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'Burr-Nong Centre'

Original folder titled 'Burr-Nong Centre'. The file includes correspondence (draft outgoing, outgoing and incoming); 'Summary of Recommendations put forward in "The Feasibility of the 'Boornong' Project"'; and documents on bora grounds.

'For the Anti-bridge committee'

Original folder titled 'For the Anti-bridge committee'. Includes reports, newspaper cuttings, correspondence, newsletters, journal article, press statement, and ephemera relating to the proposed bridge to link the mainland and North Stradbroke Island.

'French translations of Colloquium papers'

Original folder titled 'French translations of Colloquium papers' and contains 10 poems: ‘Le Crime du Pere Jacquot Le Noir’ (incomple), ‘Le Racisme’, ‘Le Bunyip’, ‘Banal’, ‘Yussef (Hi-jacker)’, ‘La Civilisation’, ‘Mon Enfant’, ‘Mont Bluff’, ‘Les Droits De L'Aborigine’, and ‘Premiere Partie La Nature du Reve’ (incomplete).

'Manuscripts submitted to A&R'

The original folder was titled 'Manuscripts submitted to A&R' and contains short stories and poems submitted to Angus and Robertson. Some have corrections and annotations. Indicated in square brackets after the tile are handwritten notes that appear on the first page. Some may also have corrections. This file contains:
‘Beginning of Life’ (published as ‘The Beginning of Life’) [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Biami and Bunyip’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Burr+Nong (Bora Ring)’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
Boonah (Bloodwood Gum)' [submitted to A&R.];
‘The Carpet Snake’ (published as Carpet Snake) [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Curlew’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Dear Boys and Girls’ (letter) [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘The Dugong Hunt’ (published as Dugong Coming!) [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Dunwich Stradbroke Island Assimilation of Aborigines’ (2 drafts);
‘Edward Ruska’;
'The Exercise Book' [submitted to A&R.];
‘The Fisherman’ [? submitted to A&R.];
‘Going Crabbing’ [original had not submitted to A&R but the not has been crossed out. Accepted];
‘The Hunter’ (published as The Shark) [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Interlude’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
'Joshua and Roo-Roo';
'Kill to eat' [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
'Mai (Black Bean)';
‘Midden’ (published as ‘The Midden’) [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Mirrabooka (Southern Cross)’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Muma's Pet’ [submitted to A&R.];
‘Not Our Day’ [submitted to A&R.];
‘Pomera (Banksia)’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Racism’ (3 copies);
‘School Days’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Stradbroke’ [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘Talwalpin (Cotton Tree) and Kowinka (Red Mangrove)' [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
'Tia Gam (Lawyer Vine)' [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
'Tuggan-Tuggan (Silky Oak)' [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
‘We three’ (poem) [submitted to A&R.];
'Wher's Mother (published as Where's Mother) [submitted to A&R. Accepted];
'Wonga and Nudu' [submitted to A&R. Accepted].

'North Stradbroke'

Original folder titled 'North Stradbroke'. Includes correspondence; the Stradbroke Island Management Organisation Constitution; reports; peat-mine proposal information; journal articles; and ephemera. There is an inscribed copy of: Meitz, Mervyn N. The Cleveland log : history of South Moreton Bay Area from 1770-1900's. Cleveland : Redland Print, 1971? (inscription: With thanks Kath Walker from Cleveland School M. N. Beitz)

'Poems'

Original folder titled 'Poems' containing typescript and/or handwritten poems which may have multiple copies or drafts. This file contains the following poems:
‘Aboriginal Charter of Rights’ (2 drafts, from My people);
‘Balance’;
‘The Black Commandments’ (2 drafts);
‘Bluff Mountain’ (2 drafts);
‘The Boomerang’ (2 drafts);
'The Bunyip’ (2 drafts, from My people);
‘Civilization’ (2 drafts, from My people);
‘Commonplace’ (2 drafts, one typescript, one handwritten – with photocopy);
‘Community rain song', Dawn’ (2 drafts);
‘Dead Life’;
‘Death of a Bunya Pine’ (handwritten);
‘Dim Lit Street’;
‘Exile’ (8 drafts, handwritten);
‘Film Man’ (handwritten);
‘First Love’;
‘The Fisherman’;
‘For Llwelyn’;
‘Forbidden Love’ (3 drafts);
'Germany forgive our sins';
‘The Golden Voice’ (2 drafts);
‘Justice’ (written on the back of booklet, Information for your visit to Rome);
‘Lament of the Dead’;
‘Life gets Teadious’ (2 drafts);
‘Lost Love (for Bill)’ (with attached poem, 'Bill') (both handwritten);
'The Masterpiece’ (handwritten);
‘Mia Filo’;
‘Minjerriba’;
‘Moongalba Night’ (handwritten);
‘Moongalba Peacocks’;
‘Not my Style’;
‘Oh Truganner’;
‘Oration’ (written in red pen across typescript poem ‘Censored’);
‘Peacocks’ (handwritten);
‘Return to Nature’ (2 drafts);
‘Sammy Sparrow’;
‘Sister Poet’;
‘Son of Son of Mine’ (3 drafts);
‘A Song of Hope’ (with letter);
‘Spinners’;
‘Spring is’ (photocopy of handwritten poem);
‘The Storm’ (handwritten);
‘Sunrise’ (2 drafts);
'Teachers';
‘Time is Running out’;
'United we win' (handwritten);
'We are Going’.
Untitled poems (title from first line): 'But the speakers voice', 'Hello tree', 'Oh ancient city of Kano', 'We, at the Jungai Summer School', and 'Who stole his pride'.

'Poems, unpublished'

The original folder was titled 'Poems unpublished' and has a contents listing by Kath Walker. Some poems have been published since the author created this file. It contains 34 poems, some with copies or drafts. The poems are:

  1. 'I'm Not’ (3 drafts, one handwritten);
  2. ‘Westerlies’ (On the back of ‘The glass island’ by Laurie Neill);
  3. ‘Butcher Bird’ (4 drafts, one handwritten);
  4. ‘Hari Sastra’ (3 handwritten drafts);
  5. ‘Little Bean’ (2 drafts, one handwritten);
  6. ‘Oration’ (5 drafts);
  7. ‘Full Moon’ (5 drafts);
  8. ‘Mangrove Bird’ (7 drafts);
  9. ‘Exhausted’ (2 drafts);
  10. ‘Wedding Song’ (6 drafts);
  11. ‘Dead Wood’ (6 drafts);
  12. ‘Hercules’ (2 drafts);
  13. ‘Child of Two Races’ (2 drafts);
  14. ‘No Place to Go’ (3 drafts, one handwritten);
  15. ‘Roebun Lament’ (2 drafts);
  16. ‘Blue Crane’ (handwritten);
  17. ‘Will I?’ (3 drafts);
  18. ‘Minjerriba’ (4 drafts, one handwritten);
  19. ‘To a Policeman’ (3 drafts);
  20. ‘Noises’ (3 drafts, one handwritten);
  21. ‘Credit and Loss’ (4 drafts);
  22. ‘Furry Friend’ (4 drafts);
  23. ‘Can you?’ (6 drafts);
  24. ‘Lovers Quarrel’ (4 drafts);
  25. ‘Yussef’ (6 drafts, two handwritten (one on a British airways waste disposal bag with an accompanying letter);
  26. ‘Commonplace’ (4 drafts, one a photocopied handwritten draft);
  27. ‘The Fisherman’ (3 drafts);
  28. ‘Grey Gum’;
  29. ‘Civilised Man’ (3 drafts, one handwritten);
  30. ‘Sunrise over Stradbroke’ (3 drafts);
  31. ‘Poets (for Jack Davis)’ (3 drafts, one handwritten);
  32. ‘Black Prostitute’ (3 drafts, one handwritten);
  33. ‘Sister Poet’ (1 draft, 1 carbon copy);
  34. ‘Iban Long house’ (3 drafts, one handwritten).

'Stories from Australia' (Stradbroke Dreamtime)

Bound typescript draft (70 leaves ; 30 cm) with annotations, layout notes and edits of 'Stories from Australia' (Stradbroke dreamtime), published in 1971 by Angus and Robertson in folder with title on cover: 'Kath Walker MS.' Included in folder are 25 line drawings by Dennis Schapel for the book.

Schapel, Dennis, 1944-

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