Dr. Gary Foley is of Gumbaynggir descent. He has been at the centre of major political activities including the 1971 Springbok tour demonstrations, the Tent Embassy in Canberra in 1972, the Commonwealth Games protest in 1982, and more recently, the protests during the 1988 bicentennial celebrations.
He was one of the founders of Redfern’s Aboriginal Legal Service (in Sydney) and the Aboriginal Medical Service in Melbourne.
In 2014 he completed his PhD in History at the University of Melbourne. In 2015 he was appointed Professor in History at Victoria University