circumference (neck/collar): 580mm
Length/height (hood): 310mm
Width (hood neck): 440mm
Width (collar): 90mm
Length (outer sleeve): 610mm
Length (inner sleeve): 500mm
Media/Materials description
Polyester
Signature/Marks
OBVERSE: /11/ TIGER/
REVERSE: / TIGER 11/ TEAM WITHOUT BORDERS/
LABEL: /PRINTER/ ACTIVE SPORTSWEAR/ X-LARGE/ MADE IN CHINA/
History and use
This jacket was worn by members of the Tiger 11, a Brisbane-based soccer team made up of asylum seekers, the majority of whom fled Taliban persecution in Afghanistan.The team also included boys from the Sudan, Eritrea, Iran and Iraq.
In 2000, more than 60 young unaccompanied humanitarian minors or unaccompanied refugee minors arrived in Queensland on temporary protection visas after spending up to 17 months in a detention centre. Predominantly unaccompanied Afghan minors, seeking asylum most were members of the Afghani Hazara ethnic minority and were subject to persecution under the Taliban and the war lord regimes. The team also included boys from the Sudan, Eritrea, Iran and Iraq.


According to a statement to Queensland's Legislative Assembly by ALP Minister for Families Hon. J C Spence in May 2002, despite their previous experience of great trauma and dislocation, the boys managed to live independently, sharing accommodation and other day-to-day arrangements such as budgeting, shopping cooking, cleaning and washing, while at the same time, attending school where they excelled at study and sport, notably soccer.


Donated by former Canberran of the Year and Centenary Medal winner, Frederika Steen AM, the jacket is part of a collection documenting the multiple human rights events and causes Frederika has been involved with over her long career as a human rights supporter and activist.


The collection highlights not only the importance of human rights issues in both a political and social sense, but also links to more recent and growing numbers of refugees and those seeking asylum as a result of global warming and climate change.
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Registration number
H50694

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