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Oodgeroo Noonuccal Papers

  • UQFL84
  • Collection
  • 1916-1985

This collection contains poetry, prose, speeches, and reports; correspondence; photographs, newspaper cuttings; press releases; invitations; programmes; research material; and plans.

Oodgeroo Noonuccal, 1920-1993

'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-

'Unpublished playscripts and stories'

The original folder had two titles 'Unpublished playscripts and stories'. Some scripts have multiple copies, some have drafts, and some have annotations. It contains the following scripts: 'Bora. Initiation' (3 drafts), 'Civilised savages: one act play', 'Old Mick' (3 drafts, one incomplete), 'Playabout corroboree', 'Tail of platypus' (3 drafts), 'Tea party. Review.' (2 drafts), and 'You can't trust no one no how'. The last item is a photocopied typescript (8 leaves) with 'Tape excerpt (verbatim)' written across the top of every page. The 'interviewee' is an Australian Aboriginal giving a commentary on the 'Police' ; 'What is an Aboriginal?'; and 'Discrimination'.

Play, radio and film scripts

This folder contains:
2 play scripts. -- 'Manhunt' (handwritten in a notebook, dated 1968) and 'The play that never was' (cover title), 'Patience required for the problemental pass' (title on contents page) (stapled typescript booklet);
1 script for a radio program titled 'An Aboriginal Legend' which was part of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (Queensland Branch) series 'Grade 3 Social Studies' aired on 6 Apr 1973;
1 script for a film broadcast of 'Stradbroke dreamtime' starring Kath Walker, produced by Val Hartigan - includes a shooting schedule, timings and footage estimates (13 leaves; handwritten annotations);
1 [radio] script titled 'Kath Walker : Story teller' (which includes the story 'Biami and Bunyip);

Speeches and reports, undated and loose sheets

This file contains 16 speeches or reports and notes by, or attributed to, Kath Walker. They are:

  1. Speech beginning, "I grew up on Stradbroke Island.."
  2. '20th Century Aborigines'
  3. 'Re Aboriginal Voting in Queensland : an Aborigines Point of View'
  4. 'Powerless Australians'
  5. 'International Women's Day : re Equality, Development and Peace'
  6. 'The Ethnic Problem in Australia'
  7. 'Political rights for Aborigines', F.C.A.A.T.S.I. Conference
  8. 'Black and White Power in Queensland : An Open Letter to the People of Australia'
  9. 'Moreton Island'
  10. 'Teachers notes: more contemporary Australian poets. Speak no. 2. Kath Walker.'
  11. Handwritten notes and transcript beginning, "Mr Elliott, Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome. Thank you for coming here tonight to demonstrate your interest in, and concern, for Stradbroke."
  12. Review of book by Kevin Gilbert Because a white man'll never do it by Kath Walker.
  13. 'Australian one-act plays : a select list' [by Kath Walker] with annotations.
  14. 'Kath Walker Transcript' of cassette from Cinetel Productions (9 leaves)
  15. Unruled notepad with handwritten notes for speech or report about the Queensland Branch of the Australian Labor Party, Women, Migrants, Aborigines and Youth. Notepad begins with unrelated notes such as shopping lists.
    There are also 8 loose pages which may belong to speeches in this subseries.

Publishers, L to W

This file includes requests to write articles and/or review books, and reproduce literary works from publishers including: Lansdowne Press; Longman; Macmillan; McPhee Gribble; Nation Review; Penguin; Reader's Digest; Rigby; Social Alternatives; South Head Press; Thomas Nelson; University of Queensland Press; and Western Australia Department of Education.

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